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30 October 2006 @ 10:20 pm
The Landlords Strike Back  
In response to our letter after their initial threat of eviction this is what our landlords have to say after avoiding talking to us each time they've come down:

David and Tapati (last name),

This letter is a responce [sic] to your letter dated October 10, 2006.

As stated in the last paragraph of your letter you asked us to let you know if you must leave. "THE ANSWER IS YES," rather than endure a formal eviction. Give us a written 30 day notice as specified in the contract. Two weeks before you leave we will do a walk-thru [sic] inspection to determine the condition of [unit number] which will give you time to correct any problems. You will also be responsable [sic] to comply with the cleanup list you signed.

(landlords' names)

I received this today in the mail by certified letter, return receipt requested. Then shortly after it was delivered their van was parked downstairs. Is this a sadistic plot to watch us squirm? Yes I could demand they go ahead and try to evict us, fight it, etc., but that takes more energy than I have right now. I went through court with psycho landlady (and won) when she stole our entire 2800.00 deposit and it's really stressful. And in the end I'd be living near and giving money to people who hate me, even if I win.

So I got pretty upset and was having a bit of chest pain but I am calmer now. I think I'm starting to go numb.

It would be really nice to get a call or email today that I've got the job I just interviewed for. It's about time I had a break.

And...rrrrring rrrring--I just got the phone call and I got the job! I'm not kidding, while I was writing this the phone rang and I ran to answer it. Not only did I get the job but I'm going to Southern California on Wednesday to start training. All expenses paid. I'll be doing some traveling for this job, and then writing reports. Below the cut is their description of the job:

The Statement Investigator will conduct field interviews regarding
workers' compensation injuries throughout California and will then
write a lengthy and thorough report based on information obtained
during the interviews. This job is a career opportunity as it will
lead to licensing as a Private Investigator if you so choose. Field
person must be willing to drive own car to various California
locations. Computer and writing skills are a must! Pay is per
report; the more reports you get done the more money you make.
Depending on ability and work ethic, the salary range for this
job is 24k to 54k, plus benefits. A typical day would involve
driving to various job sites and residences in California, spending
one to two hours interviewing a witness at each site, and then
returning home to write a report based on your findings.

Yes, sometimes it will be dicey driving with a migraine and I'm trying to figure out how I will handle that (bus? ice pack?) but I think staring at a computer screen is even more hellish. And there will be times I am at home, writing reports, and I can take a break and lie down when I have to. I am hoping that after training I'll have enough flexibility to arrange my schedule around the worst of the migraines. Really, I managed to only be out 12-18 days per year with them and I'll be a contractor (after training) so my time is my own to manage. (Employers can't call you a contractor if they start pressuring you to stick to a particular schedule. They can only give you the work and a deadline.)

The main thing is, I find this work infinitely more interesting than bookkeeping or even human resources. I'm excited to be learning this and that it can lead to getting licensed as a private investigator if I want to.

What a confusing day this is! I have to look for a place to live and move, and I have a job. Actually I think the job wins out--and while moving is a bitch, living around these people is even worse. I'm really done with them. Too bad--they seemed so nice when we first started renting from them, and for the first couple of years.
Current Mood: indescribableindescribable
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Tapatitapati on October 30th, 2006 11:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I do hope I get more in the way of training than you have been, or I did at my last job. :)

These landlords are really anti-child. We used to notice how uptight they were around the neighbor kids, always thinking they were trespassing. I bet they want us out because they think the boys will tear up the place. But we've been so careful to put extra rugs down and watch them like a hawk.

I figure all of these landlords will eventually get the tenants they really deserve. We've paid our rent on time, we've taken care of their property and we will leave it clean. They could have worked with us on this, even given us a hard deadline and officially amended the rental agreement to limit the stay of guests. I'm really surprised by how nasty they've turned.

But I'm just going to bask in my new employed state for a bit and worry about packing when I have to.
Sir Ted of Teddington: Challah backeastbayted on October 31st, 2006 12:00 am (UTC)
Wow! Congrats on your new job!
Tapatitapati on October 31st, 2006 12:09 am (UTC)
Thanks! I only wish I didn't have to now dive into a search for a new home, pack and move, and train for the job all at the same time.

