I've had this song going through my mind for a couple of weeks now - pretty much every time I think about the state of our apartment, and my landlords neglect of damage and repairs due to water leaks from two floors above... "We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place" by The Animals
Our ridiculous landlord and his handyman have some odd ideas about repairing water damage. Grrr.... For the third time in less than two years, we have had major water damage in our apartment, and each time it has come from above. Apparently the person that lives two apartments above us is prone to getting drunk, turning on the water, and passing out before turning off the water. So...it soaks through her floors, down between the walls and into the apartment between hers and mine, and then eventually into mine.
First, the damage resulted in a chunk of the bedroom ceiling collapsing onto my son's bed (thankfully he wasn't in the bed at the time!), and part of the bedroom and bathroom walls having to be replaced. It took them MONTHS to do the repairs! The damage occurred in August of last year, but wasn't finally repaired until November of last year!
Then, in December, there was another water leak above and around the shower and bathroom sink, with odors of mold in the closet immediately next to the bathroom. That wasn't repaired until January, and the repair guy said he couldn't smell the mold, therefore it must not be there, and he wasn't going to do anything about it. He merely plastered over the damaged spots on the bathroom ceiling and wall, and painted over them.
|Water leaking from the hall ceiling.|
|Mold and water damage in the closet - and it has gotten worse since this photo.|
|The crack in the ceiling - it has recracked since being "repaired."|
|Because the power is off to half the apartment, this is what I had to do to keep the refrigerator running! Dangerous, right?|