Post # 1
This may be a little vent session for me, but we’ve had ALOT of problems with our current apartment complex. Maybe a few Bee’s can help me with some suggestions.
We moved in to a one bedroom apartment in May 2012 and when our lease was getting ready to end in April 2013 we decided to save ourselves the hassle of another security deposit/higher rent and stay in the same complex, but move to a bigger and newly updated 1 bedroom. In the first two weeks of moving in our AC was broken leaving my Siberian Husky to sit in an 85 degree apartment while we were at work all day. According to our apartment complex it was not an issue for them to fix it. Once the AC was fixed, there was a leak which led to my entire linen closet wall being covered in green slime and mold. Also leaving all of my towels and linens moldy, musky and disgusting. Again, this was not an issue with the apartment complex, they told us to “spray it with bleach”. Finally after three weeks of phone calls they had maintenance come into the apartment and tear out the entire moldy wall and it still has not been fixed with new dry wall. The AC pan is still leaking which is going through the drywall into my fiance’s closet leaving the carpet sopping wet and MORE mold inside his closet. Lovely right??
Our dryer just crapped out on us a few days ago, not sure why, probably hasn’t been cleaned in 3 years. All in all, I’m not understanding WHY I still need to obtain my end of the bargain and continue paying them rent?! Are there loop holes with something like this for us to not pay rent until the problem is fixed and apartment is a HEALTHY environment?? Apartment management is just completely uneducated and everytime I make the phone calls or walk in the office they look at me like its MY problem that all of this happened!!!
Alright, end of vent. Fiance obviously is upset and angry about the situation too, but I feel like between planning a wedding, trying to save money and then going through issues with our apartment, this is all a little chaotic and draining!
Any suggestions my fellow apartment Bee’s!?
Post # 3
@FutureMrsK2014: 🙁 I def think you have a case, mold is no joke.
Post # 4
I would definitely complain to the landlord. You shouldn’t have to be paying rent if your apartment sucks so much.
Post # 5
@trixiesrockets: +1. Mold can cause a lot of health concerns. I am a landlord and trust me – I’d be scrambling to fix a mold problem ASAP.
Post # 6
I think it depends on your state as to what you can do about it. I lived in an apt that had a “flood” when in rained heavily and it never dried (one of my living room walls was soaked as well as the carpet around it). The complex came in and attempted to dry the area, but it kept this damp musky smell. This went on for about 3 months. I ended up hiring a lawyer and recieved a refund on my rent from the complex, this was in CA.
Post # 7
Agreed – mold is no joke, it makes you sick, destroys your stuff. You really should not even stay there no matter how much they fix if the apartment has a mold issue.
I also fail to see how in a rental, in an apartment how ALL of that is not their responsibility because it all should be. I’d take a look at your rental agreement.
Post # 8
You’ll have to look up Kentucky laws, but you can probably withhold the rent in an escrow account and refuse to release it until the issues are fixed. Mold is no joking matter, and is a serious issue you should not be living with.
Post # 9
As a scientist who works with fungi, we use 10% bleach and 70% ethanol solutions to sterilize the laboratory. The dilution is important because it allows the mechanism of action to penetrate the entire cell.
As a renter though, there most likely is a law that requires your landlord to maintain a healthy environment. I would check your local laws and perhaps consult with a lawyer. I would get out a moldy apartment ASAP, there are some fungal infections that are so nasty they actually require chemotherapy to get rid of.
Post # 10
I’ve done the most that I can as far as making the apartment management aware of the issue. They have physically walked to my apartment and looked at the mold themselves. They are telling me they will come in and cut out the drywall and replace it. Well, it’s been three months and they haven’t replaced anything in my linen closet, and my fiance’s closet still remains with green mold. I’m not sure cutting out the drywall will fix the issue completely? Call me dumb, but they’re putting a bandaid over a cut thats too deep. With the amount of rent I give them one the FIRST of EVERY month, NEVER LATE, you would think they could have enough money to fix the issue. So exhausting… anyone know a good lawyer in Kentucky??!
Post # 11
I’d double check your lease on maintenance of the property.
Mine says something about how if there is reasonable claim that I did destructive damage (i.e. flushing objects down the toilet, smashing the door with a hammer), I would pay for it. If something dies because it’s old or there’s a natural disaster, landlord pays.
In general, unless the lease says something specific, the landlord is responsible for wear-and-tear damage.
So a lot of this will depend on why the AC is broken.
Since they seem to be pushing this back more and more, I’d lawyer up. They might hope you pay for it yourself and them refuse to reimburse you.
I’d also move at the next available chance.
Post # 12
I would read over your lease and local laws. If you can show them in writing that this type of repair is their responsibility that may speed things up. It would show them that you’re educated on the topic and not going to let it go, they might fix it quickly just to avoid legal issues.
If they still push back it is likely time to contact a lawyer.
ETA: It looks like you’re in Kentucky? Here is a link to the state statutes.
Title XXXII Chapter 383 (Landlord & Tenants) says this “
(b) Make all repairs and do whatever is necessary to put and keep the
premises in a fit and habitable condition;
(d) Maintain in good and safe working order and condition all electrical,
plumbing, sanitary, heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, and other
facilities and appliances, including elevators, supplied or required to be
supplied by him”
Seems pretty clear that they need to get that AC in safe working order, and fix the mold as that is not a safe living condition as noted by PPs.
Post # 13
If they don’t fix it for you and ACTUALLY get rid of the problem, I would call the Better Business Bureau and file a complaint. Also, do you have a local news station? Out in NC, we have something called “5 on your Side” and they investigate stuff like this and put the businesses on the map, for all the wrong reasons. If you have something similar, I would contact them and let them know what you’re going through.
Post # 14
If none of your apartment managers or landlord gets on that SOON (like in the next two days), you might want to go to the health department or something. Mold is not a livable condition, it can make you really sick in a matter of hours. You’re going to need the AC fixed, everything dried out with those giant industrial fans, the carpets cleaned or replaced, and new drywall. I hope they get on it quick, or you may not be able to stay there much longer!