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30 January 2006 @ 05:51 pm
The Hobbit Strikes Again  
God, I hate our fucking landlord.

I called this evening to return his call. It's been a few days, so he couldn't even remember what it was he called about. I so shouldn't have bothered.

Instead, he asked what the certified piece of mail I'd sent was about. So, I told him briefly (that we want to know if he's selling the apartment or something, because we one day come home to find all the closet doors open, as though he'd been showing the place)- and that led to a five-minute chewing out. The locks need to be changed, how dare I accuse him of this and that, etc. Seriously, yelling at me over the phone.

I kept my cool and told him that we're not accusing him of anything, but just exploring all possibilities. I had to repeat myself multiple times, as he continually interrupted me before I could get a word out. I also had to tell this alleged "man" several times my age that I was speaking to him in a calm and rational tone, and that he should afford me the same respect in turn. When he continued to simply repeat himself and just get more agitated each time, I told him that it was all in the letter, and he'd made himself clear, and that I was hanging up. And I did.

Damn. Now I know how a liberal talking to Bill O'Reilly feels.

I'm really glad it happened over the phone. My hands were shaking by the end, and I started crying. I'm so glad I didn't let him see that.

I'm not so glad that I might be stuck paying his ass another year for my share of an apartment I don't want to be in anymore. Fucking immature underhanded shithead. As far as being in our apartment illegally goes, methinks he doth protest too much.
Current Mood: crying
Current Music: Blue Man Group - Audio
Ellieellie on January 30th, 2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
Methinks alerting the police to the matter might be in hand. I do recall that things have gone missing and that he blew up way quickly. Nothing wrong to alerting the police to you suspicions.
Miusherimiusheri on January 30th, 2006 11:27 pm (UTC)
I did call the police several months ago, when things first started disappearing. A cop came by and took a statement. Didn't make any accusations at that time, but we noted that there are only a handful of people who could possibly enter the place without force: the three of us, Remy, and the landlord. So, that's on record should we need to refer back to it.

The asshole accused Remy of doing the stealing. Because he has all the reason in the world to do something like that, and I would totally miss seeing my and my roomies' stuff littering his place. =P
Ellieellie on January 30th, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC)
Argh. I would call the police again, and indicate that you snooped around Remy's place and missing stuff's not there. Refer to said asshat landlord blowing up at you. A reasonable and innocent person would say that he would be helping you to find out who's getting into your place and calmly ask who might have a set of keys. The behavoir to this CSI indicates guilt.
Miusherimiusheri on January 30th, 2006 11:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks. =) This is likely to be done, just so we can keep building evidence that this guy's a dipshit and has broken the lease first by entering the apartment illegally and not keeping the place up to code.

My mom and Ray are also landlords, so I'll be showing them a copy of our lease to see if there are any other loopholes we can leverage.
Applesapples491 on January 31st, 2006 01:09 am (UTC)
Keeping the place up to code is a biggie .. you don't need him there to have the city/state inspect it. Give them a call, he may not even be registered as a landlord.
Miusherimiusheri on January 31st, 2006 05:33 pm (UTC)
This is the direction I think we're going to lean toward. Thanks! ^_^
Angeldeathslilsister on January 31st, 2006 12:45 pm (UTC)
Oh! That reminded me... another instance of him entering the place without calling us, just in case we need it-- the grill that was on the back porch is gone. Not sure when it wandered away, but I sure as heck didn't get a phone call about it, and I'm pretty sure gene wasn't savvy enough to take it out through the attic :)
Miusherimiusheri on January 31st, 2006 03:06 pm (UTC)
Ha-ha! Moron. That's a good one- also, I think he admitted once in writing that he entered the apartment without notice. Do you or Cheryl happen to have that letter?

I'm not entirely comfy with the idea of just not paying rent- y'know, 'cause then he can take legal action against us- but we can talk more about that and some other options we may have during coffee tonight.
Angeldeathslilsister on January 30th, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC)
Fuck 'im. At this point, I'm about to say let's get the rest of our shit out, let him keep our security and last month's rent for February and let him take care of finding another renter to steal from.
Miusherimiusheri on January 30th, 2006 11:24 pm (UTC)
^_^ How did things go with the guy you showed the place to yesterday?

Oh yeah... and the asshole claims he's still owed $20 for the returned check.
Angeldeathslilsister on January 30th, 2006 11:27 pm (UTC)
I gave asshat 87.50 in fees, he can bite me for the 20. :)

The guy yesterday seemed to like the place all right, but from what I could gather, it's just going to be him living there and he'll have his daughter visiting sometimes (she's about 3 or 4 and SO freakin' cute my maternal instinct hurts)... aside from him tripping over a hairball in Cheryl's room (that's what I get for not checking after she said she'd swept it out) and showing up before I'd finished mopping the floor, he said it looked like a good place, but it might be too much room for him. Poop.
Miusherimiusheri on January 30th, 2006 11:32 pm (UTC)
=/ Damn. Do we have any other leads? Want me to post any flyers or anything?

