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Posted on 01/31/2004 7:10:45 PM PST by GeronL
The Joys of Eviction
I may not make a ton of money doing what I do, but it sure is fun.
I go into my office seven days a week most weeks, and I haven't had a vacation in two years. But the environment I work in, surrounded by my friends, all recruited to our small real estate management company through the most stringent system of nepotism, makes it seem like one long hang-out session.
Of the 60 average hours I spend in my office, 10 of those are actual work. My income has been steadily increasing, for the same amount of work, so I don't complain about having to live off commission only.
But there is one thing that makes it all worthwhile, that brings out my animal instincts and mixes them with my sense of economic justice.
It happened a few days ago, and we all stood around, waiting for the event we had been anxiously talking about and hoping for for months. We paced around the wet grass of the courtyard of one of our buildings, talking, laughing, joking, and then the big men came, with the sheriff in tow.
What could make us rush to a building at eight o' clock in the morning on Monday? Eviction!
This freeloader who had been living rent-free for five months was getting all his stuff thrown into boxes and, along with all his furniture, dragged out to the sidewalk, where, legally, we had to leave it for 24 hours before anyone could haul it away.
Unfortunately for the tenant, he wasn't home to take care of his belongings, and the neighborhood picked him clean in less than an hour. It was sweet revenge for us and the landlord, who loses too much money on the building as it is and didn't need a squatter in a corner unit.
About noon that same day, the former tenant came to our office asking for his things. And it was beautiful! My buddy, the property manager said, innocently, "It should all still be on the sidewalk there. Legally, we have to leave it there."
Then he gave the best "I feel your pain" smile he could. The freeloader looked at him and said, "There's a God up there, you know." The manager called after the guy as he left, "That's right, so you better be afraid!"
The only part of the whole eviction that was disappointing was that the neighbors took all the stuff before we legally could. I could have used the big wooden table he had. What a shame.
I know some lefty professional sympathizer will ask me why I get such pleasure out of witnessing the misfortune of someone who is so obviously poor. I will reply:
"I forgot to tell you about the thousands of dollars of clothes and the big-screen television that he had. He went out to clubs every night. He bought clothes and drugs rather than paying the rent that he agreed to pay when he moved in. He made fun of us when we posted the eviction notice. And he had roommates paying him rent to sublet a room in his apartment, which goes against the lease agreement he signed with us. He not only deserved to be kicked out, but also to have his stuff stolen by the neighborhood."
I have no shame in reveling in the misfortune of bad people.
When he is not evicting, JeremySapienza organizes the Worldwide Capitalism Web and writes for www.LewRockwell.com.
its a motherlode of good and interesting articles on economics
They probably just considered it an episode that will help explain the free market system. The crook got what he deserved.
Their other articles are actually scholarly in some respects and more detailed on the economics of it
what type of journalism do you do?
to wit: the production and distribution of goods and services (an economic system) serves the purpose of getting those goods and services to the point of need or demand. Profit is what is earned in the process. Notice that profit is secondary, meeting the need is primary.
can't argue with that. profit is what entices people to meet the needs of others.
Some things are the moral responsibility of government. Protection of basic liberty and property rights, for example. Protecting the innocent, etc. Protecting the rights of people to protect themselves might be an interesting point just about now.
I agree with you... but even the civil courts can be privatized (binding arbitration) and we definitely need to stop forcing people onto juries... the jury becomes involuntary servants while innocent but the accused is innocent until proven guilty.
And of course, if we had a small Constitutional government there will be many more positions open for private security personnel, at better pay. That will help cut down on crime and allow us to maybe trim off a few cops from the payrolls in the big cities.
of course that one is a ways off even if we do get a flat tax and small government...
People may have to learn capitalism all over again.
and you're kidding about the 'invisible hand' question, right? Please tell me you are. This whole thread is a big joke right? It is, isn't it?
Its just an example of how things are supposed to work in a free market system... granted its probably the worst written article they ever published....
Why would my question be a joke?
well, maybe in Rand's free market system...but probably not in Adam Smith's free market system.
Adam Smith is the first person I read who used the term 'invisible hand.'
This came from the Mises.org website BTW
I didn't say that. In fact, I didn't say anything about not evicting someone who doesn't pay rent. Please reread my post.
Making a sport out of evicting someone is right up there with laughing at the blind man who walks off a bridge.
a phenomenon well-noted by many large businesses: the formation of "profit centers" and "cost centers". The workers in the cost centers are still paid well, to perform a service for the profit centers, but are valued by other means than their direct revenue brought to the bottom line.
In 20 years of property management, we have done 2 set outs. In one of the evictions, the guy had really nice stuff and nearly everything was gone as soon as we set it out. He didn't come back to ask about his things because he was in jail.
The second one, these people were experts at being evicted. They sat there and watched while our employees carried all there belongs out. When someone came by with a truck, they loaded their possessions in his truck and paid him to move their items to another apartment complex up the road. They didn't realize he was the property owners' son. He moved their things, called me and told me where they moved. I called the manager before they could sign the lease on their new apartment. She refused to let them move in.
The laws in Chicago are skewed against the landlord, the property owner, yet the landlord is the one who is gouged with property taxes. We get screwed twice by the freeloader - by the actual loss of income from them occupying a unit in the building and from the government's confiscatory tax system.
You, being from Ireland, should be very familiar with confiscatory taxes.