Sunday, September 23, 2012

FACING A VERY LARGE CHALLENGE

 
The above is a "letter from hell" that supposidly was received by English authorities by Jack The Ripper. I received almost a doomsday letter in the last month from my landlord of thirteen years. My partner and I had moved into our apartment thirteen years ago after I lived with our present landlord for over two years in his own house. This apartment became available and I happily went to inspect it. Unfortunatly, I found that the weeds on the property were overrun, there was plumbing problems, holes in the plaster and the unit had cockroaches. I reported this back to my slash roommamte/landlord and was told "Take It Or Leave It." Now since I needed an apartment very soon to accomodate my new domestic partner, I took it hoping that my relationship with the landlord would "convince him" that he had certain duties as a landlord. Boy was I wrong. When you're cheap, my friends, your cheap. My dad used to say that "some guys pinch a penny so hard, Lincoln not only screams, he storms off the coin--and you shouldn't piss off a guy like Abraham Lincoln." For seven long years nothing was done by the landlord to remedy the cockroach problem. I also moved into a apartment that was not painted, the rug was shabby, and there were all the above mentioned problems. Fast foward to 2006 and finally some attention was made to the problem, but not on a regular basis and the roaches by that time had simply taken over everything. Their little trail of poop was everywhere: on the walls, on the kitchen cupboards, and in the bathroom.  My partner and I had maid service from 2006-2008 atwhich time I lost my job becoming disabled and had to let te maid go. Fast foward to 2011-2012 and the same landlord must have found a conscience in a vending machine because then he started spraying regularly. Preparing for one of these "events" is tarumatic to be sure for one must empty all kitchen and bathroom cupboards and load them into your living room. In June of 2012, the Dewey Pest Control guys and the landlord decided that they needed "an official scapegoat".  Now they couldn't go after the "Section Eight" tenant, so that left my domestic partner and I and the poor slob in Apartment #3-- who didn't even own a vacuum cleaner. My partner and I had given up hope. We stayed because the rent was rent controled and relatively cheap. The landlord's note on July 23 wanted us to clean up our act and that he would help us by working with us and suppyling cleaning supplies. X nay on the help and supplies and another spraying was scheduled for August 30th. We hired a professional cleaner to the tune of $120.00 on August 28th. He scrubbed the kitchen and bathroom for four hours. The landlord secretly took pictures without our permission and on the Tuesday after Labor Day", we received a three day notice to clean and perform covenants or quit--the letter from hell. Within the the three days on Thursday, we hired another professional cleaning team of two women for $180.00 and  we paid our september rent and in the same enclosure by certified mail with return receipt we informed the landlord that we intended to perform the cleaning within the time limit. The three day notice had specified that the landlord did not intend to evict if we had cleaned. That turned out to be a lie and we received a lawsuit on the following Tuesday evening. The landlord was supposed to install a carbon monoxide filter. That was an agenda item because he returned our rent check and said he wanted us out. He then proceeded to the kitchen where he took dirt out of his pocket, threw it on the floor and took the ironing board (which we never use these days) and other items to make our kitchen look dirty. He then whipped out his camera to take pictures of "the mess' and we immediately challenged him and ordered him to leave the apartment-- it was still ours. By Wednesday, there was a gas smell in my living room and we called the Gas Company. We had a heater that had not operted in four and a half years and had been silently and steadily emitting a leak ever since. Thank God no one was permitted to smoke in our apartment and we didn't light matches. We then called the Health Department who discovered the roaches and all manner of other violations and he wrote the landlord up. Amazingly, the landlord did a 180 and informed us he was going to "fix everything" but was proceeding with the eviction or unlawful detainer. The court filing fee was over two hundred dollars, I myself being spared the same fee because I'm on Social Security. This last month has been an absolute nightmare. The lesson we learned: call the health department and the housing authority way early. Don't delay. Every apartment in California has an implied warranty that it is 100% totally habitable-- free from roaches, black widow spiders, rotting floors etc. Don't let this happen to you. The landlord can not punish you for calling the Health Department.
 

8 comments:

oakleyses said...

louis vuitton outlet online, nike air max, michael kors outlet online, longchamp outlet online, kate spade handbags, jordan shoes, true religion outlet, michael kors outlet online, gucci handbags, nike air max, coach purses, coach outlet, polo ralph lauren outlet, tory burch outlet, true religion, oakley sunglasses, oakley vault, kate spade outlet online, chanel handbags, tiffany jewelry, ray ban outlet, michael kors outlet online, coach outlet, ray ban sunglasses, christian louboutin shoes, prada outlet, longchamp handbags, louis vuitton handbags, prada handbags, nike free, longchamp outlet, tiffany and co jewelry, polo ralph lauren, louis vuitton outlet, christian louboutin outlet, michael kors outlet online, burberry outlet online, louis vuitton, burberry outlet online, coach outlet store online, red bottom shoes, nike shoes, cheap oakley sunglasses, christian louboutin, michael kors outlet, louis vuitton outlet, michael kors outlet store

oakleyses said...

