Are you Facebook friends with your landlord?

December 3rd, 2012 · 59 comments

Ryan’s friend M is “…very direct, let’s say.” So when her property management company sent Facebook friend requests to her and her housemates — after ignoring countless communications about various maintenance issues — Ryan knew the results would be “interesting, let’s say.”

no problem! i did it because you're useless and ignore my texts and emails so i thought i would try this. fix our shower! its been broken since we moved in!

related: Well, that’s one way to get your landlord’s attention

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59 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Laina

    Yes! might try that with My landlord!

    Dec 3, 2012 at 12:34 pm   rating: 25  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Poltergeist

      A lot of landlords seem to think that they don’t have to address issues in a timely manner (if at all) because their tenants are supposed be grateful that they even let them live there. Therefore, the tenants should just deal with it.

      Dec 3, 2012 at 1:25 pm   rating: 35  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.2   ninjaduck bang

      Very few people read their rental agreements and knnow their rights as tenants. In some states, a tenant has the right to withhold rent if repairs are not made in a timely manner.

      Dec 4, 2012 at 2:54 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.3   TRT

      Heck. At least the internet’s working…

      Dec 5, 2012 at 3:46 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   Meme

    What I want to know is did they fix it?
    The three likes makes me wonder if other tenants agree that they are useless and have similar issues with them.

    Dec 3, 2012 at 12:35 pm   rating: 49  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   anon

      Haha, that’s my housemate in that screenshot!

      And to answer your question…no, it hasn’t been fixed yet. And that was on November 30!

      Dec 8, 2012 at 6:40 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #3   The Dude

    The name is censored, but is that possibly “Blood Letting Agents”?

    Dec 3, 2012 at 12:41 pm   rating: 38  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Sara

      No, it’s Pinnacle Letting Agents.

      Dec 3, 2012 at 1:15 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.2   julian casablancas

      Did you see that?! That was the joke – flying RIGHT over Sara’s head!

      Dec 12, 2012 at 4:57 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   Poltergeist

    The only way to get my superintendent’s attention would to spell out a message in cigarettes and then lure him over here with promises of alcohol and free flannel shirts.

    Dec 3, 2012 at 1:25 pm   rating: 55  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Blurgas

      You wouldn’t happen to live near Chicago by any chance?
      Cuz that sounds like my landlord…

      Dec 5, 2012 at 9:14 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   Roto13

    I want to see that Facebook post’s comment thread.

    Dec 3, 2012 at 1:25 pm   rating: 33  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   Ely North

    “You’re useless” might be one of the harshest (and funniest) things you can say to someone in a public venue.

    Dec 3, 2012 at 1:32 pm   rating: 27  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   kermit

      What’s harsh about pointing out to somebody that they’re not doing what you’re paying them a lot of money to do? If the rent is not on time, landlords have no problem hunting you down to ask for their money. Be grateful that the only thing the tenant’s doing is calling you out.

      Dec 3, 2012 at 1:37 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.2   Mitte

      Due to the circumstances, I’d say “useless” is pretty f*ckin’ polite.

      Dec 4, 2012 at 4:05 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   Lil'

    This reminds me of my own property management story…I wanted to buy a house but I was stuck in a lease. Before I made any offer, I wrote to the property manager and she assured me by letter that if I left the apartment live-in ready, she would rent it immediately and let me off the hook when she secured a new tenant. She said I had been a great tenant and she was glad to work with me. I proceeded with buying a home, and over a week after my exit walk through, she had still done zero advertising – even though she told me it was in perfect condition, and even though she had my closing date a month in advance. I called her several times and she would either ignore my messages or say that she would get around to it. I sensed she was just stalling because she had changed her mind, so I took out an ad in the paper myself. I was bombarded with calls, which I forwarded all to her. She tried to retaliate by telling the owner that she had no clue that I had moved out, much less that she agreed to let me out of the lease. He called me at my new home wanting to know what was going on. He was very respectful, even though he was clearly angry with me for allegedly skipping out on him. Luckily for me, her hand-signed letter to me was proof. She couldn’t explain to him why she had not advertised, so the owner waived my rent himself and had a tenant in there in a week. Sometimes landlords suck, but luckily in my case, she wasn’t the top dog.

