Wednesday, 23 August 2017

mokie: Earthrise seen from the moon (Default)
My building is for sale, and the landlord's showing prospective buyers the other apartment, which has been renovated in the last few years, and the basement. Not our apartment, which is very un-renovated and would need some TLC.

'TLC' meaning we stopped bothering to point out any non-vital repairs because when the landlord didn't dodge-and-'forget' us, he hired other tenants to do repairs in exchange for reduced rent, and they tried to get as much rent out of it as they could - so a request for a simple fix turned into "Oh, this entire place needs painted!" (and, on our side, "Uh, is this dude casing our place?" which sounds like paranoia till you hear that he broke into one of the landlord's other properties later) and foot-dragging over the negotiations with the landlord over how much he would be willing to knock off the rent and foot-dragging over actually showing up and getting anything done and dodging and flaking when times were actually arranged and then disappearing entirely when they finally got arrested/got evicted/skipped out on their leases.

Plaster needs some patching? Fuck it, I can live with it. I'll just call it 'boho'.

But this, THIS...

Landlord: There's a showing at 5 so if you could clean the litter boxes and spray some air freshener...

(Sigh.)

Sure, I can do that. My apartment will smell fresh and spiffy. The basement won't, because the upstairs tenant let (possibly still lets) his cat down there and did (possibly still does) a piss-poor job of cleaning up after it, because he believes more in the power of its litter box training than the power of DOORS, like the one between my cats and the basement that hasn't been opened in over a year.

Do I need to move? I probably need to move. Fuck.

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