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Friday, December 08, 2006

The Weather Inside Is Frightening

Chris and I are pretty sure our landlord is stealing our heat- both for his basement apartment and his mother's first floor apartment. The way I see it, here's the situation: on the plus side, the entire heating system is only accessible through our apartment in the attic. On the minus side, our landlord is a rat thief.

Yesterday I saw that the heating bill for November with his name on it had been dropped in our mail slot by mistake. Being the good neighbor/tenant that I am, I kindly dropped in his box on my way out. When I got home from work today, there it was again! He must've just stuck it right back in my door! I muttered to myself all the way up the stairs, there's no way I'm paying for this man to heat his entire house when I live in an already toasty third floor apartment.

Then Chris took another look at the heating vent up in the attic and realized that one giant section of the venting system goes straight down the back wall of our apartment, down to the first floor. So basically, he thinks we're just going to be idiotic enough to not question a $300 gas bill every month?

Oh, hell no. My momma didn't raise no fool.

But I played it cool. I wrote him a cheery note on a purple post-it explaining that the mailman must have mistakenly dropped his bill in our box, but that I was kindly returning it, and that my name would appear on the December bill, thank you very much. Now it's up to Chris to threaten to disconnect the landlord's heating vents from the one and only source of heat in the house. What do I care if there are little Greek popsicles living below me? I will not be cheated.


Blogger Kirsten rocks hardcore!

wow, that story even stressed me out - and i'm not involved :(

11:58 AM

Anonymous alyndabear rocks hardcore!

Wwwwww-hat? He can't expect you to actually pay HIS bill, can he?

That's nuts!

Oh well. At least you guys are warm!

4:53 PM

Anonymous Micah rocks hardcore!

that sucks!
Y'know I don't know how it goes over there, but in Oregon the landlord has to notify a tenant that their electric bill is being used to heat other people's living units, if he doesn't, the tenant can sue for damages or whatever....
hopefully it'll all be no big deal.

4:18 PM

Blogger NancyPearlWannabe rocks hardcore!

Yeah, the whole deal seems pretty sketchy. I really want to hate the guy, but then I saw him yesterday and he has the cutest little roly poly wife and she's all smiles... it makes me think he couldn't be that bad.


8:11 AM


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