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The place where I live: Redux

So I live in an apartment complex. You got me so far? Last week I received a note in my mailbox from the post office, indicating that a Certified Letter was waiting for me at said post office. I wasn't home to receive it in the first place, because I work during the day. I wasn't expecting anything, so I checked the "Sender" on the card, and it read "Washington Way". Haha, I chuckled, they must be mistaken, for I live at Washington Way.

They were NOT mistaken. My own apartment complex spent $3.27 to send me a letter. There were two items in the envelope: one discussed window guards for little kids, and had to have been sent to every apartment in the place. The other was asking about my lease renewal, and was an exact duplicate of a document I had found in my mailbox the previous week (dropped there by hand, for free).

My apartment complex gave me a pain in my ass to collect this letter. I was fortunate enough to be in training last week, so I got home early and was able to pick up the letter; if that had not been the case, it would have taken a lot of finagling for me to get my hands on it. They also paid over three dollars to send me something from a building that I can SEE from my balcony (it's about . . . oh, less than 500 feet away). There a LOT of apartments in my place. Lessee, building "X" is the 24th building, times six entrances, times four doors at each entrance . . . 576 apartments, or so? That's almost $1800 they spent. My mom suggested that maybe they needed a record of people receiving the letter. Well, shit, do it by hand first, and then send it certified to the people who don't respond! No wonder my rent is so goddamned high.


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Jun. 27th, 2001 07:05 am (UTC)
That blows. An unrelated, but similarly infuriating apartment complex story goes as follows:

When I signed my lease, I was taking advantage of two specials at once, one reducing my first month's rent by half, the other reducing it by $200. They said they couldn't actually let me combine them in just one month, so they'd do the half-off thing for the first month, and the $200-off thing for the second. Hey, no problem. But, it turns out the lady I talked to screwed up. They were actually going to take effect in the opposite order. But no knew this error occurred until I paid that first month's rent, and only paid half (instead of paying the full amount minus $200, follow?). Now. That's not even where it gets annoying yet. My complex has a five-day grace period for rent. I paid my rent (which was a check for HALF instead of $200 off) on the last of the previous month. Five days pass. On the 6th, I get a notice saying I'm being fined something like $40 a day, starting today, for failing to pay my rent. At this point, I still wasn't aware of their error, so I thought they failed to receive my rent all together. So, I called, right away. They tell me the check I dropped off was for too little; it was for only half my rent. They weren't aware that I'd been given the wrong info about when my specials were taking effect, so this means they THOUGHT I JUST FELT LIKE PAYING LESS RENT THAT MONTH. THEY THOUGHHT, I GUESS, THAT MAYBE IF THEY WAITED THOSE FIVE DAYS OF THE GRACE PERIOD THAT MAYBE I'D DROP OFF ANOTHER CHECK FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE AMOUNT. No phone call during those five days, no nothing. I was furious, and I was as mean with this lady as I ever allow myself to be with anybody. Of course, they accepted my check for the remainder of the amount (minus $200, which I had to explain to them and I don't even think they believed me but they said okay 'cause they just wanted this scary angry person out of their office and back to my cult meeting or opium den or whatever) that evening, and dropped the late fee thing. I mean, I wasn't even really that pissed that the first lady gave me bad info about when the specials would happen. That's a simple mistake. They happen. I was just angry that they were so disorganized and FUCKING RETARDED, and failed to realize this when I tried to explain it to them. Gah!!! The end.

Sorry that was so long.
Jun. 27th, 2001 07:15 am (UTC)
I want to see the big scary red manning face.
Jun. 27th, 2001 07:22 am (UTC)
No you don't (read: NO - YOU - DON'T).
Jun. 27th, 2001 07:23 am (UTC)
I'll show you mine if you show me yours.
Jun. 27th, 2001 07:24 pm (UTC)
Did you already respond to your lease renewal? There's a law (I think) that requires them to give you some minimum period of notice about renewing your lease. If you didn't respond, they may have sent the certified letter so they had proof they sent you a renewal.
Jun. 28th, 2001 05:37 am (UTC)
Yes, that's certainly possible, which means that they're not as hugely idiots as otherwise. Thanks a lot, dude.
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