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29 September 2010 @ 07:59 pm
on the merry go round of life I think I may have picked the wrong horse  
I moved into a place for $755 a month, utilities included.  This last week the perfect storm of badness has happened to what looked like an ok apartment:

- garbage disposal went out
- housemate Asha's room got a mildew funk smell that was so strong she couldn't sleep in there
- air conditioner leak is making the ceiling in the living room bubble
- toilet leak

Now, that's an apocalypse of events as far as it goes, especially the air con since we had record breaking heat wave two days ago and couldn't use it.  But, to make matters worse, Asha, who I sublease from, has a confrontational relationship with the true landlord of the property.  So instead of having the landlord hire people to fix these issues, Asha decided she was going to have contractors out to bid on how much it would cost to fix things.  She did invite the landlord to be present when the contractors were coming, sort of (by which i mean the landlord gave her a time to schedule the plumber and Asha scheduled the contractor who was going to take a look at her room at the same time, and then the landlord called back and said she couldn't do it at 9 am and could Asha have them come after 5 pm, and Asha said no).

So, the landlord comes by after work and gets presented with bids to fix all the problems (from three separate contractors - plumber, roofer/general contractor to deal with the smell, and air conditioning guy to do the air conditioning) that totaled $2500.

The landlord wasn't happy with that.  The plumber also noted that the water heater was dead and we need a new one ($400 labor, $450 parts), the air con guy noted that the air conditioner needs to be cleaned ($1,200), and so the woman was looking at a huge amount to make it livable.

Landlord agrees to fix garbage disposal (but wants her handyman to come in and do it, and sets up a time for him to come at 4 pm), and go with Asha's contractor to fix the smell in her room.  Asha doesn't cancel the appointment she made with the plumber who did the bid, so he shows up on the morning of the same day the landlord's guy is supposed to show up, and charges the landlady $175 to put in a new garbage disposal (which she pays). 

Today the roofing guys came out and replaced gutter and roof tiles to fix the smell in Asha's room.  ($800)

Asha wasn't here for repairs.  I was.  Landlord came over after that was done and said basically that she hopes the immediate issues are taken care of because if we have another thing go out she is seriously going to give us 30 days notice and just turn the place into storage again... because apparently Asha hasn't actually paid a full months' rent since she moved in three months ago... apparently Asha had some repairs done last month (before I moved in) and took those repairs out of the rent.

Additionally it turns out that Asha (while she's well within our rights to do this) is charging me and the other housemate a combined total of $1580 a month, and the total rent is $1600. 

Landlord tells me today that Asha, while she's supposed to pay $300 for additional people to live here, hasn't done that.  Landlord says that Asha even bargained her down on the initial pet deposit, so instead of paying $300 up front, she's paying $60 a month for a year or so.  Landlord says that Asha was cleared to have 1 (not 2, but 1) more housemate, and that Asha never cleared my dog with her as OK to stay.  Asha took a $300 pet deposit from me, but hadn't given that to the landlord (which, technically she doesn't have to do, but still, it's a little funny).

Asha, when asked about this, says she's paying landlord more than $1600 a month, and that this is just the landlord's way of screwing things up - that yes, the rental agreement says $1600, but that Asha is paying a whole lot more than that.  Asha says she has the checks to back this up. 

As my friend Vettie says - there's probably a little truth and some lie to each of their stories.

So right now I'm living in a place with no air conditioning, where although I get along with the housemates the woman who I sublease from and the landlord she leases from are in an adversarial relationship, where my dog is having little dominance fights with her dog (not big ones, but enough that Asha came *this* close to asking me to leave the other day.... until I talked her down), and where I love the neighborhood and love the guy housemate and thought I could deal with the girl housemate crazy but ... I just don't want to.

I don't want to feel like I'm being threatened with eviction from the landlord if I bring problems to her, and I don't want to feel like I'm stuck watching my housemate, who I sub lease from, is in a battle with my landlord.

Most of all I want a quiet place where me and my dog can live and I can get some studying done. LOL.  

