Your apartment and requisite fucking useless super, aloof landlord, and bullshit structural problems.

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There is a leak in my bedroom ceiling.
It has been leaking for several months, on and off. It was not a serious problem until last week when the plaster started to crack. Last week, the super came to look at it, said he would need to find the source of the leak and then fix the problem. After much chiding, he came today to attempt to plaster over the leak. He made the hole bigger. He is unable or unwilling to contact the upstairs neighbors about the issue, and I haven't been able to get in touch with them myself (not knowing how save knocking on their door; they weren't home or weren't answering the door earler.)

Why am I living in an apartment with a gaping hole in the ceiling, water leaking in and plaster dust everywhere? Why am I paying for this? I called the landlord's office today, got to talk to the incredibly useless and condescending secretary. My only consolation is that I get to call back tomorrow morning and yell at her for being a useless (not to mention incredibly rude) employee. What are my options? I don't feel entirely comfortably withholding rent on such short notice (to be fair, the problem was mentioned to them first last week--though we've had serious leakage problems in our kitchen before that took FOREVER to get fixed.) So I'm going to mail in our rent checks tomorrow along with a nasty letter specifying that unless things are fixed in a timely, convenient manner I will cease paying rent and/or move out promptly.

Not to mention that the leak is directly over my stereo and the first time plaster fell in, it fell all over my Carly Simon's Greatest Hits LP.

ian, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 02:43 (fourteen years ago) link

there is a washer and dryer behind a locked door in our basement. our landlord will not let us use them because they are 'not ours.' wtf?

i know that is not nearly as bad as your problem, ian, but still. seriously annoying. i have a theory that they sneak in and use them to run up our utility bills while we are at work.

tehresa, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 02:53 (fourteen years ago) link

Why am I living in an apartment with a gaping hole in the ceiling, water leaking in and plaster dust everywhere?

Without knowing all the facts, it sounds like you have been constructively evicted. If so, you can withhold rent and file a small claims court complaint for the damage to your stuff. You might want to look for a new place.

(more legal disclaimer bs saying you promise not to go after me for malpractice)

felicity, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 03:30 (fourteen years ago) link

http://www.oag.state.ny.us/realestate/habitability.html#14

felicity, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 03:31 (fourteen years ago) link

I have a place I can move into at a moment's notice.
I don't think there is anything malicious in my landlord's behavior, though perhaps some minor negligience. I'm mostly just frustrated that I went the whole week assuming this shit would get fixed today only to have the super here for five minutes, tell me it wasn't fixable because it was still wet, and he had to find the source of the problem. Then he disappeared, and two hours later I called the landlord, who was entirely useless.

ian, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 03:33 (fourteen years ago) link

I read elsewhere on the internets that withholding rent is a bad idea until you have sent a registered letter to your landlord stating the problem, else it is too easy for them to claim they were uninformed as to the problem.

ian, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 03:34 (fourteen years ago) link

listen to felicity. she is smart.

bell_labs, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 03:34 (fourteen years ago) link

I would not send any more money to these guys who have basically made you live in a wet cardboard box.

There are dryer boxes I'm sure.

felicity, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 03:35 (fourteen years ago) link

(hence the nasty letter being mailed off tomorrow.)
(of my other roommates, one of them has also had bedroom leakage. the kitchen leak was a longstanding problem and we would find plaster in the sink and kitchen floor on a near daily basis.)

ian, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 03:35 (fourteen years ago) link

well felicity i am concerned about NOT sending money, since it's been only about a week since the problem was brouught to their attention ("only" a week, i know.)

ian, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 03:36 (fourteen years ago) link

Letter is fine. Up to you but if it were me I would want that rent money for your next security deposit.

