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2013-08-20 04:57:51 PM
What's the worst that can happen when you don't have enough inspectors in order to do their gotdamt jobs?

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2013-08-20 04:57:56 PM
unimpressed
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2013-08-20 04:58:04 PM
Burn them!  Burn them all!
No residents in them, but then burn them!
 
2013-08-20 05:01:05 PM
Ahh... Indiana. The deep south of the north.
 
2013-08-20 05:03:58 PM
The apt. building I live and the other brick one is supposed to be condemned some time or another. Good,good I called the building inspector and notified the state.
/SE Ky sucks and you're at the mercy of slumlords.
 
2013-08-20 05:05:36 PM
Sounds like a one stop shopping kind of place  drugs, hookers, guns.
 
2013-08-20 05:06:24 PM
Jerzy Balowski unavailable for comment.
 
2013-08-20 05:14:02 PM
When I first moved to Phoenix, the swimming pool in the apartment complex was closed by the board of public health 5 times that summer.  As an encore, the druggie neighbors set fire to the apartment above me and flooded my whole apartment... And right after I moved, there was a shoot-out between the police and an upstairs neighbor.  My point is, no human should EVER have to live in an apartment.            EVER

CSS
 
2013-08-20 05:25:53 PM
the windows is fixed....they mopped the floors....its a nice place to stay
 
2013-08-20 05:27:38 PM

Spoon over Marin: Jerzy Balowski unavailable for comment.


Aw, some sod broke your chair!  That's another 20 pounds you owe me!
 
2013-08-20 05:28:30 PM
FTFA:

Monica Garza, 19, who lives in a four-bedroom apartment with her family and boyfriend, said she hasn't heard a lot of police sirens in the area or witnessed any crime.But, she added, she wasn't that concerned if there were a lot of incidents.

"It's a big city," she said. "Crimes happen everywhere you go."


That's really a great attitude to take towards a scourge on society, sweetie.
 
2013-08-20 05:32:05 PM

Marine1: That's really a great attitude to take towards a scourge on society


If that's all you know since you were little and have no other view or perspective on life how can her answer be any different?

What you call a scourge is normal life for her
 
2013-08-20 05:33:12 PM

ltdanman44: Marine1: That's really a great attitude to take towards a scourge on society

If that's all you know since you were little and have no other view or perspective on life how can her answer be any different?

What you call a scourge is normal life for her


No, that's what everyone calls a scourge. We've even made laws to punish people for it.
 
2013-08-20 05:36:27 PM
Nice to see some of my old landlords have expanded their operations to include Indianapolis.

Right now, I'm blessed with a great property manager. If you call because something is broken, there is somebody there THAT SAME DAY to fix it. If it is something minor that you can fix yourself, no permission needed...fix it, give her receipts, she'll cut you a check right there. The house we were renting was old and drafty (mostly due to age and construction, not neglect) and we were looking to upgrade this year. No problem...she showed us a nice newer house (2006 construction) that fit perfectly, transferred the deposit from the old place and gave us a couple of weeks to move our stuff from one place to the other, basically giving us 2 weeks free rent at the new house. The woman is a saint.
Of course, we are never late with the rent, so that might be part of why she's really good to us.

Anyway, if you can find a decent landlord out there, stick with them, because a lot of the others outright SUCK at their job.
 
2013-08-20 05:44:23 PM
Section 8 housing.  Nuff said.
 
2013-08-20 05:51:51 PM

Marine1: ltdanman44: Marine1: That's really a great attitude to take towards a scourge on society

If that's all you know since you were little and have no other view or perspective on life how can her answer be any different?

What you call a scourge is normal life for her

No, that's what everyone calls a scourge. We've even made laws to punish people for it.


I kind of agree with Marine1 regarding the attitude of the residents (scourge on society might be pushing it a bit). If the residents don't give a shiat, don't report anything, could care less that the alarms don't work, there are no fire extinguishers, the doors are broken and can't be locked... if they're happy to live in squalor and biatch about the city enforcing the law against the slum lords (because that's what these companies are: slum lords), then nothing the city does is going to make a difference. If these people do not care enough to make improvements to the area themselves--to keep the apartments habitable (not break shiat and destroy shiat), to keep an eye out for themselves and each other... then the city suing and the apartment owners changing isn't going to do a damn thing in the long run. The residents are at least half of the problem.
 