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savoy trufflesavoytruffle on September 29th, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
Holy shit, babe, that is a crazy amount of drama. No one needs that in her life. Least of all you.
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on October 1st, 2010 01:49 am (UTC)
I really want to get off the crazy train, you know? As of right now I'm going to give it one more month, and if this month is as drama filled I'll be giving my notice on Nov 1 and looking for apts.

thanks lady.
(no subject) - shehasathree on September 29th, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC) (Expand)
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on October 1st, 2010 01:49 am (UTC)
hugs are ALWAYS welcome, even if they're warm and sticky ones (and actually, it's gotten a lot better in the last two days)

i like the lemonade too :D
literate and stylish: bemused swarekmishloran on September 30th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
Oy. Because the drama sometimes follows us.


It is completely understandable how shit you feel. But, I suppose the fact you're sub-leasing from a tenant (which totally wouldn't be allowed in the UK, lol) means you can fuck off when you feel up to it; maybe talk to Lovely Guy Housemate if this carries on in a month or sos time and you two can look for somewhere else?

Mostly, try not to get caught up in her shit. She's creating the problems, not you, and once the a/c is fixed, all the other stuff (mildew in her room) is her problem. Hopefully these are just Just Moved In glitches. Sometimes it happens?

mew! *hugs*
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on October 1st, 2010 01:51 am (UTC)
right!? i'm like, wait, am I the drama magnet?

and the sub lease basically does mean i can fuck off when i want to i suppose, and am definitely thinking of taking lovely guy with me when i leave (proposed the idea to him this morning and he sounded like he might be interestsed).

and you're right - i am going to try to stay out of any future ANYTHING with her, from giving her advice, etc. just do not want. and yeah, i'm hoping it's just a perfect storm of coincidence ...

*hugs you back*
your royal pie-nessentrenous88 on September 30th, 2010 09:03 am (UTC)
Oh man, that sounds so aggravating and tension-filled and awkward!

Nab the cool guy!roommate and skedaddle to a new place?

If not, hang in there, and just be like, "La la la!" and sing yourself a private song whenever your crazy!roommate or the landlord tell you things. Though I would at least be vaguely looking for a new place, given that the landlord seems so frustrated and the crazy!roommate seems eviction happy...
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on October 1st, 2010 01:53 am (UTC)
i'm TOTALLY going to be singing the "la la la" song! and possibly talking about nabbing cool roomate (i did suggest to him this morning something like that and he sounded pleasantly interested in it as a future possibility).

and yeah, i'm kind of going to be keeping an eye on other things from here on out.

i don't like having to trust to a relationship between two people i'm not quite trusting with (housmate and landlord)
Andrea: Alice - mad hatter & quotesilentflux on September 30th, 2010 11:10 am (UTC)
Wow - that beyond sucks! I hope that it works out, but if not, kidnap the cool roommate and find a new place? Maybe?
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on October 1st, 2010 01:54 am (UTC)
i think your instincts are dead on the money.
gray_ghostgray_ghost on September 30th, 2010 11:39 am (UTC)

Okay - pawn anything of value Asha might have to make up for the money she's ripped off from you. If she gives you any shit - threaten to strangle Taco. Because I'm pretty sure the bitch is lying.

Then try to find a new place. That ho is a non-stop drama machine - and you don't need to be around that.

my monkied brainkatekat1010 on October 1st, 2010 01:54 am (UTC)
you? are evil.

nough said.
bexmaddybexmaddy on September 30th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
I agree w/gray dude. From what you write, she seems dishonest.
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on October 1st, 2010 01:55 am (UTC)
yeah, pretty much i think so too.
BJdara_starscream on October 2nd, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
(gives an Eskimo kiss) Shit dude.

You're a lot more patient than I am. AC doesn't work? Seeya. Sorry kids, I'll put up with a lot but not nonfunctioning climate control. I've spent quite enough of life freezing or frying.

Amongst other things, I see attorneys in the future. Not good.