Mostly lies, as we learned over the last few months.
At the same time she informed us that she had found another military family to move into our home, had showed them the house and the lease, had negotiated the rent and a move-in date, and was transferring our pool and tennis club membership to the “new tenant.” All of this was because, as we learned, she did not have orders that allowed her to break the lease.
That’s when we yelled, “STOP.” And that’s when everything spiraled out of control.
Finally, the lawyers have now finished lawyering. In exchange for not filing a very arguable fraud lawsuit against the not-so-nice Navy Captain, a settlement for the damages has been agreed upon.
Among the least offensive of the damages? The Navy Captain had the French wallpaper in the master bedroom removed (without our permission, and in violation of the lease) because she felt doing so “enhanced the value of our home.” And, she replaced my functioning vintage kitchen faucet (also without our permission, and in violation of the lease) with an off-the-shelf clunker that, “works better.”
Some of the damages will never be repaired. We have a well-defined clause in the lease regarding care of the yard and garden. This is Sir Thomas Lipton, a hybrid shrub that I cultivated over 10 years. Each spring the bush produced between 1.000 and 1.200 blooms, and the aroma was noticeable several houses away. The photo was taken in late spring last year.