2013-08-20 05:53:59 PM

purplegiraffe: When I first moved to Phoenix, the swimming pool in the apartment complex was closed by the board of public health 5 times that summer.  As an encore, the druggie neighbors set fire to the apartment above me and flooded my whole apartment... And right after I moved, there was a shoot-out between the police and an upstairs neighbor.  My point is, no human should EVER have to live in an apartment.            EVER

CSS


The apartment complex I live in is clean, has central air, a really nice workout room, a hot tub, a pool, a dry sauna, a basketball court, a volleyball net, and includes membership in a golf club if I so choose. It's quiet and safe, too. I barely ever hear my upstairs neighbors. My rent is reasonable and includes all the above, plus heat, water, and garbage pick-up. My hot water is always hot (sometimes too hot) and my neighbors are nice. I have never seen the cops here; not because they don't want to come here, but because there's no need. Repairs (if ever needed) are handled within 24 hours (and usually by the end of the day on which you called.)

I used to live in a place that was built next to an inland lake. It was also nice, clean, and included heat and water. The lake was clean and suitable for swimming or fishing. The only negative there were the geese who crapped all over the lakeshore.

And then I've lived in crapholes where the cops were there every other day because of some disturbance or another. In these places, my gangsta upstairs neighbors would blast loud music all day and all night and invite their junkie friends to hang out in the hallways. They'd dump hot grease over the balcony into my yard after cooking. The Turks who dominated the place would shoot off fireworks in the parking lot, not 10' from the buildings. One night, a previous upstairs neighbor (a 20-year-old psychotic lesbian junkie) had to be dragged screaming out of the apartment by four police officers after she had a fit and threatened everyone. She continued screaming her lungs out in the police car, kicking the doors and windows the whole time, until the cops left about 20 minutes later. We never saw her again.

The point is that there ARE really nice apartment communities out there, and there are slums and pits from hell where you wouldn't want to raise a family or live if you aren't a really terrible person yourself. General rule: Any place where they have Section 8 housing is probably going to be a high crime, loud, obnoxious neighborhood. I wish I didn't have to generalize like that, but in my experience you can't have the good poor people without having the awful ones around, too.

And of course, if you choose to live in the city instead in the more suburban or rural areas, then you will probably have a crappy landlord and jerkwad neighbors unless you are willing to pay through the nose.
 
2013-08-20 05:55:49 PM

groppet: Sounds like a one stop shopping kind of place  drugs, hookers, guns.


I used to live at the end of a row of townhouses that had prostitutes & drug dealers.  Across the street was a meth lab.

Never had a single problem with the people in the townhouses.  Regular folk all just trying to get by in whatever way they can.  The kids from the various townhouses were always polite.  They seemed to be taken care of and looked after.

Now the meth house across the street?  Crazy farkers.  Everyone, including the kids, were filthy and scrawny.  Random arguments and fights would break out.  Occasionally one of them would take to screaming obscenities in the streets at 4 am until someone from her house would drag her back inside.

/don't live near meth users
//most other people are fine
 
2013-08-20 05:55:57 PM
just got this e-mail today from my compartment complex today (honest injun)

IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ CAREFULLY


To all residents of this concentration camp you are forced to live in:

We were informed this morning that there were some break-ins in the townhouse community behind said concentration camp. This letter is a reminder to always be aware of your surroundings in and around the community.

We emphasize that, among other things, it is good practice to:

1.Know your neighbors;

2.Lock your apartment door at all times (both when you are inside your apartment and whenever you leave your apartment);

3.Keep windows or screens securely latched at all times;

4.Keep the pin lock engaged on your sliding glass door;

5.If you choose to walk around the community after dark, try to walk with at least one other person;

6.You may consider contacting an insurance agent in order to maintain insurance coverage for your own person and your personal belongings.

7.Always make sure the doors of your vehicles are locked and no valuables are left in sight (GPS, radar detectors, laptops, purses, etc).

If you suspect a crime has occurred or is occurring, you need to contact the police (or the 911 emergency services) immediately.Failure to do so could result in crucial delays.After first notifying the local law enforcement authorities, you should then contact the apartment answering service, management, and other appropriate personnel.

We work hard daily to ensure that everyone loves living here, however, we cannot make any guarantees to your personal safety or security.It's important that you are aware of your surroundings at all times and take all proper actions to help keep crime to a minimum in our community.


Sincerely your sh*tty management.

/I changed the name of the complex because I don't want none of you farkers farking with my sh*t.
 
2013-08-20 06:07:59 PM
I guess I shouldn't complain about water damage, black mold, kidnapping and plane crash in my complex.
 