On the bright side, maybe we'll beat ant season this year. We have some wicked ants that take over our kitchen, coming out of our walls in the winter.
labrys6 on October 31st, 2006 12:06 am (UTC)
I'm really glad you got a new job! What a pity you have to get that going on top of carrying out a move to a new place! But, as you say, a better place and more reasonable landlord will be worth it in the long run. I hope the job works out and that you can get the headaches under control. Do you know what triggers them?
Tapatitapati on October 31st, 2006 12:11 am (UTC)
My two biggest triggers are weather and hormones. I never thought I'd be looking forward to menopause, even though it won't be good for my heart. Some women see a drop in migraines after menopause.

Maybe being out and about rather than under artificial lights all winter will be good for me, at least on a seasonal depression level. Maybe I can schedule my travel to avoid some of the weather systems. :)
Christinasilhouette1126 on October 31st, 2006 12:47 am (UTC)
Wow! You guys have been busy. Congrats on the new job - it sounds like it will be a really good fit for you. If you guys need help moving or anything, let us know. Hopefully your next landlords won't be so cold-hearted.
Tapatitapati on October 31st, 2006 12:57 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for the offer. I may very well take you up on it. We'll see what kind of crew we can put together. :) We normally pay at least 15 an hour for anyone who helps us move. I plan to pare down as much as I can before the move.

But first we have to find a place! And find a place for Ramya too. We hope that CPS really can come through with the hotel vouchers and the expedited section 8 housing.

What's been happening with your work life? Last I heard you got a promotion...then you were posting about missing people. Did you switch jobs?
Tapatitapati on November 1st, 2006 02:21 am (UTC)
Dave says he's going to make sure we hire a moving company this time around. He says we have enough stress as it is. It'll be nice to sit back and know none of our friends are schlepping our junk around. :)
thtreladythtrelady on October 31st, 2006 12:55 am (UTC)
Well, how's that for an emotional rollercoaster of a day. Congratualations on the new job - sounds like fun!

And I hope your landlord's next tenant pees in the corners.
Tapatitapati on October 31st, 2006 01:01 am (UTC)
Thanks, LOL! That's what they deserve.

Yes, in the space of an hour I went waaaay down, then waaaay up, and now I'm sort of teetering back and forth. What a great opportunity to practice my path. :)
celtee on October 31st, 2006 03:33 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry your landlords turned out to be asshats. I don't know about the landlord-tenant laws in your neck of the woods but I think what they're doing to you would be considered illegal here where I live...

Congarats on the job! I hope it turns out to be as great a fit for you as it sounds like it will. Best of luck with the move and the managing the migraines so they don't compromise your driving.
Tapatitapati on November 1st, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
We might be able to fight it legally but we just don't want to stay here anymore. Who wants to give rent money to an asshat? LOL!

It sounds like this job will be interesting and as I get better at it and build up speed, I can probably make a fair living. I will have to pay all my own taxes, though, so I will study up on what I have to do and what expenses I can claim against it.
celtee on November 1st, 2006 04:58 am (UTC)
I hear ya about giving money to asshats! Would be like throwing money down a rabbit hole if ya ask me!

As for paying your taxes and all, I think (please don't quote me on it cuz I'm not an accountant!) that you can claim all your gas and other travel expenses accrued, any (and all?) supplies you purchase for your "business" and I also think any sales tax that you pay for whatever you need or use. Of course there may or may not be limitations and restrictions and/or more itemizations you can claim. As I said, I'm not an accountant so I really don't know. :-)
Angiextremeroswellia on October 31st, 2006 03:57 am (UTC)
It is illegal where I live. I can't imagine it's not where you are. :/ I highly suggest contacting your local DV shelter and talking to a legal advocate and explaining the situation. If nothing else, perhaps the center can issue some kind of alert for future residents on their lack of respect for DV survivors and kids.

Congrats on your new job! :D
Tapatitapati on November 1st, 2006 02:26 am (UTC)
I'm not sure if there's any law about it, it's not mentioned in the state rental handbook at all. I don't think they have grounds to evict us since guests aren't even covered in their rental agreement, they probably would have more of a right to amend their agreement and give a deadline. But we don't want to give these kind of people our rent money anymore. And if we move we can get closer to my husband's work. He's been commuting every day for a few years now.

