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        11-08-2013, 02:11 PM
      #1
    Green Broke
    How do I tell someone I no longer want to lease my horse to them?

    A few weeks ago I thought I found someone who wanted to lease Cinny with option to buy in the Spring. She test rode him, took my spot in a clinic (that I paid for) and really loved him. She said her husbaand didn't get paid until the 7th and I really liked the way she clicked with Cin so I let it slide even though she told me about all the stuff she was buying for Cinny before she even test rode him and even though I said when she leased she would have access to all my tack. She can buy blankets, halters, bridles, etc but not give even a portion of the board? I should have seen that as a red flag, but I didn't. She was supposed to meet with me on Oct 31 to sign the lease.

    Well, I never heard from her on the 31st until I called her. She said she couldn't come because her dog was in labor, but then told me she is meeting my BO about some property her friend was offering for sale that my BO was interested in. I now don't think she was even going to call me to cancel. She said she would call later to rearrange a time. I didn't hear back.

    I waited, I emailed with no replay, I waited, I sent a text. I waited I called with no answer or return call. Yesterday was the 7th, never heard from her. I called today and the home phone is disconnected. Left a message on cell for her to call me.

    Well, I SUCK at social situations and don't even know how to tell her that I don't want her to lease or buy my horse. I just want to say I changed my mind and leave it at that. My hubby says I need to tell her WHY I changed my mind so that she knows why.

    To make matters WORSE she has made arrangements to move her Mini to my stable. My BO has been running around trying to find panels and the things needed to build another Mini pin with the others. I told my BO that I changed my mind about leasing to this person and why. She said she didn't think she was that kind of person. I thought my BO should know as 1) the person may flake on her and 2) if she doesn't there may be barn drama from me changing my mind.

    Anyway, what the heck do I say to this person, when/if she calls back? How much longer should I try to get in touch with her. If it were my way I'd say she already has proven SHE is backing out and I shouldn't bother but my hubby says I need to tell her. What to say? What to say?
         
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        11-08-2013, 02:21 PM
      #2
    Trained
    I would call and leave a message saying you need payment and a signed contract by tonight or the lease is cancelled for non payment. I don't get a break on my bill deadlines. In the lease contract I would also put that late payment is considered to void the contract and the lease will be terminated.
    Just give her a deadline and if she doesn't meet it, she obviously wasn't that interested.


    ETA there also will not be drama if you don't let there be drama. She voided the agreement - not your fault. You've warned the BO that she is flaky, now wash your hands of it and carry on - good luck!
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        11-08-2013, 02:25 PM
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    Showing
    Exactly what ~*anabel*~ said.
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        11-08-2013, 02:34 PM
      #4
    Yearling
    The lack of communication alone would be enough for me to cancel the agreement. If someone is really interested in doing something they aren't going to ignore things. She is showing her lack of commitment to continuing with this process. If you want to give her the last chance than Anebel has it...give a short time ultimatum. If, however, you are done with her, than I would call and simply state that since she has failed to communicate with you that you can only assume she has changed her mind about the lease/purchase and that the horse is no longer available.
         
        11-08-2013, 02:38 PM
      #5
    Trained
    I would not call with another deadline. I would just leave her a message saying that its obvious she has changed her mind and that as far as you are concerned, it's all off. No more chances. She would probably forget to feed him anyway.
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        11-08-2013, 02:44 PM
      #6
    Green Broke
    You guys make it all so SIMPLE. I over-complicate things way too much.

    I didn't hear from her. I never received a signed lease or payment at the times she arranged. Lease is off.
         
        11-08-2013, 02:51 PM
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    Started
    Major FLAKE alert!!!!!!

    Too many of these guys walking around. The lack of communication alone would be enough for me to cancel the deal. Actually, she pretty much has canceled the deal by her negligence.
    I'd be straightforward with her and avoid a lot of stress in the future. The BO will probably find the same thing before long. I'd be willing to bet this woman won't be real reliable in the payment department.
         
        11-08-2013, 02:54 PM
      #8
    Green Broke
    I don't think you need to do anything. She obviously changed her mind or she would have called. If and when you do hear from her state that since she did not respond that you thought she was not interested and have changed your mind.
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        11-08-2013, 02:56 PM
      #9
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
    I would call and leave a message saying you need payment and a signed contract by tonight or the lease is cancelled for non payment. I don't get a break on my bill deadlines. In the lease contract I would also put that late payment is considered to void the contract and the lease will be terminated.
    Just give her a deadline and if she doesn't meet it, she obviously wasn't that interested.


    ETA there also will not be drama if you don't let there be drama. She voided the agreement - not your fault. You've warned the BO that she is flaky, now wash your hands of it and carry on - good luck!
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    I get the impression that she does not want to continue the offer and this statement still gives her the option to do the lease. Just go about your business and respond like I said in my other post.
         
        11-08-2013, 03:46 PM
      #10
    Yearling
    I personally would never have chased the person to begin with – I would have quickly moved on after perhaps one email and one phone call – anything beyond that with no response would make me question the sensibilities of entering a business contract with said person.

    Even if they contacted me weeks or days later I would tell them no deal.
         

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