All names and numbers have been changed to preserve privacy
I am looking for a place to live. The end of the month is close. I viewed a room in a shared house, and after thinking about it, decided it was good. I emailed the landlord and asked if I could have it. He replied:
Welcome to the house. You can send the deposit and rent to email@example.com.
The deposit is $400 and monthly rent is $800.
I'll try and finish moving my things upstairs by tomorrow before my flight. You should be able to start moving in this Friday if you want, at no extra charge.
I then realized that I did not 1) have Eric's phone number or 2) know his last name. I did not feel safe giving him over $1000 without knowing this information so I sent him another email asking. Eric did not reply, and knowing he was going to be away the next day, I thought I would go over to the house (the landlord lives in the same unit).
I knocked on the door about 7pm. Someone I hadn't met answered the door (call him Liam), and said Eric wasn't home. I introduced myself as the new roommate and asked if he had Eric's phone number. He said he didn't have Eric's but told me his last name and to look him on Facebook. I left, and shortly after got an email from Eric saying:
I don't know what you did but you made my current roommate and his girlfriend super uncomfortable. I'm at work right now and received messages in no uncertain terms that he does not want you to move in. I have to cancel our agreement. I will not be cashing your deposit and rent. Good luck on finding a place to live. Eric
I'm very upset. I don't know what happened. I'd like to emphasize the point that when Liam answered the door, we were all about business and had no conversation about personality or opinions. Moving is a lot of effort and I thought this was a done deal. I sent Eric another email asking for an explanation and he replied
I never said I was going to be home so I don't know why you showed up. I'll get the full story when I get home. Regardless I cannot have you move in. I would have my roommate move out immediately. Good luck.
What could I have possibly done for things to end up like this? What could I have done better? These people are in there 30s and seemed mature. If I really did do something offensive, I would like to know so I can stop it.
I am planning on sending Eric a message. Does the following look good?
Could you do me a favor and let me know how I rubbed Liam the wrong way? I got no sense anything was wrong and would like to know for the future.