Okay, the next is closer to home: the guy that owns the house that my newest set of neighbors live in can fuck right the fuck off, for several reasons.
- He gave them verbal indication that he'd let them rent-to-own the house, to be paid off at $20,000 (about what the place was worth). When he put the contract in front of them, the price had jumped to $46,000. They wanted to walk away, but he told them he'd let them into the house for $100, plus the expectation that they'd start repairs. That put them over a barrel because that was literally all they had.
- Not keeping the utilities in his name until they could have gotten the deposits together, again like he'd promised. They told him they could pay the electric and water bills, but couldn't do that and get the deposits together.
- Assuring them, again verbally, that they could stay and just pay him what they could for rent, when they could, then sending them an eviction notice after they'd done a few hundred dollars' worth* (if not more) in repairs to the hovel he'd cheated them into.
*They've rewired the dangerously messed up wiring, fixed gaping holes in the walls, shored up sagging ceiling, fixed some of the plumbing (though there is more to go--they ran out of supplies and money), cleaned up the yard, and put in a range top and installed an in-the-wall oven, neither of which they can use because of the whole lack of electricity thing.