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Postage Due (by annie [IN]) Apr 19, 2019 7:18 AM
       Postage Due (by WMH [NC]) Apr 19, 2019 7:24 AM
       Postage Due (by WMH [NC]) Apr 19, 2019 7:25 AM
       Postage Due (by Busy [WI]) Apr 19, 2019 8:08 AM
       Postage Due (by myob [GA]) Apr 19, 2019 8:11 AM
       Postage Due (by JB [OR]) Apr 19, 2019 8:53 AM
       Postage Due (by Robert J [CA]) Apr 19, 2019 10:37 AM
       Postage Due (by Jim In O C [CA]) Apr 19, 2019 10:39 AM
       Postage Due (by Jeff [CO]) Apr 19, 2019 11:10 AM
       Postage Due (by David [MI]) Apr 19, 2019 11:20 AM
       Postage Due (by Pmh [TX]) Apr 19, 2019 12:50 PM
       Postage Due (by Vee [OH]) Apr 19, 2019 2:03 PM
       Postage Due (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Apr 20, 2019 12:50 AM
       Postage Due (by Hoosier [IN]) Apr 22, 2019 9:15 AM

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Postage Due (by annie [IN]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 7:18 AM

Went to the PO Box yesterday -- had postage due mail from a prospective tenant who failed to put sufficient postage on the envelope when mailing the application back (our application and related documents are about 6-7 pages long).

This has happened quite a few times in the past. The envelope had no return address, so it could not be sent back to the sender. I told the clerk to just throw it away.

I figured that if they are not smart enough to put sufficient postage on an envelope, and NO return address, then I don't want them as a tenant.

I suppose I could change our application to remind the dummies to put sufficient postage on the envelope and their return address.

Maybe a knee jerk response, but I am tired of babysitting everyone.

Postage Due (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 7:24 AM

Here's is what happens: it might still WEIGHT the first-class rate for a letter, but the USPS has enacted rules that if the ENVELOPE is not totally flat, postage rates go up. I got one the other day - tenant was returning a key, very lightweight - but it made the envelope lumpy, so we had to pay $2.15 postage due to get it.

I didn't blame her, who would know that? I always thought it was weight-driven.

Postage Due (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 7:25 AM

WEIGHT = weigh, of course.

Postage Due (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 8:08 AM

Sure, itís a babysitting thing, but, could you advise applicants to use X amount of postage? . I see greeting cards that have an envelope marked Ďextra postage requiredí.

It would be a shame to lose an otherwise great tenant over such a minor thing. How many of us even mail much of anything these days?

( but, I hear ya. Gets annoying when people should think things through....)

Postage Due (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 8:11 AM

what if there was a cash app fee in there?

If there that dumb--?

Postage Due (by JB [OR]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 8:53 AM

It seems rather petty to me. Yes, babysitting is what we (are often force to) do.

Postage Due (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 10:37 AM

Several times I've taken applicants who are challenged because of their forgetfulness, stupidity and laziness. These were high-paid professionals who are excellent in their fields but in life, could navigate themselves from a pot hold 1/2 an inch deep.

They waited until the 11th hour to find another rental because the property they were living in was sold. I get a call at 7 PM, they needed to move over the weekend -- 1 day way.

Once they pass my requirements and pay their move in costs in cash up front -- they will be my tenant for life......Not able to

plan ahead a month, not even a day, in advance. --47.156.xx.xx

Postage Due (by Jim In O C [CA]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 10:39 AM

I could overlook the insufficient postage but no return address would be a dealbreaker for me

Postage Due (by Jeff [CO]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 11:10 AM

You still use snail mail in 2019? --76.120.xx.xx

Postage Due (by David [MI]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 11:20 AM

I had a new tenant try to mail this month's rent with the envelope included in his utility bill. While the envelope had a window for the delivery address on the bill stub , the envelope had a preprinted barcode below that window.

So while the tenant wrote in the current address to the left of the window, the automated processing equipment read the barcode and sent the mail to the utility company where it was opened then stapled back up.

The tenant texted me about how hard and unreliable it was to mail stuff and was grateful I provided him with instructions on how to deposit at the bank.

Postage Due (by Pmh [TX]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 12:50 PM

I thought USPO did away with collecting postage due years ago and if no return address it goes into the hold forever bin. not sure why tenants mailing rent payments. I have never received a rent payment in the mail in the 20 years I have been in the business. when I first started I sent my wife to collect - college boys always liked to see her. now all online.

Postage Due (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 2:03 PM

I don't know how you verify the person who applies if there is no photo id sitting on the application to prove who is who, landlord up and take applications in person when you collect the fee to do the credit/background check.

Postage Due (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Apr 20, 2019 12:50 AM


Ya know I love ya, but I gotta tell broke the law.

This is reason #39 why we donít allow USMail.

My Gen X and Millennial children do not have stamps. And schools don't teach letter writing/ addressing etiquitte.

I have weighed letters on my digital scale, applied appropriate postage, carried it to the PO and their scale said it needed more postage.

LLing is a service business and a people business. Gotta have patience because they seem to getting dumber every day. Donít let petty issues get in the way of your income.

My biggest concern is you refused their app and denied them without even looking at it. Thatís illegal, raw meat to the Fair Housing watchdogs.

Yes someone will bark at me that lack of postage is not a protected class but you must have a documentable reason the deny. The Fair Housing judge would drag you thru the wringer and cost you thousands in legal fees to defend yourself. Iím estimating a $10,000 fine.

I HIGHLY suggest you get that app out of the trash and process it.

And no more mail. Have them take a pic with their phone and text it to you. Done without delays.

Better fix this before they find out.


Postage Due (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Apr 22, 2019 9:15 AM

I agree you SHOULD not have to help with this...but if you WANT to...

Pre-address a handful of envelopes to yourself, and put the proper postage on them. Charge $5 for any application YOU GIVE OUT and you'll recover the cost of the stamps/envelopes and a tiny bit for your trouble.

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