- Ms. Sloth
- 8 years ago
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
Sorry, I just need to vent for a few minutes.
The boy and I want to buy a house but we aren’t 100% set on staying in Philly forever, and we don’t want to buy a home only to move a year or two later. We were prepared to stay in our rental indefinitely since it’s huge, in a great neighborhood and CHEAP but lately, the building has been falling apart and our landlord isn’t doing anything about it. The roof is leaking, the walls are growing mold and there are mice. GROSS.
So we want to find another apartment, just for a year or two.
Now, I’ve lived in probably 8-10 rentals all my adult life and have never, EVER had such a hard time finding an apartment. I’ve been using Craigslist and a few other sites and so far, everything has been incredibly disappointing.
The first place we looked at was a beautiful apartment, in our price range, brand new. But it was in the GHETTO. It was one of those things were the ad stretched the truth about the neighborhood. We knew the block might be a bit shady, but it was downright terrifying (and I’m pretty fearless about urban living).
The second place looked promising. The ad said that it was a 3-story, 3-bedroom house with a yard. Well, the building was 3 stories and had a yard. But the unit was on the second and third floors of the building. No yard for us. And there was a crazy cat lady on the first floor, and the smell of cat piss literally radiated through the entire building. Plus, the building was pretty much falling apart.
The third place was in the neighborhood we were dying to live in. The photos in the ad showed hardwood floors and new appliances. But when we got to the house, it had an ancient kitchen and grubby wall-to-wall. When I told the landlord that I wanted to see the newer house with the nice floors, he said “Oops, that one is another property that I own, but it’s already been rented. I must have accidentally switched the photos in the ad.” Yeah, right. Accidentally, my ass.
And then, this morning we had another appointment, right before work, to see what looked like a beautiful place around the corner from where we live now. The property manager was supposed to meet us at 8:30 to show us the place before work. Well, she didn’t show up until 9:00, and when she got there, the keys were missing from the lock box. So she couldn’t get into the building and she had no idea where the keys were. So we wasted half an hour and were late for work all for no reason whatsoever.
The lack of honesty and professionalism has me really, really frustrated. I’m at my wit’s end here. Like I said, I’ve lived in so many rentals before and have NEVER had such a hard time.
That’s all. Just needed to get this off of my chest.