Lack of rent and a call to the DOH tends to motivate slumlords.

felicity, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 03:37 (fourteen years ago) link

all good things to keep in mind.
i wouldn't need a security deposit, i would be moving in with that special someone (TMI?)

ian, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 03:38 (fourteen years ago) link

i think sending the rent & letter is good idea this month. nezt month if they haven't fixed it, fuck em.

bell_labs, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 03:39 (fourteen years ago) link

my only worry with that is that next month is still three week away--that's three weeks of waiting for them to fix this shit.

ian, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 03:40 (fourteen years ago) link

lol so basically ian just lookin for an excuse to get out of his lease early ;)

tehresa, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 03:40 (fourteen years ago) link

(p.s. i have photographic evidence of the leak's progress and how the hole was enlarged rather than fixed by the super today. if i were feeling more vicious, i would have taken a picture of the wet slab of plaster that was stuck to my shirley collins record this morning. see people, this is why i keep my records in plastic sleeves.)

ian, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 03:41 (fourteen years ago) link

tza, fuck off.

ian, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 03:41 (fourteen years ago) link

don't landlords need to give you a certain window to move out when they evict? if so, you could withhold rent this month and see if that fixes the problem. if they try to evict you for it (though they probably won't if it's the 1st time), at least you've still got the safety window?

tehresa, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 03:41 (fourteen years ago) link

i playin, ian.

tehresa, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 03:41 (fourteen years ago) link

My landlord is so freakishly good at what he does that all I can complain about is how ON THE SPOT and THOUGHTFUL he is. For example: there's currently a ladder out in the hallway because the cleaning lady is washing the blinds and windows from the inside. Landlord attached a note to the ladder that says "I apologize for leaving this ladder in the hallway (then goes on to explain why it's there)...if anyone finds it unsightly, or if you bring company over and they complain, or if you fear that you will trip over it, please let me know and I will remove it at once."

Last week, when the street-sweepers started up again, he attached a note to the front door that said: "Street-sweeping starts this week! Check where your car is parked - you don't want to get a ticket!"

Freak.

Tricksey Spinster, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 03:43 (fourteen years ago) link

you just don't get that kind of treatment here in the big apple.

ian, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 03:44 (fourteen years ago) link

wow. nicest. landlord. ever.

tehresa, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 03:45 (fourteen years ago) link

Send a certified letter, then follow these

felicity, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 03:45 (fourteen years ago) link

felicity seriously, thank you for being helpful. i appreciate it.

ian, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 03:47 (fourteen years ago) link

no prob

felicity, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 03:48 (fourteen years ago) link

it's a shame, because i really like my apartment! it's nice and big and has huge windows! and it's affordable. but, this shit is driving me nuts. just the drip drip drip wakes me up in the night.

ian, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 03:50 (fourteen years ago) link

ian, if you don't have me on killfile, talk to Joe Fullman

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 03:50 (fourteen years ago) link

i love your apartment, ian! that really is a shame :(

tehresa, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 03:55 (fourteen years ago) link

(the better me overrode the temptation to post "deal")

felicity, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 04:03 (fourteen years ago) link

deal is the new stfu.

ian, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 04:09 (fourteen years ago) link

ian and the requisite, fucking, useless, super, aloof, landlord

felicity, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 04:18 (fourteen years ago) link

C-, doesn't show expected effort.

ian, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 04:19 (fourteen years ago) link

Someone's not going to be posting to I Love Baseball any time soon.

felicity, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 04:22 (fourteen years ago) link

you ppl in the real cities be catty as hell

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 04:46 (fourteen years ago) link

dang

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 04:46 (fourteen years ago) link

this thread makes me glad i only have 3 more months of rent to pay on my current place. i like the apartment itself but i really ended up with the worst of the worst w/r/t neighbors. (right now it's 10pm, i have a migraine, and the guy next door is blasting nonstop four-on-the-floor-kickdrum oonce-oonce.)

get bent, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 05:03 (fourteen years ago) link

no way to short the power in the basement?

i am that neighbor

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 05:04 (fourteen years ago) link

i actually shorted out my downstairs neighbor's power once but it was because i accidentally blew out a cheap power strip -- that neighbor was also playing loud repetitive music that he said was to keep his dog quiet. hmm.

get bent, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 05:07 (fourteen years ago) link

We have squirrels that live in the walls, and sometimes they come into the kitchen and tear shit up.

