I got a lot of free advise yesterday.
A landlord told me in so many words that I came off as a scam artist. Sweet. How do I change that? The truth doesn't work. The "scam", letting people check with a good friend who convinced me he would help me find a place to live doesn't work. What did I do that was so wrong? It all started close to 10 years ago.
I moved into the place on Kent Lane so I could get a dog, and I adopted Gromit. We lived there for about 5 years. During the first year, there appeared a spot of mold on the ceiling above the windows in the living room. I kept an aquarium right below that spot, and feared it was the result of the humidity from the aquarium. It was much easier to look at it in fear than it was to do something about it, and I suppose in retrospect the smart thing to have done would have been to have scraped it off and painted over it. Dunno. Anyway over the course of 4 years it got to be about 24" in diameter. It was caused by snow melt that formed something called an ice dam. When the management finally got around to inspecting the apartment, which they should have been doing on an annual basis they told me I had to leave at the end of my lease.
Then I lived on HWY 19 between Marshall and Sun Prairie. My landlord thought he was going to make a small profit off living there and renting the rooms out, but it was a real primitive place to live AND he was losing money on it. My fault? No, it was his fault, but he wanted to break the lease after about 7 months. We didn't get along very well, he lied about the place when he rented it to me. He finally said he was going to evict me. So he filed an eviction action against me and thought I wouldn't find out about it. I did, showed up in court with a lawyer, and it was dismissed. Now, when people look me up on the internet one of yesterday's free advice people told me they don't bother to notice it was dismissed. So, I now have a prior eviction when I never got evicted. I just checked it, and sure enough, I react the same way when it's not me. You have to press the "Court Record Events" button to see the dismissal.
Then I lived in a string of motels, and that was OK, but it's not the same as having a lease and considering the place home. Then I lived in Orfordville and that was weird. Then I lived in Lake Mills and that was totally off the wall. Now I live.....
God, would I love a decent place to live.