    Dec 3, 2012 at 1:42 pm   rating: 61  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   The Elf

      And that’s why you get things in writing! Good job!

      Dec 3, 2012 at 7:59 pm   rating: 26  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.2   TattyMatty

      Reminds me of my landlord a few years ago. I told her I was moving out of the country on a certain date. She said she only needed a month’s notice, so I said, well this is my month’s notice, because I have a plane ticket and I’m leaving. She said it was fine and I’d lose my security deposit. Fine. Within a few days there was a “For Rent” sign in my yard and I had a note on the door saying she’d shown the house to a prospective tenant while I was at work. The “For Rent” sign disappeared 2 weeks later (I assumed because it had been rented).

      Two days before I was leaving, I called because the A/C had stopped working, and I told the secretary in the office that it wasn’t a big deal, as I was moving out on Saturday. About 10 minutes later, I got a call from the woman enquiring about me moving out. She claimed to have NO clue. She said people tell her they’re moving out all the time and she can’t take them all seriously, because they usually don’t. She said I was responsible for the four remaining months of rent if the property wasn’t let.

      I left the house in pristine condition (I’m OCD, so there wasn’t a speck of dirt in the place) and moved away. I got an angry email two months later about the condition of the house and how a cleaner was hired, which I’d need to pay for. She also said I owed her rent for those months, as a tenant wasn’t secured. I asked a former co-worker to drive by and see if anyone lived there. He did and there were people living there. He looked in the window and said there was furniture in there and two cars in the driveway. When I informed her what I knew, she shut up and I never heard from her again.

      Dec 4, 2012 at 5:46 am   rating: 43  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.3   ninjaduck bang

      How awful! Atleast you don’t have to put up ith that sort of foolishness anymore.

      Dec 4, 2012 at 3:08 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.4   Poltergeist

      So what, she didn’t take you seriously so she put the “For Rent” sign out there just to amuse you?

      People are thieves, plain and simple. Since all tenants are clearly inferior beings of questionable intelligence, she thought you’d be an easy target.

      Dec 5, 2012 at 12:01 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   Tracey

    We used to live in an apartment that kept flooding and soaking the carpet. After one event, when they removed the padding and the carpet began to mildew and they were dragging their feet I threatened to break the lease per the terms about timely maintenance (I forget the exact wording, it’s been eons). Suddenly they showed up with new carpet! It was a miracle!

    Dec 3, 2012 at 1:47 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   Aliquot

      Some friends and I rented from a guy once that was a total scumbag. He was in a rough spot financially and one day a notice of foreclosure from a bank showed up on our doorstep. We called him several times to find out what this meant since we hadn’t heard from him (he didn’t know he was legally obligated in my state to notify tenants of foreclosure). Finally, we cancelled the rent check we had just given him previously (he took weeks to cash them) and told him we refused to pay him further until he contacted us. Guess who called back within hours. We ended up terminating not long after on legal grounds regarding the foreclosure.

      Dec 3, 2012 at 11:54 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.2   ninjaduck bang

      I don’t like to threaten people, but sometimes there is no other choice. Good for you for getting the boihazard in your apartment taken care of.

      Dec 4, 2012 at 3:01 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   John Doe

    lol,
    Awesome facebook comment in the snapshot,
    i might need to try it when i have issues in my home ;)

    Dec 3, 2012 at 2:23 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   lfytvelo

    So now the landlord gets to see all the party pics taken in the apartment. Hmmmm. That’s one “friend” request I’d ignore.

    Dec 3, 2012 at 3:27 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   Kirsty

      No reason why you shouldn’t have parties in the appartment, as long as there’s no damage (or you make it good before you leave)

      Dec 5, 2012 at 8:52 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.2   Seanette

      And as long as the landlord isn’t dealing with complaints from neighbors about noise, your guests making trouble, etc.

      Dec 5, 2012 at 6:26 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #11   Islay

    My husband and I still have several ex-tenants as “friends” on FB. I kept on one – the one that abandoned the unit with half her stuff still inside, the other half in our barn, left the unit a complete disaster, and owed us a month’s rent – for her amusing posts. Five years down the road, though, I’m happy to see that she’s celebrating s later, she’s just finished almost a year and a half of sobriety. Another ex-tenant that wanted out of their lease less than a month into it (we did let them) has applied for work at my place of employment several times. Not going to happen.
    Yes, there are crappy landlords out there, but there are crappy tenants, too.
    Our current tenant is great. He paid his rent on Saturday. We handed back half of it and said, “Merry Christmas”. Feels great. :)

    Dec 3, 2012 at 6:22 pm   rating: 59  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   Tesselara

      Wow–even your comments about the bad tenants seem fair. And the Merry Christmas present?! Awesome.