We also had bats that lived in the attic. When it got really hot last summer, they moved out and left behind BAT BUGS, which, functionally, are bed bugs. Nothing makes a landlord move faster than the words 'bed bugs'.

kate78, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 05:08 (fourteen years ago) link

I have also cut the power to annoying loser wannabe DJ's apartment.

kate78, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 05:09 (fourteen years ago) link

Nothing makes a landlord move faster than the words 'bed bugs'.
haha not in nyc!

tehresa, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 05:11 (fourteen years ago) link

at christmas my landlady's useless son puts an inflatable carousel with a penguin riding a reindeer in our front yard

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/117/313620868_4359ccec0d.jpg

mookieproof, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 05:15 (fourteen years ago) link

my landladies and their super are generally pretty awesome but I'm glad I know how to fix locks, spackle walls and install air conditioners on my own without any help. and they weren't any help at all when they upgraded to HD and the installers cut my line in the process, but in the end it worked out, I'm saving money this way and not really missing anything.

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 05:15 (fourteen years ago) link

spackling is so easy once you know what quickset to use

felicity, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 05:17 (fourteen years ago) link

a penguin riding a reindeer

!!!

gabbneb, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 05:20 (fourteen years ago) link

spackling is so easy period

do you guys know what made 3M the company it is today? waterproof sandpaper. truth bomb.

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 05:20 (fourteen years ago) link

i'm all about caulking. i love a hard caulk.

get bent, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 05:21 (fourteen years ago) link

it was those fucking magic highlighters man & u kno it xp

deeznuts, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 05:22 (fourteen years ago) link

i am thinking of recaulking my shower bc my landlady/super certainly aint nevah gonna do it, even though it was poorly done to begin w/ and is disintegrating.

tehresa, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 05:24 (fourteen years ago) link

the window ledge in my shower is made of wood and is rotting through -- i've been caulking it up tho admittedly that's like putting a band-aid on a bullet wound.

get bent, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 05:26 (fourteen years ago) link

should be pretty east to replace outlet box. turn off the power first tho...

This thread is reminding me that the next time my friends give me shit about buying a house and turning into a boring grown-up type, i will go on a screed about how 20 years of shitty landlords forced my hand

John Justen, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 15:35 (fourteen years ago) link

When I moved in to my new place 4 months ago they'd replaced the bathroom suite but didn't bother to clean the surrounding areas so eurgh bathroom gunge of complete strangers, blah.

I've got to get an electrician in to put an outlet under the counter for to plugz my new fridge/freezer.

suzy, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 15:36 (fourteen years ago) link

my current landlord is trying to selectively ignore the 60 day notice clause in my lease in order to try and trick me into placing an ad to rent the apartment on my own dime or cajole one of my friends into moving in. fuck yooooooooo

John Justen, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 15:39 (fourteen years ago) link

i think the worst one was the place where there was a 8 inch diameter pipe to the outside that they never closed up combined with them forgetting to pay the utility bill so the heat didn't get turned on until JANUARY.

either that or the place where they refused to fix the increasingly leaking roof until we had a huge rainstorm and the leak spread into the electrical conduit, causing the fire dept to come and the city to file a lawsuit.

you haven't lived until you've woken up in the middle of the night to sirens and walked out into your hallway and seen water pouring out of the ceiling fixtures.

John Justen, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 15:44 (fourteen years ago) link

oh yeah we also have ants, not the cute ones with the "z" like in the movies either.

Jarlrmai, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 16:19 (fourteen years ago) link

Ooh, my brother's house in CA had ants, BAD. The best way to get rid of them is/was not to leave any food out, obv, but also to use some kind of kitchen cleaner WITH BLEACH spray bottle b/c it destroys the scent trail that the other ants are following.

Laurel, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 16:24 (fourteen years ago) link

Bedbugs trumps all other pest problems except for rats eating your newborn child

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 16:41 (fourteen years ago) link

....which is why we don't allow infants in our apt.

