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11 July 2005 @ 07:17 pm
Rambling  
Remy's stuck teaching night class again for the next two weeks, poor thing. Maybe more if they feel like being assholes. I'm sorry, but is a regular eight-hour workday too much to ask?

Also, our landlord's been a dick lately. Stopping by unnanounced, claiming we leave trash out on the wrong nights and don't clean up after our cats, claiming I never signed a lease (?!), and saying he'll board up the door to the roof if we leave lawn chairs out on it. We also think he's been coming into the apartment when no one's home. For the first few months, no problems, and now this shit. We suspect that maybe, he's found a buyer for the storefront on the first floor, and that the buyer doesn't want tenants on the second floor, so he's fishing for excuses to break the lease.

I'm scared about that. I don't want to leave the apartment. It's really nice, and in a really damn good location (just down the street from Dunkin Donuts, Lark, the Plaza, and of course Remy's place, hello?).

Now, chances are I'm worrying over nothing. I admit I have an unfortunate tendency to do that. Maybe our landlord's just PMSing or something. Or maybe it's male menopause, who the fuck knows?

Our plan for now is to get a cheap webcam and at least figure out if he really is coming to the apartment without anyone around.

Oh yeah, and he's also pinpointed the source of a leak to the first floor: the pipes behind my closet. He'll be by tomorrow to work on it. Fuck. All day tomorrow I get to think about him rifling through my closet and will have to try in vain to dispel many sick and nasty images that are already invading my skull. I'll be kind enough to spare you from them.
 
 
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Aikidoka, dreamer, seeker, general purpose geekmanycolored on July 11th, 2005 11:46 pm (UTC)
It's hard to evict a tenant in NY. As long as you pay the rent in full and on time, you're fine. If the lease contains language that permits the cats and allows you the use of the roof, even better.

Keep copies of everything and a log of when you pay your bills, every conversation with the landlord, etc. The webcam might be a good idea, but your lease probably has a clause that lets him come in uninvited to make repairs or to show the apartment to prospective tenants right before the end of your lease. It may also give you the right to be informed about such visits.

And not cleaning up after your cats? What? Stray fur? I've never seen/smelled anything untoward.
Ellieellie on July 11th, 2005 11:59 pm (UTC)
I completely agree with Sara here. It's increadibly hard to evict in NY, even if you sell the house mid-contract, the buyer must respect the terms of the contract that was signed by a tenant (unless of course otherwise stated). I would think buyers of a rather large building such as the one you live in would know this. Especially in the part of Albany you live in. Every speck of land you can build on has been built on so the only way to go is up. There are placed in Kingston like that too - stores on the ground level, apartments on the above levels.

Minna, I hate to say this, but definately begin to log everything. Paying the bills ought to be easy as I assume you pay with a check. The voided check indicates that the landlord is accepting your rent. If there's someone in the legal dept of NH, ask them to look at the lease. It could be in your name, one of your names, or all of you could be on it. Usually everyone gets put on it as protection - that way one person isn't slammed with a contract if the others decide to walk out on it. If that was not the case, the contract obviously would state how many people can live in the apartment. Especially since the landloard probably assumed more than one person would rent such a place.

I didn't see anything amiss in your apartment. Minna, your room was cleaner than anyone I know. My advice? Have an honest conversation with him. Ask him what you can do to make thing better between you guys. Fish to see if he's trying to kick people out. Be aware of what's on the contract though. That way you can remind him politely of course of things he may have forgotten. If he cites some safety reason for not using the roof, there's little you can do. If he says something about the cats, state no one has complained about any scent but that you'll work hard to keep the place clean (as if it already isn't).

If worse comes to worse, you can always ride the lease out and spend plenty of time looking for another Lark apartment. Craiglist is full of places to live.
though she be but little, she is fierce: girl you can forget about (by underwatergolden_d on July 12th, 2005 12:46 am (UTC)
Aw! That totally sucks. I hope things work out well with that. *hugs*
Ellieellie on July 12th, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC)
And for something completely different!
Barry and I are forming up our league. Are in for playing some Fantasy Football this year?
Miusherimiusheri on July 12th, 2005 09:04 pm (UTC)
Re: And for something completely different!
Hehe! Thanks, but I think I'm gonna pass, Ellie darling. I don't know much about football players, so I think I'd get my ass handed to me. ;)
Ellieellie on July 12th, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC)
Re: And for something completely different!
Alright. We'll miss you.

And I certainly will have to get used to getting beat up by the boys. :)

(Not this year: I have a secret - Payton Manning and Randy "I play Money ball, I catch the ball, you give me money" Ross. Shush.)