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    SHERRYGAYL   19,619
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the joys of apartment living

Thursday, October 18, 2012

For a long time now my downstairs neighbors have been complaining to the complex manager that my bathroom leaks into her bathroom when my kids bathe. So the new manager (here less than a month after the other person left by mutual consent) came into my apartment while only my son was home. He determined that if we make sure the shower curtain is closed properly when they shower or take a bath then the problem will be solved. Seriously? Then why do they get leaks when the floor is dry? Whatever.

But he was displeased with the cluttered and unvacuumed state of my house. It wasn't dirty. It just looked rough because we kind of suck at putting things away. I got my room, my bathroom, the living room, dining room, and kitchen all done today working at a slow-moderate pace. In the morning I'll do the kids' bathroom and finish my girl's room. Hopefully the boy will have his presentable.

While doing the kitchen I handwashed some dishes. When I pulled the plug... WHOOSH!... I found myself standing in a massive puddle! This is the second time that pipe has come loose. My downstairs neighbor came up later to ask if I had a kitchen leak now because her kitchen ceiling is wet. Lovely. I explained that maintenance had already been over and refused my request to put a permanent fix on the pipe.

Oh well. While this place isn't exactly awesome, it does have one benefit. I'm upstairs so nobody's leaking on me! emoticon
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1STATEOFDENIAL 10/18/2012 11:12PM

    A) If your son is under 18 it is illegal for them to enter your home with his permission for anything less than an emergency.
B) It is their job to fix all problems in your apartment if they're causing problems for your downstairs neighbor. If they don't then they're not providing a reasonably safe and healthy environment.
C) The only way they have a right to comment on the state of your house is if it is damaging the apartment in a way that is beyond "normal wear and tear" or impeding on your neighbor's rights. Having items strewn around is neither of those, so they have no right in commenting.

If I were you, I'd look into finding free legal representation (most people of low to modest income qualify if it is available in their area) and find out how to escrow your rent. This allows you to pay your rent to the court until the landlord proves they've fixed the problems. It starts by writing down every problem with dates and times that you requested it get fixed. You can also get your downstairs neighbor involved and double the effectiveness of your claims. Also call your city inspector's office and get them out there. The more times they're called the better chance of the complex being fined for health hazzards and the city can go after them.

I was in a similar situation, though actually somewhat more serious (such as fire alarms going off nearly every other day including at 3am and the fire department would take a half hour or more to shut it off when they were located directly next door because they were - luckily - all false alarms). I went through ridiculous hoops to find this information and within weeks I had forced their hand. Since they had no interest in fixing the problems and I was driving them crazy with my unending drive, they offered to let me out of my lease early with no penalties. If I had chosen to stay (the other tenants were nightmares and there was significant crime in and around the building) I could've because once I made the claims against them it was illegal for them to kick me out without extreme justification (which they didn't have).

Best wishes on getting things fixed.

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JHISEROTE 10/18/2012 10:10PM

    Haha...good way to look at it! It isn't your fault, they should really have all that fixed! I hope you have a better weekend!

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