When Life Hands You Lemons…

…you’re stuck with them because you already signed the lease for a whole f***ing year’s worth of them.IMG_2243 - Version 2In Ohio, it’s common practice when looking at apartments to be shown a “model” unit. It’s also common for that unit to be in slightly better condition than the one you’ll end up renting, since more often than not the one you’ll be living in is occupied at the moment.

This is the first time in the many, many years I’ve been a renter where the “model” unit and the actual one were NOTHING alike.

I picked up the keys yesterday, was told that the apartment was “absolutely perfect,” then walked in the door to find what I would describe as an absolute shit hole. Every blind in the place is broken, there is extensive water damage on the ceiling, among a litany of other really awful problems.

We were told that they installed a brand new dishwasher:IMG_2219That’s not exactly what I would define as “brand new.”

While many of the problems with the apartment were cosmetic, a lot of them were cause for concern with both safety issues and my husband’s severe allergies. We spent almost 2 hours yesterday with our new apartment management complaining about the condition of what we were told was a “newly renovated, fully updated, beautiful place.” We’re considering legal action, but around here…that’s pretty much a waste of time and money. We even had them come over and look at the place, and they seemed to think that we were being a bit picky about things that we felt were health or fire hazards.

I know that the risk of renting an apartment is that you never really know what you’re going to end up with. However, we decided to rent here because we were under the impression these apartments were nicer than the one we’re in now – especially given them extra $100+/month we’re paying for it. They’re not…not by a long shot.

I apologize right now for my absence on the blog the rest of the week. I’ll be taking the next few days to watch the maintenance guy like a hawk, price out replacing every light switch cover (they were all painted over with a sprayer…classy), and figure out a game plan for how we’re going to deal with the laundry list of things that need to be fixed/changed.

It’s disappointing that instead of being excited to move in and decorate, I’m dealing with whether or not the bathtub was painted over to hide mildew. But that’s the hand we’ve been dealt.

I’ll be back next week with more updates, and hopefully some nicer photos for you. 🙂

 

 

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