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The [Renting] Thread

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  • Cilla BlackCilla Black Priscilla!!! Registered User regular
    Gross out bug stories from my new apartment, spoiled for those who hate roaches
    I just moved in last tuesday. New carpet in the place, which is really nice, but it's very clearly an old building. It got good reviews in general online, so hopefully I've just gotten unlucky and the previous tenants were awful or something.

    Regardless, the kitchen is infested with little bitty roaches. I've seen two dead ones inside the refrigerator, and you don't even want to know what the oreos box I left on top of the fridge for a few days looked like.

    I left a sandwich out for maybe 10, 15 minutes on my computer table and a roach appeared on it too, so it isn't even just the kitchen. Seen 2 crawling along the walls today.

    Given the age of the building, I don't know how useful an exterminator would be, and since my service request was completed and closed with an hour of being made, without an change to the notes or response, I doubt the facility itself will do anything.

    Practically, the food thing makes little difference. I can get ziplock bags for everything, since I only plan on eating sandwiches as that's all I can afford.

    Mostly I'm worried about my myriad of electronics, because these are absolutely the kind of bugs who would love to snuggle up to the warmth of a computer or ps4. I've only got a lease for a year, and can give 60 days notice with no repercussions, but I super don't want to carry a nest of bugs inside my consoles or computer to any new residence.

    It has been a huge bummer because I was so excited about the place, and now I don't even want to eat anything much less enjoy my new freedom.

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  • MadicanMadican No face Registered User regular
    The dead roaches are more worrisome than the live ones. Live ones aren't all that dirty, besides being unwanted anywhere near food, but the corpses of roaches dissolve into a fine powder that causes severe respiratory problems.

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  • I ZimbraI Zimbra Registered User regular
    Gross out bug stories from my new apartment, spoiled for those who hate roaches
    I just moved in last tuesday. New carpet in the place, which is really nice, but it's very clearly an old building. It got good reviews in general online, so hopefully I've just gotten unlucky and the previous tenants were awful or something.

    Regardless, the kitchen is infested with little bitty roaches. I've seen two dead ones inside the refrigerator, and you don't even want to know what the oreos box I left on top of the fridge for a few days looked like.

    I left a sandwich out for maybe 10, 15 minutes on my computer table and a roach appeared on it too, so it isn't even just the kitchen. Seen 2 crawling along the walls today.

    Given the age of the building, I don't know how useful an exterminator would be, and since my service request was completed and closed with an hour of being made, without an change to the notes or response, I doubt the facility itself will do anything.

    Practically, the food thing makes little difference. I can get ziplock bags for everything, since I only plan on eating sandwiches as that's all I can afford.

    Mostly I'm worried about my myriad of electronics, because these are absolutely the kind of bugs who would love to snuggle up to the warmth of a computer or ps4. I've only got a lease for a year, and can give 60 days notice with no repercussions, but I super don't want to carry a nest of bugs inside my consoles or computer to any new residence.

    It has been a huge bummer because I was so excited about the place, and now I don't even want to eat anything much less enjoy my new freedom.

    I had a similar problem in one of my old apartments and it only took one spraying plus putting out a couple of roach motels to get them under control, so it's not hopeless.

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  • Cilla BlackCilla Black Priscilla!!! Registered User regular
    edited August 2015
    Yeah. Another reason i'm very concerned about my electronics. I've worked in computer repair long enough to see some gross computers come in, but it typically requires a very large infestation for electronics not related to food consumption (ie microwaves, which I won't be getting now) to be affected. So, I am hopeful in that respect. Anything else I can live it.

    The worst thing honestly is my kitchen no longer feels like my own, and I was so very much looking forward to my own kitchen and being able to cook as I wanted. But it might as well be sectioned off now, as I'll probably keep all non-perishables in ziplock bags in my room now.
    I Zimbra wrote: »
    I had a similar problem in one of my old apartments and it only took one spraying plus putting out a couple of roach motels to get them under control, so it's not hopeless.

    Did you use a professional or just buy a spray youself?

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  • I ZimbraI Zimbra Registered User regular
    We used a professional, contracted by the rental company. I'd say check your local renting laws about whether you or the landlord are responsible for dealing with an existing infestation.

