Landlord Issues?

Landlord Issues?

Lickable Lollie Lickable Lollie
I'm at my boyfriend's house and the toilet is backed up so he has to call the landlord. What's the first thing he asks? Did you use a plunger? Nope, didn't even think of that! Silly us. OF COURSE WE DID. Second thing he says: you can't be putting a whole lot down these things. Oh, so I shouldn't have used the toilet as a garbage disposal? My bad. Moron. There, I feel better.

Anyone else have issues with their landlord thinking they are brain dead?
04/11/2012
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Lickable Lollie Lickable Lollie
Figures. He uses his own plunger and it worked. Thing that makes me the most upset is that he blamed me and said that I was flushing tampons. Oh, I am so angry right now I could explode!!
04/11/2012
catsin catsin
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Originally posted by Lickable Lollie
I'm at my boyfriend's house and the toilet is backed up so he has to call the landlord. What's the first thing he asks? Did you use a plunger? Nope, didn't even think of that! Silly us. OF COURSE WE DID. Second thing he says: you ...
Yea. Landlords are occasionally jerks. I try and be extra nice to them.
Read up on the Benjamin Franklin effect... maybe you can find something in that phenomenon that would help you out?
04/11/2012
Kayla Kayla
They can be jerks, but it's possible that he's had a lot of issues with it in the past - it's surprising how many people don't know that they're supposed to use a plunger. Really.
04/11/2012
Ms. N Ms. N
My landlord tends to come over without calling, and it bugs me to death! When I get home, I instantly change into my nightie, or less, and whenever my landlord shows up unexpectedly, I have to run to slip something on before answering the door. One night, my neighbor's AC flooded her apartment, and my manager knocked on my door to check my apartment. I was asleep and didn't hear, so my apartment flooded too. My phone number is on file. Would it be so hard to call first?
04/11/2012
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
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Originally posted by Lickable Lollie
I'm at my boyfriend's house and the toilet is backed up so he has to call the landlord. What's the first thing he asks? Did you use a plunger? Nope, didn't even think of that! Silly us. OF COURSE WE DID. Second thing he says: you ...
I agree it's annoying, but I've seen how brain-dead some tenants can be and I understand why landlords ask those kinds of questions.
04/11/2012
Tuesday Tuesday
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Originally posted by Lickable Lollie
I'm at my boyfriend's house and the toilet is backed up so he has to call the landlord. What's the first thing he asks? Did you use a plunger? Nope, didn't even think of that! Silly us. OF COURSE WE DID. Second thing he says: you ...
As a landlord, I can tell you that there are indeed tenants who will call the landlord as their first action, without trying the simplest of ways to solve problems like this. He can't know whether you're one of these without asking the obvious questions.
04/11/2012
Secret Pleasure Secret Pleasure
luickly never had to deal with this but I can understand how it angered you.
04/11/2012
Melan!e Melan!e
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Originally posted by Petite Valentine
I agree it's annoying, but I've seen how brain-dead some tenants can be and I understand why landlords ask those kinds of questions.
My neighbour is one of those nothing-for-brains tenants and I would hate to be the landlord having to deal with him all the time.

I have had lots of problems with my landlords in the past breaking in all the time. I don't mind my current landlord though.
04/11/2012
Ansley Ansley
All of these stories make me very happy that I live in an apartment complex owned by a management company, not an individual. I've never been in that situation and I'm pretty sure I would hate it, if I were!
04/12/2012
xOhxSoxScandalousx xOhxSoxScandalousx
Our landlord is an asshat. I can't wait to get out of this hell hole. He could care less to crank up the heat because the tenants who live upstairs will "over heat", so we end up freezing down here. Many things in our apartment fell apart when we first moved in. We have no peephole so we can't see who is knocking at our door and that's a safety issue. Our landlord is the cheapest guy alive. He owns like 40 apartments and owns expensive condos and penthouses downtown(this is what he told us) yet these apartments have a horrible upkeep and his handy man doesn't know what the hell he is doing. He blames us when something breaks or falls apart. Yet it's his horrible handy man that did all the work in this apartment, hence why things are falling apart. So yes I feel the pain your going through. Lol.
04/12/2012
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
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Originally posted by xOhxSoxScandalousx
Our landlord is an asshat. I can't wait to get out of this hell hole. He could care less to crank up the heat because the tenants who live upstairs will "over heat", so we end up freezing down here. Many things in our apartment fell ...
I'm not sure what the law is in your state, but the majority have regulations for heating apartments for a portion of the year (for example, October 1 - May 1, i.e. the cold months, landlords must keep the temperature above 68°). If your landlord is not meeting the requirement, you can file a complaint with your local housing authority.
04/12/2012
Tuesday Tuesday
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Originally posted by Ansley
All of these stories make me very happy that I live in an apartment complex owned by a management company, not an individual. I've never been in that situation and I'm pretty sure I would hate it, if I were!
Not if you were one of my tenants. We provide same day fixes for maintenance problems whenever possible. Our maintenance guy lives two blocks away. We only have one building. We just re-landscaped it and renovated all the units except one, where the tenant asked us not to.

