So I Officially Hate My Landlord

It's been a long time coming, believe me.

This man called me time and again to tell me to run my baseboard heaters on high during extremely cold weather to keep the pipes from freezing.  So the lil sis and I did.  When the pipes in my bathroom froze anyway, he got an attitude and accused me of not running the heaters.  Our handyman had to confirm that yes, in fact, I was running the heaters and closing doors as instructed, but the heating was ineffective.

Ineffective, but not in expensive.

Now we have an electric bill for $469, and Amaya can tell y'all it wasn't worth a damn.  We still had to wear socks, layers, and sit with blankets in the living room.  So I politely write a letter to my landlord explaining the issue and he 1) flat-out denies responsibility, 2) tells me that when my lease runs out in June, I'm free to move somewhere else, and 3) says I "just must be cold-natured from growing up in a warmer climate wherever it was that [I] grew up."

...yeah.

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  1. Wow! I would put all future rent payments in an Escrow account and move as soon as my lease was up.

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  2. *is too busy seething to compose a response*

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  3. @ mssunshinediva

    Wow! I would put all future rent payments in an Escrow account and move as soon as my lease was up.

    Keep talking...

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  4. @ Student

    Girl, who you tellin'. it's taken me all evening to calm myself and finally type out a letter to these guys.

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  5. Girl I have been there...lol. ran that heat to try to keep my place warm and my landlord was convinced that the place was well heated until my 30 gallon fish tank froze over..

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  6. Thanks, Anonymous. Leave a name, please.

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  7. *smfh* $469?! AND still cold?!

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  8. Hold on. Your rent doesn't include heat? I thought that was the law or some shit.

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  9. @ RVCBard
    The majority of apartments I've lived in didn't include heat in the rent. Some even make you pay for water.

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  10. *adds this to the list of Reasons Why NYC Rocks*

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  11. It wasn't worth a damn. That guy needs a good old-fashioned Southern beatdown for that shit.

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  12. Is there a tenant union or tenant rights organization in your area or state? I used the Illinois Tenants Union when I lived in the olfactory town of Chicago. So many slum lords in that city.

    I hope someone can help you out soon!

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  13. @ Anishinaabekwe

    Thanks...I'd never heard of tenant unions until you said it. I'll have to see if we have anything like that around here, but I doubt it. We lack a lot essentials 'round here.

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  14. If you can't find anything like a tenants union also free legal aid can help. They have helped me break leases, etc.

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