Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Apartment Life

I woke up this morning feeling hot. I could hear the air-conditioning kind of gurgling. Yep, just what I thought…..it was frozen up again. This makes 7 times in the past 6 weeks. I just moved into this apartment 6 weeks ago. It is a nice apartment other than that. Maintenance has not been the best as far as getting the “little” stuff done and fixing the air conditioner. I mean they have been very courteous, and have said each time they have come out to fix it that they will need to do a major repair on it. Well, come on now, let’s do it! I just hope my heater works during the winter; at least I have a fireplace. Apartment life isn’t too bad, for those that do not want to have your own yard and your own garage and your own space to really call home. My neighbors are relatively quiet. Occasionally I hear the upstairs neighbors get into a scuff. In addition, the neighbor across from me apparently got upset that the trash pick up people forgot to pick up ours for 3 nights in a row. Therefore, instead of taking it to the dumpster themselves, they just piled it up outside of their door. We are supposed to only put out trash in the container provided to us between 7 and 9 pm at night. About an hour later, it is magically empty. (At least most of the time). I understand them being upset about it, I was too, but come on, that is nasty! Other than that, it really isn’t bad; I live in a great area. That brings me to my last apartment. I lived there for 3 years. It was a nice apartment with total concierge service, swimming pool, tennis courts, cyber cafĂ©, movie theatre, car wash, planting shed. I loved living there, but realized I wasn’t really using all of the amenities, so I could save a little money. When I moved out, my boyfriend and I cleaned that apartment sparkling clean. The refrigerator looked brand new when we left. Anyhow, I moved out May 31 of this year. When I talked to them about getting my deposit back, they said ok, we need a forwarding address. Why would they need that, it really isn’t their business? Therefore, I told them I didn’t have one and I was staying with a friend. She asked if the check could be sent to my friend’s address. I said, no, I would come by there and pick up the check. The manager told me, “Oh, we can’t do that. The home office will only send the checks here then mail them to your forwarding address you left with the post office.” I told her I don’t have a forwarding address. Then she says, “Oh! Well, I can go to the home office and pick up your check personally and bring it here for you to pick up here, ok?” hahaha, I said “okay!” That certainly was a round about way of getting to the original request. So, a week later, I never heard from her, and I have called and called, leaving messages, finally got in touch with her, and her bubbly little voice said “oh I haven’t heard anything yet, but you are definitely due back your deposit, it just takes longer than I want it to sometimes.” So she left it like that, I had to ask her if I need to call her back to check on it again, she said, call me back next Monday. Ok, I will, and then I think I will start getting upset, because as of Monday, that will be 1 week shy of 2 months. For a full service concierge type of apartment, they are not providing very good service. The way I look at it, they have had my money for nearly 3 years and 2 months! That is like a bad insurance company that treats you nice while you are making the premium payments, but once you have a claim, they drag it out. That stinks! Oh well, I just have to be diligent, because people try to get away with everything. As for today, I guess I will not worry anymore about it.

7 comments:

The Husband said...

the last house i was in not only gave us our deposit back but included interest!

Edge said...

I'm so glad to be out of an apartment. Mowing isn't all that bad and the tax break is wonderful and I'm making a profit off of it when I sell it.

I would call the home office and check out the story, get the person you talked to's name and then call Ms. Bubbly back and ask again and then tell her you talked to Home Office and they will be calling her later.

Like Joe Pesci said in Lethal Weapon II, "They screw you at the [apartment complex]."

Hoping to read more from you,

~Jef

The IKON said...

I lucked out in my last place. I dont remember putting down a deposit but I was there 3 years, and the place was.....used I guess you could say. I spent all night and morning cleaning and I havent heard anything from them. AAAWESOME But I love the neighbor fights and I wish I had yours. Mine are mexican and they don't do anything. Very nice people though.

Thanks for posting on my Blog by the way. I love it hehehehe

Dave Morris said...

I have a habit of leaving apartments REALLY clean. Far cleaner than they were when I moved in. Yet, I never get a bonus refund. Only the deposit. Why doesn't the world work the way I want it to???

SemiMBA said...

Life in the Silicon Valley is crowded- lot of traffic. However, home prices are skyrocketing and my equity is increasing expoentially!

BadGod said...

My neighbor and his girlfriend used screw all of the time, it was funny at first. Then it got to the point of annoying. Then she would bring other guys over while he was at work. Then he came home early one day. That was funny.

Lee Ann said...

OMG! Well, I am definitely a one man girl! But, I do wonder if they can hear that well in my apartments!? =D