      Dec 4, 2012 at 5:36 am   rating: 18  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.2   BuckyTooth

      Wow. I want you to be my landlord! I’m a great tenant, but my landlord is cheap and would rather have his property fall apart than fix leaking appliances. I had to threaten to break my lease due to the constant flooding before anything was done. Within the first few days of moving in, I even had the power company at my door saying I owed them $500 and they were shutting off my power. Luckily when I said I was a renter and I had just moved in, they said they’d give it another week. I’m counting down the minutes until my lease ends so I can get the hell out of here.

      Dec 4, 2012 at 5:57 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.3   Poltergeist

      I wanted to apologize if it came off like I was accusing all landlords of being bad. Obviously there are good ones out there.

      Dec 4, 2012 at 12:08 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #12   Ashes

    I appreciate the directness and I approve of this message.
    Facebook (and the internet in general) allows us a public forum to call someone out. Clearly you should attempt to deal with your issue in private first, and it looks like this tenant did. But if you’re getting the cold shoulder after a more-than-reasonable amount of time, hell yeah, call them out.

    Dec 3, 2012 at 6:54 pm   rating: 21  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   The Elf

      I normally don’t think PANs are an appropriate response, but when other reasonable means have been attempted and still nothing…..

      Dec 4, 2012 at 8:06 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   Fabian

    This is actually not passive aggressive but aggressive aggressive. I like!

    Dec 4, 2012 at 8:42 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   kandijay

    My landlord was a retired man who lived an hour away. One morning as I was heading out to work, the plexiglass window on the storm door fell out. I duct-taped it back in and called him on my lunch break. He told me he’d have someone there to fix it before I got home. Two years later I got sick of looking at the duct tape and fixed it with silicon caulk. I also fixed the leaking tub (which he told me was because we were showering too long), the air conditioning unit that had a wasp’s next in it (“Just replace the filter!”) and a broken light fixture in the kitchen. When I moved, he whined that I was his best tenant and it should have been in my lease that I find someone to replace me when I moved. Right, like I’d wish that on anyone.

    My favorite part was the day I moved out, he had the back door replaced because of the window, which had been broken for four years by that point.

    Dec 4, 2012 at 1:22 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   Poltergeist

      I love the solutions they come up with just so they never have to lift a finger.

      “There’s a draft? Don’t sit so close to the window.”
      “Broken burner on the stove? You’ve got three more.”
      “Fuses constantly blowing in the 100 degree heat? Don’t use your air conditioner so much.”
      “Wasps nest outside? Don’t aggravate them.”
      “Shower doesn’t work? All you have to do is turn the cold faucet 3 turns to the left, the hot faucet 2/5 of a turn to the right, jiggle the shower faucet a dozen times, and never shower for more than 3 minutes.”

      Dec 5, 2012 at 12:15 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.2   Solange

      Wow. I’m a landlord ( have a property management company handle everything) and I’d never want my property to get to the point where tenants are complaining about things like that.

      It is my home that I had to leave to move away after being transferred by work and not a rental property, but I’d still never expect anyone to live in such awful conditions.

      Any time I get a call from the property mgmt company, I tell them I’ll pay to fix it. Of course, I’m not a slumlord whose only income comes from the property.

      Dec 5, 2012 at 6:09 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.3   Geek Goddess

      The best I heard was from a local landlord who is notorious around here for being scum. “I don’t need to fix the furnaces because the tenants can’t afford heat anyways”. After the fire department and the building department declared that turning all the elements on in the stove and oven for heat was a hazard.

      Dec 5, 2012 at 6:43 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.4   Poltergeist

      I would have punched him.

      Dec 6, 2012 at 1:13 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.5   Marcus

      I know someone who destroyed the range on their stove by turning on all the burners on high, but they didn’t think to open the oven door with the oven on. They aren’t very smart, and they are horrific tenants. Because the patriarch is “disabled” [no he's not] he monopolizes the wife and children’s time and steals all their monies. When he finally went to jail, all the stupid bad shit they had gone through as tenants STOPPED. It was amazing.

