Just got paid from a deadbeat

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by chesterlawn, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. chesterlawn

    chesterlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 704

    I cut this guys two lawns last year, one was $100 per cut and the other was $55 a cut. From the beginning something seemed a little off, real casual attitude about prices for cuttings and cleanups at both places and he didn't seem to work. It's hard to explain but after many years of doing this you get a feel for people. After the first month I billed him he was late paying, I called him a month after I billed and went to his house and got a check. Then he was late again and fell two months behind then started making partial payments. I know it's partially my fault because I was aware what was going on and still he got to owing $1100 before I stopped cutting and threatened a lawsuit. Still didn't pay so I went to court and won, still no payment after a month. Then I paid for a sheriff sale on his property, they went and tagged all his poolside lawn furniture and statues for a sale. Well he came to my house two days ago with a cashiers check for $1440 for what was owed plus court costs. I have done these sheriff sale about 5 times before and they always work.
  2. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,142

    HAHA....I love it. How does the sheriff sale work? You are ruthless, in a good way though.

    Did you have a signed contract? Just curious because we don't do contracts for residential.
  3. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,781

    Congratulations. I'm only out $300 for the season. Worst part is, $210 of that is a guy I had problems with the year before. He owed me $125 or so at the end of 2010, but called me and paid up before mowing started. Like a dummy, I agreed to mow for him again. Well, the same old stuff. Partial payments, catch you next week, etc, so I eventually cut him off. I should have known better, but after him paying me the first time, I thought I could trust him. Who knows, he may eventually pay this balance as well, but I'm sure not going to mow for him again.
  4. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,850

    I hate people like that. Get it no matter what. Even if it cost you to do something - its the principle of the deal.
  5. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
    from mn
    Messages: 4,143

    Moturkey, if he calls in the spring, take his money and run far far away.
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  6. BestImpressions99

    BestImpressions99 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 491

    Well at least you got paid, dead beat or not. We were about 600 in the hole until last week. Season's been over for the past 2 months... and one was a business no less. Oh well, again, they at least paid.
  7. landscaper22

    landscaper22 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 849

    I don't know anything about a sheriff sale, but that sounds cool. Must be a state thing. Here in SC, all you can do if you win and the person does not pay, or if they fail to show for court, is receive a judgment lien to file with the clerk of court. Then, if they ever go to sale their home, you have a right to be paid out of the sale of the debtor's property. But, it only works for real estate in my state.
  8. mowerman41

    mowerman41 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 276

    A customer owed my friend $600 and flat out refused to pay. So my friend didn't want to go the court route. So he saw an ad for free fill delievered minium 20 yards, so he had 20 yards dropped in the guys driveway, and then drove by 2 days later he said it was more enjoyable then the money!!!
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  9. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,781

    I hear you, man. That is what I should have done last year.
  10. mowerman87

    mowerman87 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    I'm also curious about this sheriff sale thing. Do you need to have a signed contract? Did you first file a mechanic's lien?

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