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  • cabsycabsy the fattest rainbow unicorn Registered User regular
    I'd make another request of your building, and if you have a direct email address you can include some pictures which seems to put a fire under their ass more than anything (as well as the traceable times/dates of contact). Roaches sound terrible but honestly aren't as difficult to deal with, especially if you stay relatively clean they will leave your apartment for easier pickings. But it does mean no leaving food out for ten or fifteen minutes unattended on a table.

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  • Cilla BlackCilla Black Priscilla!!! Registered User regular
    Thanks for the assurances, all. I've dealt with bugs, and certainly roaches, before, but never with this many at once. It doesn't help that I've only ever had palmetto bugs before, which are huge, but much less likely to be found in multiple numbers inside an oreos box. Somehow the smaller ones are creeping me out more atm, even if they're much easier to pick up and throw in the toilet.

    I miss the cool looking house centipedes from my old place who kept vigil against roaches and flies. It sounds weird and probably is but it was a reassurance to see one of those things crawl across the wall once a week or so.

    I'll physically go to the office itself probably before work tomorrow and see if they can do anything. If not, I'll probably try to budget for a professional to come in. Now it's time to go buy big ass ziplock bags

  • MadicanMadican No face Registered User regular
    The most annoying bugs I've ever had to deal with was a swarm of flying somethings after I found, and disturbed, a sack of potatoes that went rotten way faster than I thought. That was solved though when I bought a small bug light and my evenings became a steady stream of snap-crackle-pop until they all died off without their food source.

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  • Dead LegendDead Legend Registered User regular
    @Cilla Black I imagine it's a building problem, but like everybody said, the bait stations can go a long way.

    Couple in the kitchen, behind the refrigerator, one in the bathroom, one or two in a corner of each room depending on size, maybe on top of a cabinet in the kitchen? Spraying along the baseboards will be good too.

    Obviously not much you can do about your neighbors, because if you got them your neighbors likely do, so I would ask if they have any issues.

    Management is more likely to do something if a bunch of tenants have issues and raise a ruckus.

    Good luck!

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  • SilverWindSilverWind Registered User regular
    My sister is dealing with this in the unit she just moved into. She's caulked up every nook and cranny (and gone so far as to plug up the unused power sockets with kiddie protectors). Then she coated the entire place with diatomaceous earth (which you should check out!). And then I think she's gotten management to spray the place on top of it as well. It's gone down from a horrifying 50 roaches in the first night (oh dear god) to no new sightings in two weeks.

    However, she did have the luxury of moving in with us for those two weeks so that they starved/tore themselves to pieces on the diatomaceous earth.

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  • QuantumTurkQuantumTurk Registered User regular
    Cheap Roach solutions: boric acid, will be some sort of antibroach powder at your home depot equivalent. Also harris roach tablets. Both use boric acid, which is nice because they run through it, and it slowly punches holes in their she'll, giving them time to go groom each other, some eggs, etc all spreading the powder around. And it's pretty darn safe for pets and humans. Just don't eat it, don't let your pet lick at it too much. Works wonders, put the tablets under stuff, spread a line of powder anywhere you think they will cross. You will be cleaning up bodies, of course.

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  • KakodaimonosKakodaimonos Registered User regular
    Or you could get a whole mess of Huntsman spiders and let them loose in the apartment. They'll clean up the roaches pretty quickly.

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  • QuantumTurkQuantumTurk Registered User regular
    Also acceptable. I really really just hate roaches. I am cool with spider bro in the corner of my bathroom, he looks out for me.

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  • Cilla BlackCilla Black Priscilla!!! Registered User regular
    Yay, the apartment people sent an exterminator in this morning! I wish they'd have let me know, as I had to quickly hide some uh things, but I was happy they'd done so. Gunna pick up my vacuum cleaner and some roach motels after work today. Hopefully it'll work. He was pretty thorough.

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  • schussschuss Registered User regular
    If you have things that shouldn't be in public view, hide them when you're out, regardless of expected company, as you never know who could be the next person in your apt. if you get injured or something.