Laurel, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 16:48 (fourteen years ago) link

re roaches: this shit really works and doesn't put toxic fumes into the air the way spray does.

http://a1061.g.akamai.net/7/1061/5412/home/www.walgreens.com/dbimagecache/333595.jpg

get bent, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 17:00 (fourteen years ago) link

I read that if you see one cockroach out, it means that all the other spaces are taken. Seriously.

roxymuzak, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 17:10 (fourteen years ago) link

but how do you catch the roaches to give them the giant roach destroying shot??

rrrobyn, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 17:21 (fourteen years ago) link

Roxy, I imagined that post in a Wednesday Addams voice. Nice work.

suzy, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 17:23 (fourteen years ago) link

i've seen this work: you put a dollop of gel near where the nest is, then the parent roach bites off a little gel, brings it back to the nest, bites off some more & brings it back to the nest, lather rinse repeat and soon everyone's DEAD.

get bent, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 17:25 (fourteen years ago) link

The best stuff is the stuff where it kills other roaches that cannibalize the dead ones.

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 17:47 (fourteen years ago) link

Roxy, I imagined that post in a Wednesday Addams voice. Nice work.

-- suzy, Tuesday, April 8, 2008 1:23 PM (27 minutes ago) Bookmark Link

Suz: when I was a kid, everyone told me I looked just like Wednesday Adams. Sometimes I still get it!

roxymuzak, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 17:50 (fourteen years ago) link

someone should remake cannibal holocaust with roaches.

get bent, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 17:56 (fourteen years ago) link

Paella has vodka in it?

felicity, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 19:31 (fourteen years ago) link

My roommate caulked our bathtub, and now the water runs outside the tub. :(

My main issue with our apartment is the man who lives below me who has the coughing disease. I've bought earplugs but I haven't put used them yet.

Otherwise, our landlord seems pretty no-nonsense, and is the only landlord I've ever heard of to not raise the rent at lease renewal time.

Virginia Plain, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 22:13 (fourteen years ago) link

any landlord who doesn't automatically raise the rent is a keeper IMHO.

ian, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 22:39 (fourteen years ago) link

aww ian's in love

jeff, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 22:48 (fourteen years ago) link

don't get smart, boy.

ian, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 22:49 (fourteen years ago) link

I am a landlord, but I live with my tenants as roommates and they are long term friends. This prevents most problems from going on for too long. Right now I am replacing the third component in our gas oven, hopefully the damn thing will work now or I'm out $250.

I also work for a property management company fixing stuff like the things described in this thread, and it always makes me mad to read stories like these about landlords not caring. We get on that shit fast! Then again Oregon has fairly strong renter's rights laws, so our choices are limited.

Ian if I lived in NYC I would come put up a 4x4 piece of drywall or whatever. Definitely take felicity's advice.

sleeve, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 23:55 (fourteen years ago) link

Check out tenant.net if you're in nyc, there's a lot of very serious tenants' rights people on there. Be very careful about doing anything that might make your landlord even think about starting any kind of court case against you, as that can lead to you being blacklisted in perpetuity thanks to the shitty tenant screening background check companies that all LL's use. These companies basically report that a court case was filed against you but never say that it was dismissed, or thrown out...or 100% based on the LL's shameful slum lord ways. This can haunt you forever and even get you rejected by a co-op board (happened to me).

saudade, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 01:46 (fourteen years ago) link

we're raising our renter's rent $50 for the first time in 3 years.

Yerac, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 02:13 (fourteen years ago) link

So last night my neighbor called me into his apartment to tell me that he saw the super take mail (supposedly, my netflix) out of my mail box. My building was just bought by a new company. I'm really fucking sick of my netflix going missing but no one wants to earn the wrath of their super. Any thoughts?

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 14:20 (fourteen years ago) link

call the cops or talk to your super, or talk to the management company

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 14:23 (fourteen years ago) link

I think I want to call the cops because this is the management company: http://www.brownstoner.com/brownstoner/archives/2008/02/tenants_charge.php

j0n l3wis, my neighbor and sometime ilxor called about stuff any they didn't reply

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 15:32 (fourteen years ago) link

Is it worth calling the USPS? Do they send in Kevin Costner and levy 50,000 fines

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 15:34 (fourteen years ago) link

there was a dead bird in my bathroom this morning. it wasn't there last night. i have no idea how it got in or how long it had been staying with me. fucker owes me rent.

chicago kevin, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 15:36 (fourteen years ago) link

Call the Chicago bird morgue:

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c7/amypetlover/Hawk.jpg

felicity, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 15:43 (fourteen years ago) link

or you could just rent from Kim's, jw.

Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 15:44 (fourteen years ago) link

Mr Kim is an evil man. Did you ever see that movie he was involved in?

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 15:44 (fourteen years ago) link

THREAD FOR THE DEAD DEAD BIRD

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 15:45 (fourteen years ago) link

jon - that's fucked! i'd have the cops on him so fast!
but then again i don't have to deal with - what i'm learning are - NY's shitty renters rights.

The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 16:11 (fourteen years ago) link

Well mostly I don't want to be targeted for anything

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 16:16 (fourteen years ago) link

my landlord called me today and seemed really upset at the tone of my letter, particularly that i called his secretary rude. on the bright side: leak upstairs fixed, hopefully ceiling fixed tomorrow!

ian, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 20:19 (fourteen years ago) link

eleven months pass...

my landlord got busted today for growing 450+ w33d plants

wow heaven is cool (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 12 March 2009 00:46 (thirteen years ago) link

wau

mark cl, Thursday, 12 March 2009 00:47 (thirteen years ago) link

he hook you up ever?

mark cl, Thursday, 12 March 2009 00:47 (thirteen years ago) link

daaaaaaaaamn.

my landlord is still a cunt btw.
sanndy nager, you are a cunt.

ian, Thursday, 12 March 2009 02:02 (thirteen years ago) link

five years pass...

apparently someone left a note on our building's trash bin that warns of "maggots, rodents, and flies." we share this bin (okay, "dumpster," although i hate that word) with the building next door. it's that building's bin, technically. we share a common area in the back where people park, do laundry, dispose of their trash. we've just learned that our landlord and the next-door landlord *hate* each other, so there's "nothing" our property management office can do about the pest situation, other than maybe put down a couple traps.

i am overcome with lassitude.

llano del rio (get bent), Monday, 4 August 2014 23:08 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

i have a question for folks.

per agreement with the landlord, we use the attic of our building (it's a two-flat) for storage. years ago, there was a rodent problem and they left droppings all over our stored boxes, etc. we alerted the landlords, who set some traps but otherwise didn't offer to clean up the droppings (which are truly disgusting and everywhere).

flash forward years later (today), i'm preparing to move, and went to the attic to retrieve some boxes. the droppings problem has become much worse. boxes i had brought up to the attic long after the landlords had set the traps are now littered with droppings.

everything i've read suggests that these droppings can be a major health hazard, esp. when you're trying to clean them up. for that reason it seems like the kind of thing that ought to be done by a professional. however our landlords are both extremely stingy and very unpleasant (when they want to be). so i'm reluctant to approach them to ask if they can have the attic properly cleaned.

so what should we do? undertake the clean off that section of the attic with our things (the attic as a whole is much larger) ourselves? if so, how? should we rent a dumpster to get rid of stuff (no way will it fit in the little garbage bins our landlord provides us)? if there's a box with some droppings on it, can we clean it with disenfectant and still use it? or should be just trash everything that's come into contact w/ feces?

any advice is welcomed and will be much appreciated.

wizzz! (amateurist), Tuesday, 21 June 2016 00:17 (six years ago) link

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wizzz! (amateurist), Tuesday, 21 June 2016 19:11 (six years ago) link

five years pass...

We don't have a general "death to landlords" thread.

https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/dsa-comes-for-immigrant-landlords-of-color

The boiler in the 14-unit building he owns in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood had gone belly up a few months before, and supply chain issues were making it impossible to find a good replacement. It was getting cold in New York, so Eccles bought each of his tenants a space heater before shelling out a small fortune on heat pumps, a green solution he said he liked in large part because it was good for the environment. The investment meant he was now nearly $300,000 in debt. And New York, he said, was doing everything it could to drive him out of business.

Very generous of him to buy 14 $50 space heaters for a New York winter.

papal hotwife (milo z), Friday, 25 March 2022 23:23 (eight months ago) link

Eccles, who moved to Brooklyn from Jamaica as an infant and whose family owes its break to his uncle Walter, who climbed his way up from fruit picker to owner of more than 100 multiunit properties.