      Dec 17, 2012 at 9:13 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #15   ninjaduck bang

    Why do some landlords take so long to fix issues with tennants? Are they too busy living the lavish life of a celebrity or are the REALLY that lazy? Is a respose so much to ask?

    Dec 4, 2012 at 2:57 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   redheadwglasses

      My landlord is a nurse and he’s in grad school for an advance degree. His wife teaches post-secondary six days a week. I started renting in November and he’s still working on my unit (and I can’t move things to where I want, because he needs access to certain areas). It’s a 100+ year old four-plex with claw-foot tubs, hardwood floors, etc. He’s having trouble finding the right plumbing parts to fix my tub/shower but he jerryrigged it to get by until he can find a certain part. He installed a new kitchen for me (floors, cabinets, sink, counter, faucet, appliances). He painted every room to my specification (no white walls!).

      So considering I’m paying all of $800 for a 1,000+ sq foot two-bedroom unit (with a new kitchen and a claw foot tub!) in a building where I have only three neighbors (all professionals over 30, so the partying is at a minimum), I’m going to cut him slack that he hasn’t finished painting the trim in the kitchen, and I doubt he’ll get to the broken window in my library anytime soon.

      He and his wife have sunk so much money into this ancient building, and he ignores the pot smoke when he comes over unexpected on a Saturday afternoon to install new shelving in my walk-in food pantry, that I will be the most forgiving, patient tenant ever, and pick my battles.

      Dec 4, 2012 at 3:36 pm   rating: 21  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.2   BuckyTooth

      Lol… I like the “he ignores the pot smoke” part. I have to constantly make sure my landlord isn’t coming by to fix something, because he’s always showing up randomly mid-session. I’ve had to pretend I’m not home at times.

      Dec 5, 2012 at 6:12 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #16   Tanya

    I’m actually friends with two tenants in my building on Facebook. I was friends with them while I was the manager and I’m friends with them now as the assistant/backup manager. I think it’s great to connect to tenants in this way, it creates a more open relationship where both parties are seen as human beings, instead of annoyances and automatons. Of course, this only works if your manager is live-in (stop renting from property management firms, they suck compared to live-ins).

    As for why it sometimes takes so long to get things done:
    1. The company called in to repair keeps rebooking, but the building owner is away and other companies want her pre-authorization before coming in.
    2. The building owner is stalling. Remember, in most cases your manager is actually just the messenger boy.
    3. You’re frequently late paying your rent, have loud parties, have a messy place, and/or the building manager wants to get rid of you.
    4. The manager has just returned from a few days off due to the flu and now has to catch up on three days of work plus tackle the current day. It’s not like we’re sitting around doing nothing all day, we do actually Do Things and there’s more people in an apartment building than just yourself.
    5. You rented from a property management firm, dumbass.

    And as somebody previously mentioned, it’s not just crappy landlords, there’s also crappy tenants. If you act like a crappy tenant, expect a crappy landlord in return. And stop asking for a new paint job when you’ve only been living there for three years or smoke like a chimney – not happening.

    Dec 4, 2012 at 6:06 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   Therita

      Wait you can actually ask for a new paint job?

      The place were we live has like 7 shades of white in every room where previous tenants have ‘touched up’ damage.

      So much damage (10k of termite damage, which means GIANT GAPING HOLES that we were told would be fixed more then 2 years ago)

      and 1001 other issues – oh and we pay $1560 / month (this is in Australia on the Gold Coast, that’s almost considered cheap rent here unfortunately – though for like $250-$400 more a month we could be in a big 4 bedroom house -.-)

      I think I just convinced myself to move… *sigh*

      Dec 4, 2012 at 10:08 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.2   Poltergeist

      Yes, there are crappy tenants, but I’m not one of them. The landlord’s personal issues are not my concern. I pay a lot of money every month to live in my apartment and repairs need to be made in a timely manner. I don’t give a shit if you’ve just had the flu or if there are 200 other tenants – I still need my refrigerator and shower working and I need my broken window fixed (broken not because of me, but because they’re 100 years old) because there’s a storm coming.

      You have major responsibilities as a landlord. If you can’t handle the heat, get out of the kitchen.

