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Stolen rent checks Leah+2 2 kids; Texas 5797 posts
3rd Jun '13

Ok, so we live in an apartment complex and my mom and her husband (who's a moron) live in the same complex (my mom wanted to stay close to my son). Anyway, obviously the first was Saturday so most people turned their rent checks in that day. Well there's also a drop box for any after hours paperwork but it specifically says on the box NOT to put your rent in there. Well Saturday night around midnight someone broke in looking for the rent checks and only stole the ones that were put into the drop box, the rest were in a safe (thankfully)



Ok, my mom's husband's dumbass put their rent check in the drop box. And the office is telling them they're not responsible for waiving late fees or for anything that happens to their bank account because of this (which honestly is fine,it even says on your lease not to put checks in there)




What I want to know is what you ladies think about how they've handled letting everyone know. The ONLY way we found out they were even broken into was my mom's husband HAPPENED to be getting home from a movie when they were boarding up the door from the burglary. There's been no announcement giving ANY info. I had to call and ask if ours was stolen so I could call and cancel the check ((mine was handed to the office manager so mine was luckily safe)



But don't you think there should have been a flyer or something letting us know it was a possibility???????

GavinsMomJohnnysWife 2 kids; Texas 2789 posts
3rd Jun '13

I would have thought a possible breach in your information (leasing paperwork) should have been reported to everyone there, but a common courtesy too. Even a flyer by your mailboxes would have been better than that.

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
3rd Jun '13
Quoting GavinsMomJohnnysWife:" I would have thought a possible breach in your information (leasing paperwork) should have been reported ... [snip!] ... been reported to everyone there, but a common courtesy too. Even a flyer by your mailboxes would have been better than that."

This.

Daniee Due December 25; 1 child; 1 angel baby; Lynnwood, Washington 3211 posts
3rd Jun '13

They should notify everyone. That would be polite anyways.



Every apartment I've lived in always tell us to use the Dropbox for rent if its after hours.



Usually since they are checks with the apartment name or money order it shouldn't be able to be cashed, You would think.

Supafly★ 2 kids; Poland 14109 posts
3rd Jun '13

They probably figured that since you're not supposed to use the box for rent, it's not technically their responsibility to notify anyone. It sucks but common courtesy is pretty much history nowadays.

Madi's*Mama Due November 2; 1 child; Holland, Michigan 7391 posts
3rd Jun '13
Quoting GavinsMomJohnnysWife:" I would have thought a possible breach in your information (leasing paperwork) should have been reported ... [snip!] ... been reported to everyone there, but a common courtesy too. Even a flyer by your mailboxes would have been better than that."

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Daniee Due December 25; 1 child; 1 angel baby; Lynnwood, Washington 3211 posts
3rd Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Supafly★:</b>" They probably figured that since you're not supposed to use the box for rent, it's not technically their responsibility to notify anyone. It sucks but common courtesy is pretty much history nowadays. "</blockquote>



That is true.

homes cool 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 60938 posts
3rd Jun '13

I do think the right thing to do would be to notify everyone, but I know if I drop my rent off in the box (which goes inside their office building) I always call the next business day to make sure it was picked up and properly handled.

Leah+2 2 kids; Texas 5797 posts
3rd Jun '13

That's why I'm mad. Obviously my check is ok but there was a CHANCE it wasn't and in that case the sooner you stop the check the better. So those who did put it in the drop box should've had the chance to notify their bank already instead of waiting for the office people to watch the security tapes and notify those they recognize that their check was stolen and THEN they can notify their bank.



I didn't even think about our leasing info being compromised. They claim the burglar was only after the drop box rent checks.

Amber ♡ Due August 13 (boy); 1 child; Kansas 18768 posts
3rd Jun '13
Quoting Allie's Mama:" They should notify everyone. That would be polite anyways. Every apartment I've lived in always tell ... [snip!] ... Usually since they are checks with the apartment name or money order it shouldn't be able to be cashed, You would think."


:!: My apartment only accepts checks/money orders. Nobody else would be able to cash them!

Leah+2 2 kids; Texas 5797 posts
3rd Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting mj's mommy ♥:</b>" :!: My apartment only accepts checks/money orders. Nobody else would be able to cash them!"</blockquote>




I'd hope so too. But to be safe I'm sure most people are going to pay the atop payment fee. But can't they still be screwed over because the account number and routing number are on the check?

Daniee Due December 25; 1 child; 1 angel baby; Lynnwood, Washington 3211 posts
3rd Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Leah+1.5:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting mj's mommy ♥:</b>" :!: My apartment only accepts checks/money ... [snip!] ... pay the atop payment fee. But can't they still be screwed over because the account number and routing number are on the check?"</blockquote>




I don't know, because people use those to put money into your account like that's what you give friends or family. So the bank knows what account your trying to transfer money to.
So I think it would be okay.
Maybe not though.

Kimmy Gibbler 2 kids; Grapevine, Texas 8039 posts
3rd Jun '13

Wow. I'd be giving them an earful.

Leah+2 2 kids; Texas 5797 posts
3rd Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Asher and Haddie's Mommy:</b>" Wow. I'd be giving them an earful."</blockquote>




Honestly I wont need to. Lol. My mom will be down there when she wakes up (she works nights) and they'll get more than enough from her :)

Crystal 3 kids; Hephzibah, Georgia 15451 posts
status 3rd Jun '13
Quoting Leah+1.5:" That's why I'm mad. Obviously my check is ok but there was a CHANCE it wasn't and in that case the sooner ... [snip!] ... I didn't even think about our leasing info being compromised. They claim the burglar was only after the drop box rent checks."

I disagree. The reason people aren't supposed to put checks in the drop box is because it's not secure enough. They're probably dealing with the police and Insurance adjusters, as well as getting people in to fix whatever was broken.




It's not their fault someone didn't follow their lease and what they've been told not to do.