Sunday, November 30, 2008

So if a picture says a thousand words.....

What does a video say?


This friends is my septic tank overflowing. And it was just pumped less than 2 weeks ago. We now have pictures and proof that our landlord is a slumlord. He is now saying that he "doesn't know if he wants to let us break our lease" Hmmmm, I wonder how the courts will feel about that? We have been living in a complete shit hole. He refuses to fix things. He refuses to do the the things required by law. I mean, I think we have a pretty good case here. We are good tenants. We pay our rent. And we have dumped hundreds and hundreds of dollars into this place to try and improve it. WE paid hundreds of dollars to Orkin to try and get rid of the mice infestation. Obviously it didn't work, but we still paid for it out of our pockets.

This is in our bathroom under one of the sinks. Please note the mold growing, because of him not fixing the water heater in a timely manner. Also, note the mouse trap. We have many of those.This is the closet in my sons room. Where the water heater resides. Again, note the mouse trap and mold growth. We tried to get rid of all of this ourselves but to no avail.
This is in our dining room. Right above our table. Nice right? He was supposed to fix this MONTHS ago. He never did as you can see.

You'll notice that those holes, go right up into the ceiling. Where the mice live. Oh, did I mention we have mice? We do. A fucking lot of them!

Ready for some before and afters?

Here is the ca-ca colored(and smelling) rug that used to be wall to wall for the living room and dining room.

Started pulling it up.......

And this is what we found. Here let me clean that up a bit so you can really appreciate the beauty of the flooring. Don't get me wrong, I'll take ugly over filthy smelly and damn day!
There, thats better! Miss Pandora checking out one of the stinky heating vents.
Here you can see the awful wood panels that fill the entire place. Great curtains no? They were here when we moved in. Not any more though. Oh...and the drop ceiling that our landlord TOLD us to take down because of the rotting mice up there, and then told us to put it back up...uh, no. I think not. They were covered in mouse shit, piss and rotting flesh. I'm not putting that back over our heads!
Noahs room. Before I painted.

And now for some afters....
This is monkeys room after the paint. Muuuch better.

Oh, thats right...we put new carpet down too! Look how much brighter everything is! Funny how clean carpet and paint can change an entire room.
If you ignore the freakin mess, you can see the paint. Heh..we were putting the rooms back together at this point.
Yea, its the same room. This shot is of the exact same windows up above, believe it or not.
Shot from the living room into the dining room....theres the disgusting fan with holes going into the mice cave RIGHT OVER our table!
And thats all I feel like putting up. This is a disgustingly long post as is. Not that any of you care about my slumlord drama, or this shit hole I live in.

18 comments:

womb for improvement said...

As I believe they said on the Titanic:
"get out, get out, get out!"

Ooof.

Your landlord should be thanking you it'll way easier to rent now. Good luck with getting him to see sense. I'm sure these photos will help.

Sarah said...

We rented it thinking it was just cosmetic things that need be done. We had NO idea about the mice, septic, the awful smell, the water heater, Etc, etc.

Xbox4NappyRash said...

Name and shame is what I'd do.

Prick.

Sarah said...

Name and shame? What do you mean?

Xbox4NappyRash said...

Here we have websites basically where you can list your lousy landlord.

Not in a kick his arse way, but officially, with pictorial evidence etc.

Landlords don't like being on those lists.

Sarah said...

Ahhh, I see.

Lea said...

OMG, I'm so sorry you have to deal with a jerk like that. I've had plenty of rotten landlords in my day, so I can totally relate. I'm glad you are moving. Don't let him freak you out. I'm sure it will all work out in your favor.

Kahla said...

Oh my God, that is awful. I feel bad that it took us 2 hours to get a new water heater to our tenants once we found out about it, I couldn't imagine doing what yours is! That is just wrong!

KandiB said...

How horrible and frustrating. That landlord OWES you $$ for fixing up his shxt hole of a "property." Right? Geez..

Jane G said...

I rented some terrible places in my time, so I can feel your pain. As for not breaking your lease, tell him to shove the lease up his arse. The cheek of him when he rented you the place in that state. If anything, he owes you money.

Sarah said...

Lea- Shoooooot, I aint scured! He is a prick.

Kahla- See my dear, thats where you two are different...YOU are a scum bag. HE most certainly is!

Kandi- One would think.

Jane- I plan on telling him right where he can can stick that lease....and its isnt a comfortable spot!

Sarah said...

Kahla- You ARENT....ARENT a scum bag!! Sheesh, forget a couple of letters and look how things can turn!

Sorry love!

Xbox4NappyRash said...

I damn near pissed myself there....

I thought you'd lost it and just started randomly abusing commenters.

Nice idea...

Sarah said...

Just goes to show, that I DO in fact need to proof read my shit!

Ooops, my bad.

April said...

Holy crap, keep that video for proof! That is ridiculous that a LANDLORD would have his tenant living like this: mice, mold AND sewage?!?!?

Sarah said...

April- Yes ma'am! Thats why we took all the photos and the video. Because I have a feeling that I am going to have to take him to court.

Krissyface said...

I live in a shithole too. Slumlords suck ass. The heat in my building is now on a timer so it only comes on for 10 minutes every half hour, no matter how frigging cold it gets (and it gets cold, because the windows are like pre-WWI)...

Your house looks lovely now though...totally dig the sectional.
Its my favorite kind of couch!

JJ said...

What CRAP...what a CRAPface!