      Dec 5, 2012 at 12:34 am   rating: 25  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.3   BuckyTooth

      Agreed, Poltergeist!

      Dec 5, 2012 at 6:13 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.4   The Elf

      We had a problem with our HOA, that they weren’t trimming the trees on the community property next to our house. I normally wouldn’t care – I dislike perfectly manicured landscaping – but the trees had grown to the point of touching our house. So when the wind blew, the branches scraped back and forth, damaging the siding.

      I’d just trim them myself, except I didn’t have the right tools. We were able to fix the siding ourselves, and at our expense, but saw no point until the problem that caused it was resolved. So we called, and called, and called, and wrote emails, and sent letters, and called. We were promised they’d get the tree trimmers out there “soon”.

      Meanwhile, we pay our HOA fees in full and on time, unlike, at least half the neighborhood. Lots of Section 8 in that neighborhood. We only use our designated two parking spaces, unlike the rental houses in the neighborhood. In other words, we were trouble-free owners and had exactly one issue in the decade we were living there, and they still couldn’t get off their asses to address it. Finally, I told them that if it wasn’t fixed by X date, we were going to hire our own and send them the bill. It was done the next day.

      And that’s reason #239 that I don’t live in a neighborhood with an HOA now and why I don’t rent. If something happens on my property, it’s up to me – both positive and negative.

      Dec 5, 2012 at 8:27 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.5   redheadwglasses

      “5. You rented from a property management firm, dumbass.”

      WRONG. If there is a COMPANY in charge of managing the property, there is zero excuse why things aren’t fixed in a timely manner. I cut way more slack to individual landlords than I do to a company.

      The only property managemetn company I ever rented from was run by assholes who I’d punch in the face for ripping me of when I moved out and stole my deposit. I couldn’t easily take them to court because I’d moved to another state.

      Grrrr.

      Dec 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.6   Tanya

      Actually, simply by way of being a property management company, you can expect less than you get from a live-in. A property management company is typically instructed to ignore problems for as long as possible and to accumulate as many of the same jobs as possible to reduce any call-out and labour costs. A live-in, on the other hand, has to live with these people and putting up with an angry tenant isn’t their idea of a good time, so they do things quicker.

      And for Poltergeist, I do agree with you. I’m not talking about necessities with that line, I’m talking about people who broke their closet door. Your idea of “necessity” is sound, most tenants’ ideas surrounding what constitutes a necessity or an emergency are not. If I have the flu, I’m not getting out of bed for a broken closet; a broken fridge, on the other hand, is actually an issue and something worth picking up the phone for.

      Dec 6, 2012 at 9:01 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.7   Mawwd

      Wait Tanya, let me get this straight. Now, I’ve had the flu before and I can agree that it sucks. However, it’s just way too much effort for you, while ALREADY on the phone with someone, to say “here’s the name and number of the contractor I call for that stuff, explain to him/her the problem and he/she will get on it”? I mean, as a landlord, you should already have all these names and numbers worked out and on a list for yourself. When I moved in to places they always gave me the list of who to call on day one, actually. It was my responsibility. I’d just call my landlord and say “hey, I need this fixed so I’ll be calling your electrician okay?” and everything was hunky-dory. I’m not sure how giving someone a phone number is EXCESSIVELY difficult, even while sick. It really doesn’t matter if it’s “super important” or not. Starting down the path of “oh well you don’t REALLY need that door fixed” is the path of the slum lord. Don’t be lazy. I get that you’re sick but answering the phone for 30 seconds and getting up for one slip of paper is not going to kill you. If it would, you should be in the hospital.

      Dec 6, 2012 at 11:42 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.8   Tanya

      As a live-in manager you fix some things yourself, and have companies fix some other things. Prior to having any person come in to do work for you, you need to first confirm that there is actually an issue. Otherwise you have tenants calling in situations such as these:

      - the plumber for a hotwater heater not functioning, when the problem is actually that they’ve blocked off the heater vent with furniture and stuffed animals (yes, really).
      - the refrigerator repairman when it’s actually that the electrical outlet broke.
      - the window repair company when they’ve busted the handle on their patio door (the manager actually fixes that here).