It looks like my daughter will be able to get into a place.
litlebananalitlebanana on October 31st, 2006 04:51 am (UTC)
Landlords are horrible. I was rooting for you, but I'm not that surprised about the letter. This is why I am committed to trying to find a company to rent from rather than an individual.
Matrinkamatrinka69 on October 31st, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC)
Companies are often WORSE than individuals. Yes, your contract is all spelled out in advance far more completely, but it usually means a lot more headaches in the long run.

I can't wait until next year. We're planning to move to Missouri, to our own tiny little cabin just up from the lake. No more bullshit $400/month lot rent for precisely NOTHING in the way of ammenities or services. It is sad when my husband commuting from Missouri to Iowa will end up costing us LESS than living on the other end of town, but there ya go.
litlebananalitlebanana on November 1st, 2006 01:17 am (UTC)
I've done a lot of renting and my experiences with individuals have always been really horrible, while my experiences with companies have usually been pretty neutral. I feel like companies just care about getting their money and don't take things so personally. They don't spy on you and call you a "horrible person" like one of my previous landlords did (because I wanted to move out four months early and I had a new tenant interested as well as offering to pay an extra month's rent when I wouldn't be living there).
Tapatitapati on November 1st, 2006 01:31 am (UTC)
In my many years of renting, most of my experiences with individual landlords, even when they started out as nice, ended up being really bad. They do take things personally. It's like they're leaving their baby with you or something. I understand that some tenants really trash apartments, but stop assuming we all will!

The times I've rented from either a company or directly from the government were the best experiences I had.

I did get burned on my deposit by UCSC though.

Sure there are some bad property management companies too, but on the whole most of them at least know rental laws and don't act like you're about to shoot their dog.

The last three individual landlords I've had have been nuts. I'm done with that!
Matrinkamatrinka69 on November 1st, 2006 12:04 pm (UTC)
Ah. See, I've had almost the opposite experience. When I've rented from an individual, I've been able to work with them through the down slumps. Companies have always been more "Where's our money? No, we don't care about you at all." I guess it really depends on the people you're renting from. I've ended up with decent landlords who were also decent people, not psychos. ;)
Tapatitapati on November 4th, 2006 04:51 am (UTC)
I suspect a lot depends on the individual person or company. Some landlords are horrible and so are some property management agencies, while some are just fine.

I think I'd just like a switch from it being so personal after three bad landlords in a row, two of whom were personally attached to the rental spaces and for that matter all three had previously lived in them.
A radiant bundle of fascinating contradictionsdalbino83 on October 31st, 2006 05:43 am (UTC)
Closing the door, opening a window...

I'm sorry you have to leave your apartment, but yay for getting the job!
Tapatitapati on November 1st, 2006 03:48 am (UTC)
Much as I hate the thought of moving I'm beginning to get the feeling it's really for the best and may well bring improvements into our lives. If my husband no longer has a long commute that has gotta be better for us both.

I'm so stoked about the job--imagine, the chance to become a private investigator! Not that I have romantic ideas about that--I'm not expecting to be Kinsey Milhone or Veronica Mars. But it's definitely more interesting and varied work than what I've been doing.
Matrinkamatrinka69 on October 31st, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC)
Moving sucks. New jobs are a goodness. And maybe you'll find a great new place that isn't owned by asshats, which would be awesome.
Tapatitapati on November 1st, 2006 02:30 am (UTC)
Yeah, moving really sucks. We usually like to stay in one place for awhile unless landlords start going bonkers for no good reason. We moved in 2002 and 2003...I don't relish going through all that stuff again. But I've been meaning to organize and thin out my papers and maybe donate some of my books, so here's my chance.

I think the job will rock once I get it down. The only frustration I can see really is that sometimes the travel might get to me. But being outside in the winter will possibly help my seasonal depression.

I hope our new place has many improvements over this one: insulation, no winter ant invasions, no stairs, larger bedrooms and bigger bathroom. Dishwasher? We also have a washer and dryer so we need hookups. Not having to take laundry downstairs to wash would be great too.

I signed my contractor agreement today and felt like it's a good omen this is happening on Samhain. :)
jew_witchgirl: sillyjew_witchgirl on October 31st, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC)
Congrats on your new job, that sounds like fun.
Tapatitapati on November 1st, 2006 01:32 am (UTC)
Thanks, I think it will be. I'm sure it will have its frustrations--bad drivers probably--but it will be far more interesting than bookkeeping ever was!

And I can eventually get my PI license!