Piven After Midnight (The Yellow Kid), Saturday, 26 March 2022 01:28 (eight months ago) link

Funny that the media can only find *one* guy to cover over and over and over out of what, 8.8 million people in NYC? https://t.co/f2zxxAvXz2 pic.twitter.com/UC8ByQqrag

— Lindsay Ballant (@lindsayballant) March 25, 2022

Piven After Midnight (The Yellow Kid), Saturday, 26 March 2022 01:28 (eight months ago) link

three weeks pass...

well pic.twitter.com/sBHXyzGKDk

— Rebecca Baird-Remba (@thecitywanderer) April 18, 2022

papal hotwife (milo z), Monday, 18 April 2022 22:53 (seven months ago) link

we had an obvious leak in the wall as we could hear it. the maintenance crew was prompt, but gave us no real warning (we think they told it to my dad, who by now they know can't talk, as they've met him many times over the last two years).....promptly made so much noise I had to bail on my training class and the neighbor next door came out agitated.

after that, we noticed our bathroom floor was wet, like water seeping through. we got told it was the toilet, they just needed to reseal the caulk.

that's done....wet floors remain. then they look at the toilet and say they found a crack in the bowl, install a new one. floors remain wet.

then maintenance tries to come over and tell us we're obviously not toweling ourselves off after our showers, which.....what? how would that produce water on the floor 12 hours after anybody took a shower, and besides it's not true. so he relented, said it looked like a drainage issue, and added putty.

water...still...coming through floor. they look today and find a leak in the SHOWER and have to come and fucking tear shit apart tomorrow, so now I have to go to the office to work as I have a class.

to their credit, they're prompt and polite, but this has been incredibly disruptive for the last two months.

Deez NFTs (Neanderthal), Monday, 18 April 2022 23:19 (seven months ago) link

seven months pass...

I spent the day putting plastic on the windows and weatherproofing all the cracks; like every Chicago apartment I’ve lived in, the windows were either installed improperly or have become warped over the decades. Half of our windows don’t really lock, because the bit you turn is a few centimeters higher than where it turns into. As you can imagine, that creates a lot of drafts. Likewise, our porch door is visibly crooked in the frame.

It made me more frustrated than usual this year, because it really summed up how normalized it is that landlords aren’t expected to do anything more than the bare minimum, barring some emergency like a leak. (Or unless they plan to call it a rehab and jack up the rent.) Oh, it’s just an old building, tenants should expect discomfort, that’s just the way it goes.

Sure, it’s not their fault—the management company didn’t install these windows. Somehow, though, that translates into not being their responsibility. Rather than landlords fixing the windows somewhere along the line, the tenants just have to spend their own time and money to weatherproof, or pay higher heating bills as a result of the building’s defect. They could at least send someone around to seal the windows for us.

It’s similar to air conditioning. If the building doesn’t have it, it’s the tenants’ responsibility to buy an window unit and drag it along to every place they rent—because that’s just the way the old building is, and heaven forbid the landlord shell some money out for a one-time solution.

It’s a topsy turvy world: in most other businesses, if you pay thousands of dollars to a company, they’d treat you like a valuable client and do what they can to make you happy. In renting, the landlord acts more like they’re your boss—don’t complain too much, or submit too many maintenance requests, else they might get irritated and decide you’re too much trouble to retain.

blatherskite, Monday, 21 November 2022 23:52 (five days ago) link

My landlord isn't so terrible, but I do feel like a lot of chores are up to me.. currently doing some caulking replacement around the tub

When my bathroom ceiling fell in due to an upstairs leak, they were kind enough to replace it

I have a small towel that I cram into the front door crack at night, using a plastic scraper. But this is coastal california, not Chicago, so the stakes are much lower. I think this building is around a hundred years old, and it has separate taps for hot & cold water in the bathroom sink, which kinda sucks. Pretty sure the toilet is from the 40's or so, but it seems to work okay.

Andy the Grasshopper, Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:15 (four days ago) link


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