Well, I have been affected by the recent legislation here in Colorado in a negative way. I recently had to move (again!) because my landlord lost his job and had to sell his rental unit, and he sprung this on me with 32 days notice to move! Talk about a surprise! We had actually considered buying that particular house at one point, but it would have taken too much money to bring it up to my standards, so we were holding off for another year, and then this happens.
So, the wife only had 4 requirements-at least 3 bedrooms, in the same town, with a fenced yard, and a garage. All in 31 days. Keeping it in the same town, or at least the same area, was the killer, and I could only find two places that were big enough. Neither one of them had everything she wanted, but then again, you never get everything you want, right? So I picked out the best one of the two.
Apparently, I picked wrong. I kept her in the same town and got her a four bedroom place, but no yard and no garage, so you have thought that the sky was falling in! Talk about bitch and moan.....it reminded me of being here in a way! Nothing you do is right or good enough, nobody will take the time to listen to your side of things, etc. Now, I thought that I did pretty good, considering the fact that I was under the gun from the very start.
I dealt with a scammer, several property management places, and people who really wanted to sell their house rather than rent it out, and this was all on top of dealing with the landlord and his reality agents. This guy gives me 31 days notice to move, and then wants me to work around his reality people on top of it! He wants me to allow them access to show the house.....OK, that is reasonable, given the fact that you are trying to sell it. Then, they want it to be vacated when they bring people in to see the place, which means that I have to gather up the wife, kids, and all the animals and leave while they show the damn place!
At this point, I am starting to get pissed off, but I am trying to work with this guy because we have always had a good relationship up to this point. But he wants me to move as soon as possible, and then puts all of the restrictions on the process. After we got the issue about not being there straightened out, we had to go around and around over the hours they could show it. These clowns wanted me to make the place available from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.....seven days a week!
By the time,we finally reached an understanding, all bridges had been burned. I had to tell these people that, according to the terms of the lease, I had the place until the end of the month, and I was not required to cooperate at all, but that I would do so-with certain restrictions-in the interests of harmony. All I was hearing was "time is of the essence, time is of the essence", because he was trying to beat some deadline in order to save money on taxes, so I was trying to work with the guy. After all, he lost his job and everything else.
So, I hustle around and find us another place, get everything all packed up, loaded up, and moved over, and then come back to clean the place up. After all, that is only right, plus, this guy is holding 2300.00 dollars in deposits! So I go in and clean the walls, counters and floors, have the carpets cleaned, patch any nail holes, and paint over the repairs, and I have the place ready to turn over by the 7th of the month, rather than the 31st.
Now, the guy wants to play games! He tells me that time is of the essence, and yet he is slow-playing me on returning the deposits. Now, I know that by law, he has 30 days to return the deposits, but he has always led me to believe that he wanted to get this relationship terminated as soon as possible, and it was expected that he would return the deposits the same way. When I contacted him, he started to nit-pick on this, like saying that there were some light bulbs that were burned out and a kitchen counter-top was dirty, and then said that we would do a walk-through to check everything out
That was a week ago, and I have not heard from him at all yet.
Anyway, I get everything moved, with little or no help from anyone, I might add, into the new place. My god, there is a LOT of shit here! I have boxes and crates and totes stacked up in every damn room, shit sitting outside under tarps, and stuff scattered across the entire house.
Now to get it all put away, which is the hard part! When you look around your house, everything has a place, and even if it is messy, there is a place for everything. But not when you move! Hell no, you find shit you have not seen in years, shit you have never seen, and shit that you have absolutely NO place for! Like the garage.....when you move from a house with a garage to a house without one, where do you put all of the garage shit? It can't come in the house, its garage stuff. It can't sit outside, because it is.....garage stuff!
But I persevered, and finally came the day in which I could sit back and see that everything was in its place. Those places suck, by and large, but everything is there. Sweet peace and relaxation.....finally!
Not so fast. Now I start to find out all of the problems and issues with the place. Fucking place is a dump! Jesus Christ, if I had seen all of this stuff first, I would have moved to a different place and the wife could just get fucking over it1 The bathrooms need major repair, the water heater needs replaced, and a bunch of other shit, and,being a property management place, they want to spend as little as possible! Now I am holding their toes to the fire and making them fix the major livability matters while I tell the wife "it's only for a year, it's only for a year!"
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