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  • Dead LegendDead Legend Registered User regular
    whoa just stepped out on the balcony and saw a dead yellow jacket on the ground. Look up, spot two big nests, one small.

    Best go get some bug spray, WD-40 ain't cut out for this job. But it will work in a pinch, if y'all ever in need of something to kill stinging fliers.

    Also, when spraying wasps, the best time to do it is dawn / dusk when they're all home and least active, and DO NOT slam the door or start any sort of lawn equipment. Vibrations drive them crazy.

    That's why you should also check underneath the deck on mowers and stuff before you crank it.

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  • KakodaimonosKakodaimonos Registered User regular
    Or you have your drunk redneck friend decide to shoot the hives with 410 #4 birdshot.

    You just want to stand way the fuck away from him. Preferably behind something solid.

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  • Cilla BlackCilla Black Priscilla!!! Registered User regular
    schuss wrote: »
    If you have things that shouldn't be in public view, hide them when you're out, regardless of expected company, as you never know who could be the next person in your apt. if you get injured or something.

    Yeah. Nothing illegal but definitely stuff I would be really embarrassed about/don't want people to know about yet.

  • chrishallett83chrishallett83 Hi! Registered User regular
    schuss wrote: »
    If you have things that shouldn't be in public view, hide them when you're out, regardless of expected company, as you never know who could be the next person in your apt. if you get injured or something.

    Yeah. Nothing illegal but definitely stuff I would be really embarrassed about/don't want people to know about yet.

    Pfft, no need to be ashamed of your David Hasselhoff shrine! He's a pretty big star in Germany!

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  • MadEddyMadEddy Creepy house watching youRegistered User regular
    My lease is up in January, which means I give notice in November, which means I'm starting to look for a new place now since it's almost September.

    Kinda annoyed that I have to renew my MD registration right before I move, because I'll probably wind up in VA and have to re-do it anyway.

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  • Dead LegendDead Legend Registered User regular
    Paid security and pet deposit today!

    Thank goodness that's all done with. Just 1st month's rent when we move in a month.

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  • schussschuss Registered User regular
    schuss wrote: »
    If you have things that shouldn't be in public view, hide them when you're out, regardless of expected company, as you never know who could be the next person in your apt. if you get injured or something.

    Yeah. Nothing illegal but definitely stuff I would be really embarrassed about/don't want people to know about yet.

    Pfft, no need to be ashamed of your David Hasselhoff shrine! He's a pretty big star in Germany!

    Seriously, Hoff-Lovers are a protected class now.

  • cabsycabsy the fattest rainbow unicorn Registered User regular
    edited August 2015
    so it's been 17 days since a big chunk crumbled out of our wall due to water damage, maintenance came out and looked at it and came with a plan to fix it, no word on when that'll actually be done. emailed them two days ago to ask for a timeline, absolutely no response at all. go to see if I can comment on their facebook page in the hopes that maybe THAT will get me some notice and not only have they disabled comments on their facebook page but their own leasing agent gave them a five star rating "because this doesn't seem very balanced"
    jesus fucking christ

    also I've been emailing them about the clearly apparent water damage behind the wall for three months, it's not new, it's just the literal chunk falling out of the wall that's new. the stains and bubbling paint have been there quite some time

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  • DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    cabsy wrote: »
    so it's been 17 days since a big chunk crumbled out of our wall due to water damage, maintenance came out and looked at it and came with a plan to fix it, no word on when that'll actually be done. emailed them two days ago to ask for a timeline, absolutely no response at all. go to see if I can comment on their facebook page in the hopes that maybe THAT will get me some notice and not only have they disabled comments on their facebook page but their own leasing agent gave them a five star rating "because this doesn't seem very balanced"
    jesus fucking christ

    also I've been emailing them about the clearly apparent water damage behind the wall for three months, it's not new, it's just the literal chunk falling out of the wall that's new. the stains and bubbling paint have been there quite some time

    That sounds like something the Housing Services/Authority would like to hear about.

