Struggling Minnesotan and multi-unit landlord Doug Simmons is worried he will be unable to pay for his cabins this upcoming summer, according to sources close to him.
“I’ve barely received any income in the last two months, what with my tenants crying about how their jobs don’t exist anymore. Well how am I supposed to pay my bills? How am I supposed to tell my kids they can’t water ski until the end of July? “said Simmons.
Maria Jennings, one of Simmons’ longtime tenants, did not share his concerns about the urgency of maintaining his extra homes.
“I was two days into unemployment when I got a letter saying how the landlord ‘understands’ what we’re going through but we need to pony up the rent so he can maintain the upkeep of the building? Bullshit. We haven’t had heat all winter and I’ve seen so many roaches I think they’re starting to unionize,” said Jennings.
The plight of Jennings and thousands of other renters struggling to pay their bills only makes matters worse for the true victims: dozens of landlords like Doug Simmons who may be forced to cut corners on their summer vacations at their second homes.
“If tenants of any one of my 12 rental properties can’t pay, then how am I going to maintain my two private cabins with home theaters? I am going to have to start making the really tough decisions: do I remodel my kitchen or reupholster the pontoon?” fretted Simmons. At press time Simmons told The Nordly that “due to the dire financial straits” he had “no choice” but to evict his tenants and raise rents by $500.