I’ve finally finished working for the day. I have to work tomorrow. And I’m just getting this post in under my self-imposed Friday deadline. Also, I don’t want the pennyfolk to think I’m a flighty person. I mean, historically I have been, but I’m I trying to be better.
I was a bit too optimistic on Tuesday after my apartment flooded. I was hearing what I wanted to hear instead of what was really being said.
What I wanted to hear was: “This is terrible. We are at fault. This has happened before and we didn’t make the adjustments to the exterior drains and maintenance that we should have. We are going to remove the wet carpet and padding, and get your place back into a “livable” condition.” What was actually being said was, “We’re going to do this as cheaply as possible. We’ll start by putting a single fan on your wet floor. That will dry up the carpet that got less water on it. We are going to remove the carpet padding from the ‘wettest’ places and replace it in a couple of days once everything dries. We are going to leave the carpet. Oh, you want it to be shampooed? Sure, just call the office.”
Yea. It took a day or so for it to sink in that they were planning to keep the same carpet. I went back and forth with them trying to get them to make the appropriate repairs. At one point, I think I was even negotiating against myself. I was just so tired and wanted it fixed. Eventually, I broke and asked them about breaking the lease. They jumped at this and agreed to waive the thirty (30) days notice…which is of course what they have wanted for some time now. I live in a city that has experienced steady migration (enough to change the political landscape…) for several decades now. My apartment is well under market value and one of the only units not yet renovated. My lease includes a price step increase clause and they could not make the repairs/renovate and charge me the rate they now charge other units (+$300.00).
I have to be out this Sunday. Yes…in two days. Between work, packing, and school, I am exhausted. However, I am also very fortunate. There are few other instances in the past where I would have been able to make this choice, prioritizing my health and well-being. I am fortunate to have flexible employment, be able bodied, and perhaps more than anything, have parents who love me a great deal and are happy to have me at home for a while.
I just need to make it to Monday.