House Issues: A RantPosted: July 17, 2012
So while I was originally going to do another post in my journey into debt, instead, I’m going to do a mini rant about my house. As yesterday’s post said, part of my ceiling went down in my kitchen. Thankfully myself, my fiancé and my cat were not hurt as was none of my stuff that was in the kitchen. Or was my stuff hurt?
1) My mop officially kicked the bucket after being used to mop up the nasty, greasy dirt that fell from my ceiling.
2) A bowl was hit with a flying piece of ceiling and now has a crack on its side. Thankfully I can still use this bowl but it upsets me a bit as this was a gift from my future MIL and was her wedding china.
3) My area rug that is under my table is potentially stained. I need to rent a carpet cleaner from Big Lots or Wal-Mart to see if I can save it but first I’m going to use the 409 cleaner I bought and hand scrub it. If not, I’m going to see if I can get my landlords to take the carpet cleaner out of my rent as it was their fault for not fixing the “bubble” sooner.
Thankfully, the stains in other small, machine washable rugs came out and it just took a lot of elbow grease to get the fridge, stove, table, chairs and floor cleaned. Plus the cleaning of the stuff on top of my fridge took some time and a lot of dish soap/baking soda/hot water.
Sadly, this isn’t my only issue with this house. I’ve posted before about the smell that came with the house (finally gone) and tweeted about a faucet issue—which took him a week and a half to come fix and meanwhile. But I’ve had issues besides those. For instance: my back light is not working—we’ve tried a few different bulbs but there is no power to it. He’s okay with not fixing it. We have no gutter and there is a run off point right above my stairs—great fun for winter ice buildup. (And yes we do salt it but it still should probably have a gutter) I have a lake in my front yard when it rains but he won’t let us put in gravel unless we fully pay for it—no deduction from rent. (And while I may have taken my faucet with me if I had to buy a new one, I’m not going to pick up gravel) And we don’t park in the back because the back light doesn’t work. Oh and there a few more cracks in the ceilings that aren’t “important”.
Besides that, I know that he didn’t come out to do maintenance on the air conditioning unit in the spring but told us it “should be fine.” Turns out it wasn’t. I asked the HVAC guy to show me what to do and he wouldn’t-stating that it’s the landlord’s responsibility. This is fine if he would actually do it.
When we first moved here, this was what we could afford. Now, it’s what we can afford until our wedding is out of the way but all these issues are boiling down to me not wanting to be there past my lease end. I’ve got a few things in the works that might help but I’ll let you know more when I have more details. Right now they are very vague maybes.
For all you nice landlords out there, want to buy a house in SE Kansas and let me rent it? I promise I’m actually a good tenant! I don’t bother you unless there is a REAL issue—like the kitchen ceiling falling down.