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Rant: stupid tenants (long)

casm

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If anything is pushing me to buy a house right now, last night's crapfest of apartment living is it.

My unit is on the top floor of the building, and the ceiling is common to the roof (i.e., no loft space). For the past few weeks I'd been hearing someone occasionally walking on the roof - the issue was brought up with the manager, but more as an informational thing since there wasn't really any harm being done, just occasional minor nuisance noise.

Until last night.

Somewhere around 2am, I was woken up by the sound of someone literally stomping on the roof right over my bedroom. And I do mean stomping - the bedroom window was rattling from the noise, which was made all the better by the fact that the roof's gravelled. I'm not a light sleeper either, which means that this person was really hoofing it up there. Pissed, I get out of bed and head up there to find out what exactly is going on, figuring that if someone ignored the off-limits notice on the access door I was pretty well within my rights to do the same in order to chew them out.

Up on the roof, I find this drunk kid who looks to be about 18 standing around yakking on his cellphone and having a smoke. Greeting him with a friendly 'what the hell are you doing up here?', he says, 'I'm on the phone, can't talk to you right now'. Good move there Charlie; now I'm moving from pissed to angry. 'Seeing as how you just woke me up with your goddamned clodhopping on my roof, I think you can call them back after we settle this.' The kid gives me the 'oh crap' look and finishes the call.

Long and the short of it is, he lies to me by saying the manager gave him permission to be there. Giving him an out, I call him on it and tell him that if he's straight with me we can sort this out here and now without any unpleasantness. Nope, the dumbass keeps lying about how he's allowed to be up there because he and the manager are 'tight'. OK, fine. You were dumb enough to tell me which unit you live in, so we'll stop dealing with this like men and go through the manager.

I head back down to my apartment and call the manager, apologising for getting him out of bed and explain the situation to him. We find the kid heading down the stairs. He's cornered and after some conversation it's explained to him in no uncertain terms that he is now evicted for breach of lease (failure to abide by posted notices plus a noise complaint after 10pm) and is to be out by midnight Sunday. Okay, not the result I went into all of this hoping for, but it serves the little bastard right. As I'm walking off, the kid's dumb enough to mouth off to the effect of, 'yeah, well, after I'm gone you're still gonna hafta deal with my roommates'. Clearly a real rocket scientist, this one.

Waiting a few minutes in my apartment for him and the manager to sort things out and not being real happy with his vague threat, I head back down to his apartment to have the talk with them about what's going to happen if any of my stuff in the common areas (mailboxes, laundry room, garage, etc.) suddenly starts being screwed with. Ring the doorbell: no answer. Ring it again: no answer, but I can hear people moving around in there. Knock heavily on the door.

This brings some short drunk kid I don't even recognise with a real smartass mouth on him to the door. I ask to speak to his roommate, and clarify the point by telling him that I specifically want the one who's just been evicted, but that he's more than welcome to hang around while I explain how things are going to work. What I end up with is another kid (also drunk) whom I recognise as one of the other tenants. Making him go retrieve the problem child, I figure that since the gang's all here we can begin.

I start off with the, 'if your friend hadn't lied to me, we wouldn't be here now' speech. The short kid with the mouth immediately tells me how he and his brother (the tenant) are going to sue me, that their dad's a lawyer, etc. Okay, Sparky, you go right ahead and do that, because in the course of your diatribe I've established that both you and the original assclown are 20, your roomate's 21, and all three of you are drunk - meaning that the tenant likely purchased alcohol with intent to supply it to minors, which is pretty small in the grand scheme of things right now. But given that you've just breached your lease in two fairly major ways and drunken minors are involved, maybe it's a good thing that daddy's a lawyer because now he and you can sit down and he can go over both contract and criminal law with you.

They go silent. I deliver the, 'now, here's what's going to happen if my stuff gets screwed with' speech and am ready to depart when the mouthy kid smarts off to me again and has his brother call the manager. Fine, go right ahead. I head back up to my apartment, wait a few minutes, call the manager back, and explain the situation to him. He and I agree that I'm well within my rights to warn them to not even so much as think about retribution over this, and I go back to bed figuring that things are wrapped up, these kids have the fear of God in them right now, and life can go back to its normal boring pace.

