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Adventures With Terrible Landlords: Windows Painted Shut Edition

Posted on 2009.11.15 at 02:25
October 20, 2009: Me to Landlord.

Hi M,

The man who painted the windows a couple weeks back accidentally painted all of mine shut except for the bathroom window.

Also, the radiator in the kitchen becomes quite hot to the point of being painful to touch, even though it is turned off.

Please let me know what can be done about this.



October 21, 2009: Landlord to me.

Hi Amy,
I will get the information to the maintenance guy. Are you home during the day? If not, is it okay if he comes in to do the repairs?
October 21, 2009: Me to Landlord.

Thanks, M. I'm at work from 9-5. Please just let me know when he plans on coming.

November 2, 2009: Me to Landlord.

Any word on this being dealt with?
November 2, 2009: Landlord to me.

I will be back in the office next week and will let you know then.
November 11, 2009: Landlord to me.

Sorry, the maintenance guy was there and fixed the radiator but was unable to open the windows with the guinea pig cage in the way. I am having the painter come by to open them from the outside.
November 11, 2009: Me to Landlord.
Hi M.

Thanks for getting back to me. That's why I was hoping to have a heads up about when he was coming, I would have moved it before I left for work. At any rate the radiator seems to be working somewhat better. Have the painter give me a call if he needs to get to the windows from the inside.

November 15th, 2009, 2:00 am: Me to Landlord.

Hi M,

When is the painter coming to open the windows? The only one I can open at this point is the tiny kitchen window. It's 53 degrees outside. According to my digital thermometer it is currently 82.6 degrees in my apartment. I am unable to sleep because it is too hot, I can't stand the thought of using my stove or oven, and in another 2.4 degrees my guinea pigs will be at risk for heat stroke, which will kill them. I've hacked at the windows with every tool I can think of using, including putty knives, a chisel, a workman's razor blade, a sharp serrated knife from my kitchen, and a pie server. I've come close to injuring my shoulders throwing all of my weight into trying to force them open. I imagine this would also prove a safety hazard should I ever need to escape in an emergency through the windows.

I didn't expect it to take a month to get them open again. Whoever you need to send, please send them immediately and give them my cell number. It's XXX-XXX-XXXX. I work 2 miles away and can be home in 10 minutes if they need me to move furniture. In the meantime, I'm resisting the urge to pour pain thinner down the cracks of the window frames.


best_ken_ever at 2009-11-16 16:15 (UTC) (Link)
Eep, holy crap. Kudos for dealing with this in an assertive and proactive way, and best of luck for a quick resolution. Grah.
amyneff at 2009-11-16 16:36 (UTC) (Link)
They're also in violation of PA housing codes, which I will not hesitate to point out.

Also, I'm glad you responded, because I realised I posted my phone number. Eep, indeed.
best_ken_ever at 2009-11-16 22:21 (UTC) (Link)
I noticed that, too, and was going to say something, and then I forgot due to being whelmed by your arguments. Oops.
vanessaewing at 2009-11-18 19:12 (UTC) (Link)
geezum! i was just thinking about the welfare of those pigs.
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