Ask Experts Questions for FREE Help !
Ask

    Apartment complex problems

    Asked Feb 9, 2007, 05:01 PM ó 2 Answers
    Hello, I have been living in my apartments for about a year and up until last week things have been fine.

    I wrote my rent check and gave it to the apartment on the 1st, after viewing my bank statement a couple of days later I noticed I had wrote the checkf or $20 under the needed amount, I quickly called the apartments and told them the bank was sending the other $20 ASAP, the assistant manager who I talked to acted like she could care less, she took no apartment number she didn't even write it down.

    So today I wake up and there is a note on my door saying I need to come to the office NOW and pay the $20, so I call and talk to the actual manager and she says she didn't know anything about me calling and the assistant is on vacation. Not only that but I woke up this morning and there is NO hot water, none. So while I am having it out with the manager I mention the no hot water thing and she says "It should be fixed in a week"... so they had time to type a paper about the $20 missing rent which I ALREADY talked to them about, but they felt no need to tell me about the hot water which happened the night before they left the paper. So I have to wait a week to take a hot shower... there HAS to be something against things like this, can't I get maybe 1/4th my rent back, isn't there a law about living conditions ? I looked online but couldn't find anything about the law regarding apartments.


    Also, I live in Texas if that helps

    Last edited by Xeirus; Feb 9, 2007 at 05:09 PM.
    Search this Question
    Share |
    2 Answers
    landlord advocate's Avatar
    landlord advocate Posts: 283, Reputation: 36
    Full Member
     
    #2

    Feb 9, 2007, 07:41 PM
    Landlords should never accept late or partial payment, without first posting an eviction notice. You offered a partial payment and they reacted to it. I am surprised that after eleven months, you could accidentally write a check for $20 less than the other checks you have written. My answer may sounds a little harsh... but think of how many people called the office to say they were "short".

    Hot water: If it is an apartment complex, chances are there is an empty apartment in another building... which has hot water. Ask to use the shower in the closest empty apartment. This is probably a boiler problem and they are attempting to fix it. It is in their best interest to fix the problem as soon as possible. Unless parts have to be ordered or a boiler replaced, the chances are it will take less than a week to fix.
    Helpful
    ScottGem's Avatar
    ScottGem Posts: 64,808, Reputation: 6027
    Computer Expert and Renaissance Man
     
    #3

    Feb 9, 2007, 07:53 PM


    Is it only your unit without hot water? If so, I find it suspicious. If its more than your unit, then its proably coincidence.

    They do have to provide reasonable living conditions, but if they can prove there really is a problem with the heating system, you are out of luck.

    As for being short I don't understand this business about the bank sending the extra $20. That isn't the way it works. IF you wrote the check for the correct amount and the bank cashed it for the wrong amount, they might do that. But if you wrote it for the wrong amount, then YOU have to write another check for the difference and you should have delivered it right away.
    Helpful

Not your question? Ask your question View similar questions

 

Question Tools Search this Question
Search this Question:

Advanced Search

Add your answer here.


Check out some similar questions!

Apartment problems [ 1 Answers ]

I found a nice 2 bedroom 1bath room apartment on March 2006. I spent a lot of money, time and energy to furnish the whole apartment to make it a comfortable place to live. To reduce the cost, I found her-my roommate online to share the apartment with me .During the interview, I told her I donít...

Fire Damage to Apartment - Landlord using to upgrade apartment [ 8 Answers ]

Earlier this year my apartment was minimally damaged by a fire. The exact cause of the fire is unknown, however it is believed that my cat knocked something onto the stove which then turned on and burned the basket. Fire damage to the apartment was restricted to the kitchen stove area. Smoke...

Sneaky Apartment Complex Woes [ 4 Answers ]

During the heat wave this summer, my air conditioner gave out. Not only gave out, constantly froze over. My apartment complex, whose responsibilities include the AC unit, heater, and other basic utilities and their upkeep, fixed the problem _temporarily_. They stated that they had arrived at...

2 complex [ 4 Answers ]

ok,here's my delima. I went out with my boyfriend last year and we broke up during the summer for my family issues. I tried to forget about him and move on. well when school started, a new student came to my neighborhood and we became friends. she started to like him and I told her go head b/c i...

Apartment Stuctural Problems [ 2 Answers ]

Hello, We've lived in an apartment building on the third floor for about six years. Just recently we've been noticing a lot of things are a bit questionable. Cracks area appearing all over the apartment, not just small ones, they are big ones and grow larger by the month. On the balcony,...


View more questions Search