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It's raining something something. [Oct. 12th, 2006|02:30 am]
Chaz Meyers
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Those of you who live in the Philadelphia area might have noticed the downpour we had earlier this afternoon. You may not have noticed the downpour which occurred in our computer room. Enough water accumulated that one of the drop tiles broke and two "ballooned" to a point where we had to "pop" them with a knife. Most of the tiles are wet enough that they ought to be replaced. Between the two popped tiles, we drained about three big pots worth of water. The rug is soaked, but fortunately none of our electronics got wet.

Given that our landlord has not replied yet to our unrelated complaints earlier in the month, we are now researching escrow accounts. Uninhabitable environment = no rent, buster.
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[User Picture]From: penguinangel
2006-10-12 03:38 am (UTC)
laura says she is sorry. laura hopes to see you next week and hopefully that will make you happy. laura goes and does math homework now.
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[User Picture]From: cpm
2006-10-12 12:43 pm (UTC)
If Laura is speaking in the third person next week Chaz might get very uneasy. I told you all that math can't be good for you! ;)
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[User Picture]From: regression
2006-10-12 10:42 am (UTC)
ooh i have advice, since the same thing happened to me. take pictures of EVERYTHING. make sure you dont just call, but send certified mail complaints to your landlord and keep a copy of EVERYTHING. keep note of everytime you call and the response you get. last but not least, if its not fixed in a reasonable amount of time (mold grows fast) call lisence and inspection to come out and look at it so they can file a complaint with the landlord. keep a copy of that too in case you have to take them to court.

good luck
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[User Picture]From: cpm
2006-10-12 12:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your suggestions! We were going to send formal complaints as certified mail, but I hadn't thought about those other steps.
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[User Picture]From: rosemarymint
2006-10-12 11:56 am (UTC)
I agree with the other suggestions. I do have a question, though. Who is your landlord?
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[User Picture]From: cpm
2006-10-12 12:42 pm (UTC)
His name is Mahmod.

When we spoke to him, he didn't sound like a horrible individual, but he does live out of state. I get the impression that renting properties out is a bit of a "side job" for him. I think we're falling victim to "out of sight, out of mind".
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[User Picture]From: rosemarymint
2006-10-12 02:04 pm (UTC)
Gotcha. I was afraid you were renting from Sherman Properties or any of the other known slumlords in the area.

Definitely take pictures, keep a well-documented paper trail and then either fix things on your own and deduct the cost from your rent (with heavy documentation) or withhold and put into escrow. Bt you already knew that :-)
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[User Picture]From: approachmdnight
2006-10-12 02:21 pm (UTC)
All the landlords in the area are slumlords.

Ok, not all, but most.
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[User Picture]From: rosemarymint
2006-10-12 02:44 pm (UTC)
My old landlord wasn't a slumlord. He was an idiot, but not a slumlord :-)
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[User Picture]From: approachmdnight
2006-10-12 02:49 pm (UTC)
You weren't in West Philly, though.
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[User Picture]From: paininbutt
2006-10-12 11:15 pm (UTC)
i sure your landlord will give a more satiffatctory answer than our school adminstrators and you should have my landlord hes a doll
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[User Picture]From: cpm
2006-10-13 05:07 pm (UTC)
Last night was the first time they played music since the last time we complained! And it wasn't nearly as bad as last time.
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[User Picture]From: duckssaymip
2006-10-13 03:47 pm (UTC)
Dude! You're letting your computer take a shower again?!?! Didn't you learn anything the first time your monitor tried shampooing itself?!

;)
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[User Picture]From: cpm
2006-10-13 05:03 pm (UTC)
Fortunately, my computer and monitor was a few tiles over from the worst of it. My computer has been migrated to the living room, acting as a headless server, and the monitor will be put into storage until I can set up a safer desk situation.
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