oakley pas cher, ralph lauren pas cher, ray ban pas cher, air jordan, michael kors uk, ray ban uk, new balance pas cher, scarpe hogan, lacoste pas cher, hollister, vans pas cher, converse pas cher, longchamp pas cher, sac louis vuitton, ralph lauren, tn pas cher, michael kors canada, burberry pas cher, nike air force, true religion jeans, nike air max, sac michael kors, barbour, guess pas cher, chaussure louboutin, nike air max, hermes pas cher, longchamp, north face pas cher, hollister, nike roshe run, mulberry, north face, nike roshe, louis vuitton pas cher, true religion outlet, air max, nike blazer pas cher, louis vuitton uk, nike free pas cher, louis vuitton, abercrombie and fitch, timberland, nike free, air max pas cher, sac vanessa bruno, lululemon

oakleyses said...

wedding dresses, instyler ionic styler, mcm handbags, jimmy choo shoes, uggs outlet, uggs on sale, herve leger, canada goose outlet, babyliss pro, ugg, valentino shoes, canada goose outlet, nfl jerseys, soccer jerseys, ugg soldes, beats headphones, nike huarache, reebok shoes, mac cosmetics, p90x workout, vans outlet, marc jacobs outlet, canada goose, chi flat iron, mont blanc pens, insanity workout, lululemon outlet, nike trainers, celine handbags, ghd, birkin bag, asics shoes, longchamp, giuseppe zanotti, roshe run, rolex watches, ugg boots, north face jackets, canada goose outlet, abercrombie and fitch, new balance outlet, soccer shoes, north face outlet, ferragamo shoes, bottega veneta, hollister, ugg outlet

oakleyses said...

moncler, timberland shoes, hollister, louis vuitton canada, toms outlet, juicy couture outlet, louboutin, juicy couture outlet, thomas sabo uk, nike air max, converse, baseball bats, canada goose pas cher, ugg, canada goose, canada goose uk, moncler, supra shoes, ray ban, oakley, pandora jewelry, moncler, replica watches, links of london uk, hollister canada, hollister clothing, iphone 6 case, moncler, pandora charms, canada goose, parajumpers outlet, lancel, gucci, ralph lauren, swarovski uk, montre femme, pandora uk, air max, converse shoes, swarovski jewelry, karen millen, moncler, vans, uggs canada, moncler outlet, coach outlet, wedding dress, moncler

oakleyses said...

christian louboutin outlet, ugg boots, oakley sunglasses, nike roshe, prada handbags, louis vuitton, louis vuitton outlet, oakley sunglasses, ray ban sunglasses, longchamp outlet, nike air max, polo outlet, cheap oakley sunglasses, ray ban sunglasses, ray ban sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet, uggs on sale, tory burch outlet, louis vuitton outlet, gucci handbags, ugg boots, jordan pas cher, longchamp outlet, nike air max, jordan shoes, christian louboutin shoes, christian louboutin uk, michael kors pas cher, longchamp outlet, nike free run, nike free, air max, louis vuitton, kate spade outlet, burberry pas cher, sac longchamp pas cher, tiffany and co, prada outlet, longchamp pas cher, chanel handbags, christian louboutin, polo ralph lauren, polo ralph lauren outlet online, replica watches, nike outlet, oakley sunglasses

oakleyses said...

nike blazer pas cher, abercrombie and fitch uk, timberland pas cher, coach purses, north face, nike air max, true religion jeans, true religion outlet, oakley pas cher, michael kors, michael kors outlet online, kate spade, nike air force, polo lacoste, vans pas cher, michael kors outlet, michael kors outlet online, burberry handbags, true religion outlet, ray ban pas cher, hollister pas cher, sac vanessa bruno, lululemon canada, coach outlet store online, mulberry uk, replica handbags, nike air max uk, burberry outlet, nike air max uk, uggs outlet, true religion outlet, nike free uk, hogan outlet, michael kors outlet online, michael kors outlet, coach outlet, michael kors outlet online, new balance, north face uk, ralph lauren uk, sac hermes, guess pas cher, converse pas cher, hollister uk, michael kors outlet, michael kors, ray ban uk, nike roshe run uk, uggs outlet

oakleyses said...

abercrombie and fitch, mcm handbags, instyler, giuseppe zanotti outlet, p90x workout, iphone cases, jimmy choo outlet, oakley, vans outlet, iphone 6s plus cases, hollister clothing, longchamp uk, ralph lauren, babyliss, nfl jerseys, insanity workout, north face outlet, beats by dre, louboutin, nike huaraches, wedding dresses, timberland boots, mont blanc pens, valentino shoes, new balance shoes, ghd hair, iphone 6s cases, s6 case, nike trainers uk, soccer jerseys, nike air max, celine handbags, ipad cases, ferragamo shoes, reebok outlet, hollister, mac cosmetics, bottega veneta, hermes belt, iphone 6 cases, herve leger, iphone 5s cases, chi flat iron, nike roshe run, north face outlet, lululemon, baseball bats, iphone 6 plus cases

oakleyses said...

karen millen uk, louis vuitton, vans, ugg, pandora jewelry, toms shoes, canada goose outlet, doudoune moncler, swarovski crystal, nike air max, moncler, pandora uk, ugg pas cher, juicy couture outlet, pandora jewelry, lancel, louis vuitton, coach outlet, thomas sabo, links of london, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, wedding dresses, montre pas cher, juicy couture outlet, louis vuitton, hollister, canada goose, louis vuitton, replica watches, canada goose outlet, hollister, moncler, converse outlet, moncler, gucci, barbour, moncler outlet, swarovski, marc jacobs, canada goose, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, converse, moncler outlet, moncler, louis vuitton, canada goose outlet, supra shoes, moncler uk, barbour uk, canada goose, canada goose jackets, canada goose uk, ray ban