So, about an hour ago I headed downstairs to retrieve a book I'd left in the Jeep. The antenna's broken off and all four tires have had a pebble left under the valve stem caps. Call the local PD: they send out a car, the officer takes my complaint along with a recap of the night's events, talks to the manager, and comes back to my unit. Since the problem children are out (as evidenced by their car not being in the garage), he asks me to call the PD anytime I notice they're back and they'll swing by for a friendly chat. Can't issue a warrant since it's not known who actually committed the vandalism (I'm tending towards the mouthy little turd on this one myself), but once it's known there will be an arrest made.

So now I'm pretty much sitting here waiting for the cretins to come back so that one or more of them can be thrown into a squad car and hauled off for the weekend (the beauty of being arrested on a Friday: they won't get around to you until Monday or Tuesday). What amazes me is that the whole thing would've taken five minutes to resolve and gone nowhere near this far if the drunk idiot on the roof had just apologised for waking me up and promised not to do it again. Stupid spoiled snot-nosed Art Center kids are one of the very few things about this city I don't like.
 
casm said:
the beauty of being arrested on a Friday: they won't get around to you until Monday or Tuesday

Yeah, that always did suck. I always seemed to be in shorts, flip-flops and maybe a t-shirt. Jails are fu(%!ng cold.

:shiver:
 
That sucks. I hate it when people take out their immaturity on vehicles etc.. Hopefully they do get a ride in the squad car.

And yes, I think apartments suck... and would hate to have to deal with other peoples noise.
 
Glenn said:
That sucks. I hate it when people take out their immaturity on vehicles etc.. Hopefully they do get a ride in the squad car.

Looks like it's going to go that way, thankfully. What has me astounded in all of this is that someone's going to jail over a $6.99 antenna and the 15 minutes of my time that it took to retrieve the compressor, air back up, and put it away again. I mean, if you're going to go to jail, at least slash the tires or pop out the locks or something worth getting locked up over, not a stupid off-the-shelf Pep Boys part and some air.

And yes, I think apartments suck... and would hate to have to deal with other peoples noise.

Thing is, in the two years I've been here, this is the first and only problem I've had with any of the other tenants. The place is pretty solidly constructed, so noise doesn't bleed through walls and so forth - about the only time you ever hear someone else's tv, stereo, etc. coming through is in the hallway, and since I don't live there it doesn't really bug me.
 
Is there any way you can rig up a video camera on slow motion or time lapse to watch over your Jeep when you're alseep? It would be great if you could find some irrefutable proof. My guess is, if they screwed with the Jeep once, they'll try it again, either on their way out or making a special trip back after they're gone.
 
Eagle said:
Is there any way you can rig up a video camera on slow motion or time lapse to watch over your Jeep when you're alseep? It would be great if you could find some irrefutable proof. My guess is, if they screwed with the Jeep once, they'll try it again, either on their way out or making a special trip back after they're gone.

Funny you should mention that... I'm borrowing an 802.11 camera from a friend tonight for exactly that purpose. My wireless reaches down into the garage (surprisingly well, actually), and I've got about 150GB of empty drive space to just spool video right out to.
 
Couple of ideas come to mind, some UV dust in the tires air stems, too bad you can't air up with some tear gas...that would be amusing...or a good vomiting agent...even more so...mabye blow a few pounds of itching powder under their door with some high pressure air...
 
Beej said:
That's brutal Casm. I fully empathize with your situation. Buying a house is the best decision I've ever made...


Buying a house is good. But try to get one that has owner occupied houses by you. Having renters next door is almost as bad, same stupidity, just higher rent.
 
RichP Couple of ideas come to mind, some UV dust in the tires air stems, too bad you can't air up with some tear gas...that would be amusing...or a good vomiting agent...even more so...mabye blow a few pounds of itching powder under their door with some high pressure air...

Geez Rich those are just EVIL, I like them!!!!

Too bad you didn't know their plate number, since they were all drunk, the cops could have nailed them on DUI or public intoxication and underage drinking/ supplying alchohaul to minors, etc..
 
I hate these punks who grew up with mommy and daddy salving all of thier problems. I grew up in Orange County and have seen plenty of these idiots. I think it is so sad that the parents won't let their kids get into trouble by themselves and pay the consquences too. I had to deal with what I had done myself. It seems now-a-days the parents get thier kids off and jsut laugh about it with them afterwards, with no sense that it may have hurt someone or caused problems with that person. I will stopp now because I can go on and on about this crap.
 
w_howey said:
Buying a house is good. But try to get one that has owner occupied houses by you. Having renters next door is almost as bad, same stupidity, just higher rent.
Absolutely.