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  • cabsycabsy the fattest rainbow unicorn Registered User regular
    DarkPrimus wrote: »
    cabsy wrote: »
    so it's been 17 days since a big chunk crumbled out of our wall due to water damage, maintenance came out and looked at it and came with a plan to fix it, no word on when that'll actually be done. emailed them two days ago to ask for a timeline, absolutely no response at all. go to see if I can comment on their facebook page in the hopes that maybe THAT will get me some notice and not only have they disabled comments on their facebook page but their own leasing agent gave them a five star rating "because this doesn't seem very balanced"
    jesus fucking christ

    also I've been emailing them about the clearly apparent water damage behind the wall for three months, it's not new, it's just the literal chunk falling out of the wall that's new. the stains and bubbling paint have been there quite some time

    That sounds like something the Housing Services/Authority would like to hear about.

    I talked to maintenance again today (unrelatedly as I was trying to put my blind up and it snapped in half and scared the shit outta me) and he said the apartment manager called him to talk about scheduling and asked if she had got in touch with me and I said no
    like... I don't understand why they don't just respond to emails?? it would placate me so much if they would just even say "we're pricing out the repair"? this building is nearly 100 years old I know there's gonna be issues that are a long term complicated fix but at least say something

  • DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    cabsy wrote: »
    DarkPrimus wrote: »
    cabsy wrote: »
    so it's been 17 days since a big chunk crumbled out of our wall due to water damage, maintenance came out and looked at it and came with a plan to fix it, no word on when that'll actually be done. emailed them two days ago to ask for a timeline, absolutely no response at all. go to see if I can comment on their facebook page in the hopes that maybe THAT will get me some notice and not only have they disabled comments on their facebook page but their own leasing agent gave them a five star rating "because this doesn't seem very balanced"
    jesus fucking christ

    also I've been emailing them about the clearly apparent water damage behind the wall for three months, it's not new, it's just the literal chunk falling out of the wall that's new. the stains and bubbling paint have been there quite some time

    That sounds like something the Housing Services/Authority would like to hear about.

    I talked to maintenance again today (unrelatedly as I was trying to put my blind up and it snapped in half and scared the shit outta me) and he said the apartment manager called him to talk about scheduling and asked if she had got in touch with me and I said no
    like... I don't understand why they don't just respond to emails?? it would placate me so much if they would just even say "we're pricing out the repair"? this building is nearly 100 years old I know there's gonna be issues that are a long term complicated fix but at least say something

    I'm referring to governmental institutions.

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  • cabsycabsy the fattest rainbow unicorn Registered User regular
    DarkPrimus wrote: »
    cabsy wrote: »
    DarkPrimus wrote: »
    cabsy wrote: »
    so it's been 17 days since a big chunk crumbled out of our wall due to water damage, maintenance came out and looked at it and came with a plan to fix it, no word on when that'll actually be done. emailed them two days ago to ask for a timeline, absolutely no response at all. go to see if I can comment on their facebook page in the hopes that maybe THAT will get me some notice and not only have they disabled comments on their facebook page but their own leasing agent gave them a five star rating "because this doesn't seem very balanced"
    jesus fucking christ

    also I've been emailing them about the clearly apparent water damage behind the wall for three months, it's not new, it's just the literal chunk falling out of the wall that's new. the stains and bubbling paint have been there quite some time

    That sounds like something the Housing Services/Authority would like to hear about.

    I talked to maintenance again today (unrelatedly as I was trying to put my blind up and it snapped in half and scared the shit outta me) and he said the apartment manager called him to talk about scheduling and asked if she had got in touch with me and I said no
    like... I don't understand why they don't just respond to emails?? it would placate me so much if they would just even say "we're pricing out the repair"? this building is nearly 100 years old I know there's gonna be issues that are a long term complicated fix but at least say something

    I'm referring to governmental institutions.

    yes I'm aware, I'm just venting still. housing authority here is solely for government-maintained housing, I'd have to report it to my city code department and then they still have regulations/extensions for 'good faith' attempts at repair, and since our building is so old they get more time to work on it, and if possible I'd prefer to not HAVE to move because our landlord hates us or something since our landlord could really fuck our lives up if they wanted to

  • BucketmanBucketman Call me SkraggRegistered User regular
    So our AC unit has these options with like a non electric button for like vents. Open, closed, and Fresh AIr. Fresh Air sounds nice, but I can't figure out how this thing works. No manual, and everyplace on the until that would have a model number has been painted over....

