We were living in our Uruapan home for only a couple of months when we had our nightmare experience renting in Mexico. The authorities arrived at our door and asked us to go to the main office with them. Little did we know that this was going to lead to moving, for our fourth time in two years. This happened last spring. I am just getting around to writing this post. Partly because the whole experience was a little traumatic.
Mexico is like that. Weird things happen with the law sometimes. You learn to live with it or you go home. Let me tell you the rest of our nightmare experience renting in Mexico.
Renting in Mexico – Our Nightmare Experience
It was a freaky situation. The authorities took us to their main office and asked us all kinds of questions. In the end, we were told that the lady who rented the home to us was not the owner. The “real owner” wanted us out in 15 days. No charges would be pressed if we did as they asked.
My parents were visiting us during this whole fiasco. They watched the kids while we looked for a new house and they helped us pack and move. I am grateful for their support but this wasn’t part of our plans for their first visit to Mexico. It put a damper on the end of their vacation and our time spent together.
We lost our deposit. $500 USD down the tube. What a bummer. But it could have been worse! The police could have arrested us and our children, claiming we were illegally living in someone’s home without consent. That would NOT have been good.
The authorities wanted our help in “catching” the lady who scammed us. We wanted nothing to do with it. We didn’t know who the “real owner” was. We didn’t know who was telling the truth and we didn’t want to be involved in anything shady. With four kids, and living here as foreigners, we were not taking any chances with our family’s safety. We were moving and leaving this behind us.
Our Fourth Home in Mexico
Thankfully we found another home close by and we moved within 15 days. Actually, I think we moved in a week. Trying to explain our sudden move to our “fake owner” was awkward, to say the least. The authorities told us not to tell her anything. But we couldn’t just leave without saying anything. If she wasn’t scamming us, someone else was. We were honest with her. Our family’s safety was at risk. We didn’t know all the details about the home and the owners, but either way, we had to go.
I like our current home. It is not modern and needs some work but I love the one-floor layout and large, spacious rooms. Visit this post to see the house. Our landlady does not want to pay to maintain the house. This could be a problem… And she plans to raise the rent when we renew our lease. She wants at least $500 USD for rent. Brad told her we don’t live in the States, we live in Mexico. We pay with the peso.
I hate this part of being a US expat in Mexico but the truth is… many locals think we have money to spend. This is far from the truth. We are on a budget, enjoying Mexico’s lower cost of living. Our budget does not include prejudice. We can’t afford to pay more because we are US citizens. However, we can move again in the spring, and find a cheaper house at least for another year ;-) Signing off, Tina
Originally published January 1, 2016
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