My redneck moron neighbors apparently got slobbering drunk last night and left their Pit outside again, where it sat on the picnic table 20 feet from my bedroom window, barking at 3am. We've squabbled with these idiots before and they were on their last warning already but by the time we positively ID'd the dog and called the cops there was already another complaint. By the time the officer showed up and the dog charged the fence (Excellennnt) there were three complaints but I'd lost two hours of sleep and had an interview at 0900 today.

The Redneckersons will receive a hefty fine and will probably lose their dog for this one once the letter from Animal Control arrives. In some ways I'm sorry the dog is going to be taken (and likely destroyed) but it's got some friggin' awful humans...and of course they started renting that place less than two months after I moved in here... As my fiancee so eloquently told the cops, "It's an aggressive dog with agressive owners. You guys are armed and can go talk to them this time."
 
I've been a home owner for 3 years now...I hate apartments. My gal and I are getting ready to do this move to Colorado in a month and do not want to buy right away b/c we're not sure exactly where we'll end up and I don't want to be locked in with a mortgage and find out I'd rather be in a different town. We will rent. She mentioned apartment recently. No way. I'll rent a house or even a trailer but no apartment. Even the trailer would have to be private and not in some park. Hope you get things squared away and don't loose too much sleep over it Casm.
 
Yucca-Man said:
Absolutely.

My redneck moron neighbors apparently got slobbering drunk last night and left their Pit outside again, where it sat on the picnic table 20 feet from my bedroom window, barking at 3am. We've squabbled with these idiots before and they were on their last warning already but by the time we positively ID'd the dog and called the cops there was already another complaint. By the time the officer showed up and the dog charged the fence (Excellennnt) there were three complaints but I'd lost two hours of sleep and had an interview at 0900 today.

The Redneckersons will receive a hefty fine and will probably lose their dog for this one once the letter from Animal Control arrives. In some ways I'm sorry the dog is going to be taken (and likely destroyed) but it's got some friggin' awful humans...and of course they started renting that place less than two months after I moved in here... As my fiancee so eloquently told the cops, "It's an aggressive dog with agressive owners. You guys are armed and can go talk to them this time."



We have lived in our house for almost 4 years now, It was a rental house when we bought it. We were the only owners on our part of the block at the time. It was a very bad decision to buy this one.

We had a couple, who thought it was good to get drunk and fight each other every night, right next to us. We had a house of coke heads next to them. When the boxers got arrested, we had a family a 'gang-banger' wannabes move in. Not good, we have a part-German Shepard dog. Also they had Pitbulls, which are illegal in the town we live in. Finally, got rid of the pitbulls by going to the city clerks office, and asking if I can prepay the 75 dollar fine for discharging a shotgun in city limits. When the clerk asked why, I told her I was going home and taking care of the Pitbulls that kept getting out of the yard next door and threating my kids in our own yard. Animal control was there the next day.

Lets see, we had the guy who thought he ran a hotel/resort complex. Had people living in a van in his driveway one winter, and another couple living in a tent in his backyard.. I came home to find a sweet corn stand set-up in my yard, he also had an amateur petting zoo living in a 12 x 12 yard shed.

Bascially, next move is out of town, or at least onto a lot where I don't have any neighbors on top of me.
 
w_howey said:
Finally, got rid of the pitbulls by going to the city clerks office, and asking if I can prepay the 75 dollar fine for discharging a shotgun in city limits. When the clerk asked why, I told her I was going home and taking care of the Pitbulls that kept getting out of the yard next door and threating my kids in our own yard. Animal control was there the next day.
That's freekin' beautiful!! Pits aren't illegal here (yet) but I've taken to carrying an axe with me when doing yardwork out back...that thing charges the fence far too often and WILL be thrown over the fence in pieces if it ever breaks through.

The Redneckersons put up a HUGE bug zapper tonight; the thing is constantly burning insects. What kind of electrical problems am I setting myself up for if I 'accidentally' turn the sprinkler up too high and it hits the zapper? :laugh3:
 
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