Four years ago I rented a trailer to a young couple, background checks verified employment for both of them, with him working two jobs and she being a manager at McDonalds. Credit score was average. They signed a one year lease. In the year they lived in the trailer they managed to get themselves evicted and pretty much left the place trashed. The guy quit both of his jobs rather than pay child support on his three children, he was 22 at the time. His current girlfriend already had one child by him on top of the other three. Out of the monthly payments I received checks from United way, Christian services, and the state of Michigan for four months worth of rent. I could write a book on excuses not to have your rent based soley on them. I ended up taking her to court, because he would never be able to pay what they owed. In court she agreed to pay monthly installments and be out by the end of the month. They left the court, went to the trailer and left that night for Indiana where they stayed for two years without paying a penny. It took a while to track them down to Indiana, and the expense of going through the courts in Indiana made that a nonviable option. I thought all was lost until last year. They moved back to town and never contacted me. I found them through were I was working at the time (my second job, since I have been trying to dig out of the hole they left me in financially). I had her served and took her back to court, and this is where it gets unbelieveable. In court I was at the discovery stage in the process, so she arrived and told us she had no bank accounts and just started working. I asked for intrest and costs of the court to be added to the judgement. The judge then told me I was being vindictive for asking for intrest and that I was lucky I was getting anything out of them at all. The judge asked her how she planned on paying her debt and was told that with her income taxes all would be settled. So she was going to make payments until tax time and then pay me off. Well the payments were late or never came at all, taxes have come and went without me getting my money. Supposidly the state garnished her taxes for school loans. Every time I take her to court it costs $30 wich gets tacked on to her bill which never gets paid. So here is where I need information from anyone who knows anything about this kind of stuff. At what point does this become a criminal matter? She has now lied to me, not a crime, but she has also lied to the courts now about her taxes and paying me, for the second time. Isn't that perjury? If the courts cannot make her pay me then why do I pay my bills? I mean if the courts can't make her surely they can't make anyone else pay their bills. I didn't have much faith in our criminal justice system in the first place and much less faith in our civil court system, but now I find them useless. Now I don't know wether to seek out the prosecuter and see what he says or hire a lawyer, I just don't know what to do now. Is there really no way to make people pay their bills?