2013-08-20 07:24:14 PM

A Terrible Human: The apt. building I live and the other brick one is supposed to be condemned some time or another. Good,good I called the building inspector and notified the state.
/SE Ky sucks and you're at the mercy of slumlords.


To be fair, that's true in most of Kentucky

/Kentuckian
//extremely lucky to have a good landlord at the apartment I used to live in
 
2013-08-20 07:35:04 PM
I worked for Scott's lawn care and we were hired by La Esmerelda to aerate their grass.  Well, some of it.  They were too cheap to pay for all of it.  All the buildings were run down, the trees and other bushes were overgrown. (Granted, there were like, 2 bushes. Horrible overgrown things) I really don't see how those massive 15, 20 foot tall trees could NOT work their way into a buildings foundation.

ON top of that, my partner and i had stopped at a gas station, and the clerk was behind bulletproof glass.  But the security door was TAKEN OFF THE HINGES, and lay on its side.
 
2013-08-20 08:39:56 PM
bigbobowski

To all residents of this concentration camp you are forced to live in:

We were informed this morning that there were some break-ins in the townhouse community behind said concentration camp. This letter is a reminder to always be aware of your surroundings in and around the community.

We emphasize that, among other things, it is good practice to:

1.Know your neighbors;

2.Lock your apartment door at all times (both when you are inside your apartment and whenever you leave your apartment);

3.Keep windows or screens securely latched at all times;

4.Keep the pin lock engaged on your sliding glass door;

5.If you choose to walk around the community after dark, try to walk with at least one other person;

6.You may consider contacting an insurance agent in order to maintain insurance coverage for your own person and your personal belongings.

7.Always make sure the doors of your vehicles are locked and no valuables are left in sight (GPS, radar detectors, laptops, purses, etc).

If you suspect a crime has occurred or is occurring, you need to contact the police (or the 911 emergency services) immediately.Failure to do so could result in crucial delays.After first notifying the local law enforcement authorities, you should then contact the apartment answering service, management, and other appropriate personnel.

We work hard daily to ensure that everyone loves living here, however, we cannot make any guarantees to your personal safety or security.It's important that you are aware of your surroundings at all times and take all proper actions to help keep crime to a minimum in our community.


As my SO works for an apartment complex and is on call every other week, I laughed a little bit.  Yeah, don't call the "emergency" number if your neighbors are playing their music too loud, call the non-emergency number of your local PD. Don't call if your drunk ass locked you out of your apartment, call a locksmith, etc, etc.  Heavens to bedsheets, I could go on and on and on, but it quite frankly sounds like you live in an apartment complex termed a "Beiruit" and management needs to get their poo in a pile.  I loved your post, thought it was funny.  Glad I'm not a renter anymore, but still live in da 'hood.  We like it here and we can cut/water our own lawn and call the cops when/if necessary.  And who wants to know their neighbors if they're jerks to begin with?  Bad advice from your office, I think.  They left off the most important step, step 8-acquire a gun, learn how to use it , license it legally with proper training, permits, etc, and keep it in an easily accessible location in case of home invasion that threatens life or limb of the tenant(s).
 
2013-08-20 10:24:24 PM
Pics in TFA look like the outside of a typical apartment in Moscow, circa 1993-1995, when I lived there.  Can't believe it's been 20 years.  Damn.
 
2013-08-21 12:15:08 AM
Sound like the judge who hears the lawsuit should require the asshat(s) who own the complex to live in one of the apartments and required to stay on the property until everything is brought up to code, cleaned up and the trash evicted.
 
2013-08-21 10:10:39 AM
"The landlord can't babysit the apartments if their tenants are causing a fire," he said.  "To simply say, '(Cops are) here too much,' that's what we pay taxes for."

Those are section 8 apartments. The tenants aren't paying taxes. It's stories like this, replete with an unwillingness to take any sort of responsibility and coupled with a sense of entitlement, that cause me to rethink my liberal stance on occasion.

The next obvious step, when no one will take financial responsibility or contribute to a grassroots social movement, is to shut the apartments down and put all those people on the street. Would that make you motherfarkers happy?
 
2013-08-21 10:18:00 AM

bighairyguy: I guess I shouldn't complain about water damage, black mold, kidnapping and plane crash in my complex.


Mayfair Mews?
 
2013-08-21 11:01:11 AM

PaLarkin: Sound like the judge who hears the lawsuit should require the asshat(s) who own the complex to live in one of the apartments and required to stay on the property until everything is brought up to code, cleaned up and the trash evicted.


I saw that movie.  Wasn't very good.
 
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