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04 November 2006 @ 04:58 am
Responding to the landlords  
My therapist had reminded me that I didn't just have to stuff my feelings about the landlords' behavior but that I could include them in my 30 day notice letter. So here's that portion, I'll spare you the boring official part:

Finally, we are at a loss to imagine what you would have expected us to do regarding Ramya's sudden need for shelter. We can't imagine that under similar circumstances you would have turned your daughter or grandchildren away with no alternatives in sight. Ironically, now she has made headway in negotiating the labyrinth of social service agencies and paperwork and is finally in a position to look for a rental, so the situation would have shortly resolved itself without this notice. We are somewhat bewildered as we've been quiet, conscientious tenants who have always sent the rent out in advance of the first of the month, done some minor repairs ourselves (such as replacing the screen on the back door) and kept you informed of any major repair needed (the water-heater). We never have loud parties or blast music late at night. We've cleaned the carpet and have used area rugs to protect high traffic areas. We've always tried to beautify the deck with plants and windsocks. We've gotten along with the neighbors as far as we are aware--never a cross word.

We find it hard to understand why our attempt to help our family has brought things to this stage. We also find it painful to be reminded that we in fact do not have a home in which we can shelter our family as needed but rather just a "rental," no matter how much we enjoy the apartment or how well we try to take care of it. When you put "THE ANSWER IS YES" all in capital letters like that we felt like all the positive things we have done as tenants didn't count, you seem so eager to get rid of us.

In spite of our sadness rest assured that we will continue to observe all obligations required by law and we continue to hope for a positive reference.
litlebananalitlebanana on November 4th, 2006 05:46 am (UTC)
I feel for you, but I doubt that letter will tug on their heartstrings, considering how obnoxious and horrible they were to you before. They clearly don't think about their tenants as real people.

I wouldn't be so cynical, except that the last landlord I had told me proudly about how one of her tenants had gotten pregnant and wanted to move to a bigger apartment to have room for the baby, but she had held her till the very end of the lease and not allowed her to leave even a month early or given her any options to help find a new tenant. Told me this PROUDLY.
Tapatitapati on November 4th, 2006 07:35 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not imagining one letter will turn them into human beings or anything. I just felt I had to express it because all of their language thus far is trying to keep it all official and avoid recognizing the personal stakes or feelings involved. If I did the same it just adds credence to that way of thinking.

And I feel better for getting it off my chest, as did my husband, so that's the important thing.

That landlord sounds pretty vile. Really what I think it comes down to for many of them is their financial needs. I think my landlords are imagining the boys destroying their rental unit and doing damage over our deposit (they acted really weird with the neighbor kids about coming anywhere near their property--we think they are seriously anti-kid).