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bad practise *
doing it right the first time

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   after the fire last month, our apartment management came through in record time. we lived in the living room (the undamaged half of the apartment) for a week while they renovated the bedrooms, and then moved into the bedrooms while they recarpeted and repainted the whole place.
   the only touble came from the skill level of the people hired to do the work. i would not hire these folks. once they let themselves into the apartment without knocking first. don’t do that again. once they locked the cats outside the room with the litter box. hmmmmmm. that carpet is going to be replaced anyway. another day the drywaller cut through the telephone lines, disconnecting half of our neighbors’ apartments. well, well, well.

   the telephone repair man had to cut this hole on a fine saturday morning to repair the wires cut the tuesday before. i bet you can see the wires in the photo. the drywall repair man didn’t. the following monday, although he was the only person to have repaired the ceiling, the drywaller even told me he could not understand who had cut the wires.
   seemed pretty obvious to me.
   we made certain his re-repair was not on our bill. we didn’t have renter’s insurance the day of the fire (we do now!). our apartment management arranged for all the repairs and sent us the damages: $2001. i figure we have a couple options:
  • resist the payment in any of many different ways, and gain the ill will of the apartment management.
  • pay up.
seems like a no-brainer to me.
   regardless of whether we sue the lamp company for damages and mental anguish (not bloody likely), $2K seems like a trivial opportunity cost.
   consider living in an apartment where the landlord has become your enemy. alternately consider finding a new place to live. either one seems like lots of trouble. right now our maintenance calls are fixed in hours. right now we save more than $2K a year over what this place or another place with the same square feet and benefits would cost to a new tenant.
   besides, the management recarpeted and repainted the non-damaged rooms for free, the entire apartment, giving us the new place look and feel without change-of-address cards.
   time to hire a cleaning woman to keep the place nice for another five years.









* = no, it’s not a typo. the british spelling is an intentional affectation, bloke.








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