      Your managers are clearly more trusting than most. Most apartment managers can tell you wild stories of things breaking and tenants freaking out thinking it’s something Super Awful when it’s something easy and fixable in minutes by the manager. You have elderly tenants who don’t know what to do if the power stops working in one room, even if you show them when they first move in (reset the breaker). You have a tenant with a mental illness who tells you their tap is dripping but which nobody, not even the plumber, can replicate. You have tenants who get vindictive when you warn them that they’ll be evicted if they have yet another explosive party on Friday, and the first thing they do in response is complain about things being wrong (or other tenants doing something wrong) that actually aren’t.

      When sick, I responded to non-emergent situations, on the phone, with “I will come have a look on Friday, if anything else happens please call me back”. And tenants were okay with this, because they know exactly when I intend to come have a look, that they’re not being ignored, why the delay is happening, and that experience shows them I’m typically good about getting all issues, emergent or not, fixed fast.

      Your managers are very trusting, and obviously haven’t run into enough problems with their system yet to switch it. However, that is not the experience of all managers. It would be lovely and make our lives so much easier if we could just hand them the phone numbers and the account names for the companies we work with, but not all tenants can be trusted to make sound decisions when a repair needs to be made.

      Dec 6, 2012 at 1:59 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.9   Poltergeist

      You’re right, “in a timely manner” means different things for different projects. A broken closet door is not a #1 priority; however, many landlords seem to think that “not a priority” means “I don’t ever have to fix it.” Over a few years, this adds up to a disgusting apartment with peeling paint, leaking faucets, runny toilets, drafty windows, and broken light fixtures/floor boards/doors/etc.

      I requested to have my ceiling touched up after the roof leaked and left a large stain and peeling paint. As a reasonable person, I didn’t expect it to get done for a long time. Fast-forward 5 years and I’ve lost my patience.

      Dec 7, 2012 at 1:06 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.10   Tanya

      Well in that case, you’ll be happy to know that I at least was, and during back ups am, a “within a week” sort of manager with the smaller things, and a no more than 24 (pending the delivery of a new oven which, you guessed it, takes about a 24hrs) for emergencies. When I’m talking about having the flu, which is a rare occasion, I’m talking about delaying low-priority issues for a week, not a month or a year, and actual emergencies don’t get delayed.

      Your manager is truly crappy, and I’m sorry that you’ve had to experience what you have. I hope you can find yourself a better place, and a much better manager, soon. That said, where I live there are also laws in place regarding how long a manager can take to repair some things before the tenant can call a company in themselves, so perhaps see what your local tenancy laws are to see if you’re allowed to call in a company and deduct the cost from your rent. I’m not sure if it applies to discoloured/peeling ceilings, but at least where I am it would certainly apply to many of the other examples you’ve given between your two comments.

      Dec 7, 2012 at 9:31 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   raichu

    The “you’re useless” was way over the top. Other than that, team “note”-writer. Landlord should be doing what they’re paid to do.

    Dec 5, 2012 at 11:37 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   redheadwglasses

      You think it’s “way over the top”? What do you think of landlords who don’t repair necessary functions in the home, like SHOWERS?

      It was completely appropriate and fitting.

      The point of the whole post was that the LL doesn’t bother doing its job, but is willing to waste time trying to look friendly on a social media site.

      Dec 6, 2012 at 11:41 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #18   Danii

    I wish my old landlord had a facebook page, because I would have loved to call him out publicly– The main reason being that he knew the heat was out in the entire building last winter and never bothered to fix it. I ended up pretty much living in my bed with the space heater next to it. Thankfully, my lease was up in January anyway.

    Dec 5, 2012 at 10:28 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

     
  • #19   Kate

    I love this. My current landlord and real estate agent are pretty good, but my last apartment – not so much. During a storm in my old place, the pipes bust and everyone on the top three floors ended up with flooded apartments. Most of the others got their carpets cleaned ASAP, but my landlord and body corporate decided to dispute whose responsibility it was for six months, during which time I lived in an apartment with wet, smelly carpets (the place only had one window so it was hard to air out). Then when I moved out they tried to dock my bond for damaged carpets!

    Dec 9, 2012 at 6:15 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #20   Amanda

    This is hilarious. I used to have a landlord that used to ignore my texts when something was broken and neded fixing. I guess I should have tried this.

    Dec 9, 2012 at 9:13 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     

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