And I'll respond to your other comment here- may as well, heh!- wanna grab coffee or dinner tomorrow? My treat =)
Angeldeathslilsister on January 30th, 2006 11:36 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking maybe another post on Craigslist, at least, and a sign in the window couldn't hurt. And whee, more comments :) Coffee sounds awesome, 'cause I usually get back a bit later than most people eat dinner (stupid Red Hook), give me a call tomorrow and we'll figure something out. You can even come play with the hordes of kitties (and help me welcome Litha back from her spay) if you wanna. *G*
Miusheri: Laramiusheri on January 30th, 2006 11:52 pm (UTC)
Coffee it is, then! I'll call when I'm home from work and will just leave my cell phone on (can you imagine? Me with my phone on?! ;D).

And I'd love to see the kitties! You, of course, are welcome to stop by and spoil Sephie and Rochester whenever! They need something more to do than just tapdance on Mommy's keyboard ;)
Applesapples491 on January 31st, 2006 01:12 am (UTC)
You could also just stop paying rent. It could take up to six months for him to get a court order. That would pay for the security and anything he stole without any noticible backlash.
sky: slow kids cartmanibesky on January 31st, 2006 01:16 am (UTC)
I'm with Amy. We're out, don't pay rent, and he can keep his fucking security. Bah. Fucker.

((((((((((((snuggles for Minna cause she delt with evilhobbitness))))))))))))))))))))))

I can repost on craigslist and flyer SUNY, if you want. lemme know.
Miusherimiusheri on January 31st, 2006 03:09 pm (UTC)
Not a bad idea to advertise! Also, Remy has offered to talk to the hobbit on our behalf, and see what he can do to persuade him to drop the lease, based on the legal grounds we have for declaring it void (entering our apartment illegally, hello? ;) )

I think I remember him admitting in a letter that he had entered the apartment without notice. Do you happen to have that letter? He'll be so fucked if we still have it...
skyibesky on January 31st, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC)
I don't have it. If it was anywhere, it was on the blue board that we put all the bills on, cause I'm pretty sure that's the last place I saw it. We have no tangible proof that he was in the apt, but we do have a police report citing a robbery with no signs of forced entry? There were only 6 people with keys at that time: 3 tenants, a Remy, a Kerrin, and the hobbit. Everybody has my guess. Hahaha.

Our other option is to have the place inspected. I know for a fact that it won't pass fire code under the NYS renting laws (no fire alarm in the bedrooms). If we want to do this, and it doesn't pass (which it won't), we get out. Then , if he doesn't give back our security, we threaten to write the AG's office (and we will write the AG's office), and he'll give it back. If he doesn't, well, the AG can take care of that. It worked for Eric when he said we broke our lease and we didn't. I'll see about making some phonecalls wih the tenants rights orgs and seeing what they say we should do.
Miusheri: Laramiusheri on January 31st, 2006 05:32 pm (UTC)
Inspection does sound like a fine idea! Let's find out whom we need to call for that. I'm not teaching tomorrow, so I'll have a lot more time to make such inquiries/phone calls...

Yeah, let's definitely also check with some tenants' rights people too!
pine_island on January 31st, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC)
Get out *now.* Seriously. This guy sounds like a nutter and a half, and frankly with the way he's behaved towards you, I would NOT put it past him to turn dangerous - the fact that he's been in your apartment *several times* WITHOUT notice, swiping your stuff - that to me says it all right there. Besides, I'm sure Remy would be more than happy to have you with him on a more permanent basis. ~_^

*hugs* I hope you'll be all right.
Miusherimiusheri on January 31st, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
Well, nowadays I pretty much am at Remy's on a permanent basis. I go to my apartment primarily to check the mail and do laundry anymore. The other girls have moved all their stuff out, and I'll slowly but surely be working on that too. Unless we get out of the lease, at which point I'll have my stuff outta there pronto! ;)

He is a dick, and I was pretty scared by the end of that call last night. I just kept thinking I was glad I wasn't at my apartment right then. I do not plan to return any more of his calls, or meet with him in person, without someone else present. If that fuckwit has anything more to say to me, he can tell it to my voicemail or pick up a pen and paper (I doubt he knows what an email is).
pine_island on February 1st, 2006 05:20 am (UTC)
I wouldn't even wait until then to be moving stuff, and I also wouldn't go there by myself if I could help it. The less time you have to spend in that apartment, knowing that guy is around *somewhere*, the better off you are. The thing that sets off the most alarms for me is the fact that he entered the place several times without notifying you of intent to do so (correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't most places required to give advance notice if they want to inspect the joint? I've never rented so I wouldn't know), AND stole personal items - those are classic tells of criminal (and potentially dangerous) behavior. I can't remember if you ever mentioned incidents where this has happened to other tenants (particularly female ones) in your building, but it'd be worthwhile to find out.

Trust your instincts - if his call scared you to the point of upset, don't dismiss it. This guy needs an appointment with Dr. Bitchsmack.

Brandonprice on January 31st, 2006 10:09 pm (UTC)
You and Remy are tech-savvy types, no?

Set up webcams that are motion activated. Cheap investment (20$ a pop, I believe), and there's easy grounds for a civil lawsuit of emotional distress due to invasion of privacy. Not to mention the criminal liabilities.
Miusherimiusheri on January 31st, 2006 10:34 pm (UTC)
Yes- we've had this idea, but have been bad about implementing it. ^_^* We did scope out cameras at one point; the ones at Best Buy sucked, though. Will have to scope some more sometime soon. I wouldn't mind having the camera for whatever future apartment we end up in, too. This experience has left a bad taste in my mouth regarding landlords.