  • CelloCello Registered User regular
    .....so my roommate just sent me a Facebook message while I was on my way to the post-PAX airport saying he is moving in with one of his old roommates who is a few blocks away and if I really like the apartment to let him know, because if not he'd like to end the lease. On Tuesday. With a moveout date at the end of October.

    I'm incredibly upset about this. Not only did he not talk to me about ending the lease at all, but he had dodged questions about it when I asked at the start of the month. And he did it by text. And has basically set a date that makes it so if the lady I asked can't move in with me, my options outside of moving back home are pretty limited.

    I spent the five hour plane ride formulating a response with the right amount of disdain.

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  • PsykomaPsykoma Registered User regular
    ummmm, he does know that tenants can't just unilaterally 'end' leases, right?

    the fuck dude

  • PhyphorPhyphor Building Planet Busters Tasting FruitRegistered User regular
    It can depend on the jurisdiction

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  • PsykomaPsykoma Registered User regular
    edited August 2015
    looking up ontario's lease ending regulations, if it's an annual lease the only options are a very understanding landlord, or assigning the lease.
    If it's month to month it still needs 60 days notice.
    Even if it's week to week it needs a month notice.

    E: Unless Cello is saying that he's wanting to give notice of ending the lease on tuesday for a move-out day in october, which would make a lot of sense. And still be a monstrous dick move.
    If that is the case could you talk to your landlord and say something like "hey, we're giving notice today that we're going to be ending the lease, but I really like the space so if it's okay with you I'm going to be spending the next two months to try and find someone to live with me, and if I can I'd like to keep renting here and if not then I'll be moving out" if you've been a good renter (I'm guessing you have), the landlord is probably going to want to keep you on and would agree?

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  • Inquisitor77Inquisitor77 2 x Penny Arcade Fight Club Champion A fixed point in space and timeRegistered User regular
    Most landlords are more than willing to let you continue on if you've been a good tenant, outside of circumstances such as rent control, etc. etc. etc. Really, it's a matter of you setting a move-out date and being willing to have them show the place to prospective renters until you can line someone up and sign a new lease.

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  • CelloCello Registered User regular
    edited August 2015
    Well, he seems to have realized how colossal a dick move it was and decided not to go through with it at least, after the message I sent. Still awfully mad though, he should have realized what a shitty thing it was to do in the first place and I definitely trust him less after the past two weeks. Super not cool.

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  • Metzger MeisterMetzger Meister Registered User regular
    AAAAAHHH HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO GET INTO MY FIRST APARTMENT IF THEY NEED RENTAL HISTORY

    FUCK

    HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO PASS A CREDIT CHECK WHEN I DON'T HAVE ANY CREDIT

    OH GOD

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  • SilverWindSilverWind Registered User regular
    You may need a guarantor.

    Were you in college? Did you stay in the dorms/school housing?

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  • Metzger MeisterMetzger Meister Registered User regular
    I'm gonna be starting college this semester. I've lived at home up to this point. I called the management company and the lady on the phone said that I could just note that on the application.

    ALSO, since I don't have credit I'll have to pay double the deposit. Yaaay. The other problem I have is that I'm still in Wyoming on vacation so I can't really give them a photo id or anything with the application, so I guess I'll have to figure something out...

  • SilverWindSilverWind Registered User regular
    If you're moving near the college (or if it's a college town) then they'll be used to most tenants being in your situation. :P Sucks on the doubled deposit though!

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  • CelloCello Registered User regular
    Gotta have a talk with the roommate tonight about how shitty he's been. And also about future rent prospects.

    But honestly? I'm strongly debating moving back into my parents' place. Thanks to the economy being hell this year I basically have no savings from helping my parents out with the mortgage while my dad wasn't booking any work, and now I don't have much of a moral requirement to be decent to my roommate. This way I'd be able to save a ton per pay to eventually get a studio apartment and be able to like... afford food regularly. That'd be neat.

    We'll see how talking goes tonight, but honestly, I think it's better off in the long run if I gather up a substantial savings. It probably helps that my family is pretty excellent and would be entirely cool with it.

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