Thursday, June 23, 2016

"You'll just have to live with it."

I didn't expect to have this news so early on when I just signed my lease late last year.

I'm going to have to find a new place to live! 

It all started last month when my building shut the heat off for the year. It seemed the airflow change caused a lot of loose dust particles to kick up into the air. So much so, that my throat felt like it was closing up when I tried sleeping at night. 

It was coming from the radiators, so I vacuumed and wiped down its coils. Chunks of dust came out and there was black soot throughout its metal undersides. 

I've always had a hard time breathing in my apartment but just shrugged it off as me living in an old building. 

Some of my houseplants sitting on the radiator covers. 

The radiators are enclosed in a metal box...which is sealed shut. I had no way of cleaning them from the inside where a lot of dust and debris could still be seen remaining. 

I called my landlord and informed her of the situation. Long story short, she said nothing was wrong and that it'd be too expensive to have the radiators cleaned. 

"You'll just have to live with it," she told me. 


Then she said, "You sound really unhappy now. Just let me know because I can rent that unit within a week." 

At that point, I no longer felt comfortable and decided it's best to cut my losses and find someplace else. 

My lease is up in September anyway. 

It's just very disappointing and saddening to have to move so soon. 

A part of me feels like I failed. That I couldn't make my first time living on my own work. 

I'm also afraid I won't find something comparable for the price. I may have to lower my standard of living (not counting the breathing issue) if I want to live in the same area. 

In about two months, I'll have to pack up everything and start again. 

I pray to God come this September, I'm living someplace safe, affordable, and where I can enjoy myself in.


carlnepa said...

The situation is unacceptable. It cannot be healthy to breath that filth. It could be anything, soot, rust etc. I was going to say it is unbelievable that the management doesn't thoroughly clean everything between tenants. Sadly, it very believable because they didn't do it in your building. Too bad because it looks so nice with the bright windows and plants.
This is how it is in life. You get this, you lose that. The gods are very jealous and envious of us. But, you have your university job and a guy who sends you flowers so the positives outweigh the negatives, I'd say. Good luck finding another place. You haven't failed. The building owners/managers failed you. You will find something better. Please let us know how it's going?

naturgesetz said...

Here's hoping you find a better place. But it must be really disappoinnting to think you've found a rally god place to live only to have it turn out to be unsatisfactory.

Dean Grey said...


"You haven't failed. The building owners/managers failed you."

Thank you for that. Yeah, they completely failed me.

With me living in a high-rise, each unit is individually owned. It really is the landlord's responsibility among all else.

And yes, I have very large, sunny windows that overlook the lake. I will miss that the most.



I appreciate that, sir.


Thanks to both of you gentlemen for sharing your thoughts on this!