- 5 years ago
I should state that I am under a different account for this, because I’m a paranoid freak mostly. I frequent the wedding boards lol. Oh, and that’s a totally fake wedding date.
My Fiance and I are currently renting a place, have been since October. We walked through the place and everything was fine.
After we moved in I immediately noticed the water heater had serious issues. 5-7 minutes for the water to get LUKEWARM, stayed lukewarm for 10 minutes, then went ICE COLD. So we had put in a work order and they came and fixed it. They told me the heating element was just ruined (I feel like they should have checked that out for us? I’m unsure) so they put a new one in. It works better, but the water still gets cold fast. I can live with that. I also had to have them fix both toilets in the house, they were running CONSTANTLY.
When I moved in they said they would do 3 monthly home inspections for the first 3 months, and if we passed all 3 they would do 3 more during the term of our lease (12 months). Well they did 4 initially, and they plan on coming back every two months to do one (making 4 more for the duration of our lease).
In November Fiance got a really really bad cold, which turned to bronchitis, and then developed strep throat. He was sick for 3 months solid. He went to the doctor for the strep. In January I went to the doctor because I was getting these HORRIBLE headaches, they were impairing my vision, and the doctor ran a full board of bloods and tests and I came back fine. They haven’t gotten better, but I have learned to manage them so they aren’t affecting me like they were.
Well earlier I got under my kitchen sink to grab something and noticed a mildew-y smell. So I investigated a little further and peeled back the wall paper. MOLD. It was black and fuzzy, in little splotches. The wooden stud on the wall was rotting. It was behind the wall, barely visible from the outside. It was also all over the insulation. I called and left a message for the doctor asking if the mold could be the reason for my headaches and FI’s horrible bout of illness, and am waiting for a call back. I should mention I am also allergic to mold, which is probably why I have been having sneezing issues since we moved in (I figured dry air).
The mold is behind my wall, behind my cupboard. My maintenance men have been *ok*, the only issues we have had is one time they spontaneously showed up to tell me they would be draining the water heater the next day, and when we reported the second toilet incident they said the would come the following Monday (told them Thursday) at 3:15 PM, and they showed up at 1 PM without anyone home, and also without our knowledge, and sort of fixed it, and they didn’t leave a work order or anything. We found out 4 days later they had let themselves in our house while we were gone 2 hours before their scheduled time by calling the manager to ask about the repair. That really pissed me off.
Obviously I’m going to report the mold problem. I would have to PHYSICALLY leave the house and cover/take all of my belongings while they fixed the mold, and since the mold is active they would have to take the wall down and eradicate it as opposed to cleaning it because of my allergy. If you ask me, this makes my house uninhabitable. Should I attempt to break the lease over it? I don’t love the place, and I would rather not deal with mold clean-up. I feel like the escalation of problems has made me dispise living here. I’m also worried about my pets getting into it or getting sick from it.