We keep our rents below market even though they're nicer than average just to make sure we can rent them quickly when there's a vacancy.

My husband was there yesterday putting together new benches for the patio area. While he was doing that several of the tenants came out to chit chat with him. One of them brought him two slices of pizza. They can't have too low an opinion of us.

You guys should all rent our units.
04/12/2012
Lickable Lollie Lickable Lollie
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Originally posted by Tuesday
Not if you were one of my tenants. We provide same day fixes for maintenance problems whenever possible. Our maintenance guy lives two blocks away. We only have one building. We just re-landscaped it and renovated all the units except one, where the ...
lol sounds like it would be nice...
04/12/2012
michael scofield michael scofield
dont have landlord the city is my landlord projects all day!
06/11/2012
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by Petite Valentine
I'm not sure what the law is in your state, but the majority have regulations for heating apartments for a portion of the year (for example, October 1 - May 1, i.e. the cold months, landlords must keep the temperature above 68°). If your ...
In Chicago the law is that in the winter (between Sept 15th and April 31st) the heat has to be at 62 degrees between 10:30 PM at night to 7:30 in the morning, and 68 degrees between 7:30 AM and 10:30 PM. Some suburbs have even colder requirements.
06/11/2012
Beck Beck
Our sewage backed up just in time for my son's 2nd birthday party. I went go down stairs and noticed we had about 5" of water throughout the basement. I called for hubby and we thought maybe something was stick in the drain. So we plunged it and everything. After we tried what we could, we call the landlord and he asked the same questions you did. The next day came over with his own plunger and tried the same. And it didn't work. So instead of calling a plumber to fix everything, he goes and gets a snake to see the issue himself, which would have been fine, if he knew about plumbing! The snake he got wasn't long enough to see the issue, so he ended up having to call a plumber. Then finally we found the issue. The piping from the house to the street had busted and wasn't allowing things to pass. So, what does he do? We thought the plumber would fix it because it would be less time consuming, but NO way. This landlord comes over with a shovel and thinks he is going to dig a hole in the place marked where the hole could be. (Mind you, the measurement could have been off and even the plumber said it could be.) So he starts digging all day long. He can't do it because who knew digging a 6ft deep hole with a shovel would be so hard? And when he finally reached the pump after three days of shoveling, he was in the WRONG spot. So he had to call a friend to bring over a backhoe and take more time off work in order to continue fixing the problem. All in all it took over a week and finally he finished fixing it. I was so annoyed! A week we had no toilet in the house. I was pregnant, so I was peeing a lot. We couldn't shower that often or wash dishes or laundry at the house either. We ended up at friends houses for all these things. And running to Wendy's to use the bathroom.

The damned thing too is the landlord knew the pipping needs replaced. It's over 90years old. And he's known ever since he's owned these places that he needs to replace the pipping. He only replaced a small chuck of the pipping. So, eventually he is going to have to do it again.

We also need a new roof and have since I moved here 4 years ago. The roof blew off the one day. And he had to come over. He did it as quick and easy as he could too. I'm so annoyed with our landlord it's ridiculous. We could turn him in for the way the house is. But it's the only place we could afford for a long time. However, we get to move here real soon. I'm super happy. This place is a shit hole! With a crappy landlord who half ass fixes things.
06/11/2012
Tuesday Tuesday
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Originally posted by Beck
Our sewage backed up just in time for my son's 2nd birthday party. I went go down stairs and noticed we had about 5" of water throughout the basement. I called for hubby and we thought maybe something was stick in the drain. So we plunged it ...
Definitely take a week off your next rent payment. You're completely within your rights to do that.
06/11/2012
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