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So now my landlady would rather evict me than dicker over how much to reduce my rent for September for her incompetence in leaving the place a half-finished construction site for a month. And I'm faced with two questions:

1.) Which battles do I want to fight and which do I want to give up on simply to keep life easier, and

2.) How much of these problems are caused by my not being enough of a hard-ass in the first place, and thus creating the impression I'm an easy target to push around? Rephrased, how would I go about being and presenting myself so that in a situation like this the landlady's reaction would be "Hmm. Don't want to get *HIM* angry."

The other option is that having her lawyer send a nasty letter *is* her idea of negotiating. And mine is on vacation, so I'm going to have to wait a while to get a legal opinion. I'll officially put off doing anything about this 'til I'm back and stable on Wednesday, but I think to preserve my own rights I have to respond to her letter by then, pointing out that it's illegal and invalid.

Being reasonably productive today, at least. And ready to do my weekend thing starting 8pm tonight, and apparently running through noon on Monday, which means I can't do the volunteer orientation at Eden 'til next month, but they do run one every month. Nuisance rather than catastrophe.

I've got exactly half an hour before I go get Gabe. Wonder what good I can do in that time?


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sorry to hear you're struggling with that crap. most of the time i think i take my living arrangements for granted. another reminder that we should appreciate peaceful times when they are here. good with the bad, you know?

This has been totally ongoing with you...

I personally have never heard of such an unreasonable landlady. OK, I have, but they were all on the People's Court or some other such show. I have never had such issues, and I know of no one else would would have put up with such this long. They would have been trying to find anywhere else to live within a week.

Re: This has been totally ongoing with you...

I have kids, and an ongoing custody issue, so moving isn't as trivial as it might otherwise be. I *do* plan on moving at the end of the school year, though.

best,

Joel

Re: This has been totally ongoing with you...

I don't think its going to be a choice you can make with her attitude. I think she wants you out of there. I know moving would not be trivial, but she holds all the cards and can just say 'thats it, move.'

*Hugs* I feel for you there, I had to move once on very short notice as well.

Re: This has been totally ongoing with you...

I know moving would not be trivial, but she holds all the cards and can just say 'thats it, move.'

Wrong; I have a lease. She *thinks* she took care of that by stealing it, when she was in here with the workman getting the wall replaced, but I'd already faxed it to my Dad for his signature as co-signer, and faxed copies are legal.

I suspect where this will end is where my lawyer sends a copy of the lease to her lawyer, and quotes the relevant section of law to him.

If I didn't reflexively do contingency planning, maybe I wouldn't worry about such things so much, but working through what it would take to find a place and move RIGHT NOW is a major pain in the ass.

best,

Joel

Re: This has been totally ongoing with you...

I've not ever heard of a landlady stealing a lease before you. Such a mindset does not bode well for your being able to deal with her on a rational level. Will come as quite a surprise when she finds out no....she's not off the hook!

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