The story of the 3 Monkeys
July 30, 2012 9:32 AM Subscribe
Torn between being a busy body, saying something so someone can help, or stay the heck out and mind my own business.
posted by MayNicholas to home & garden (47 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Our neighbours, who are renters, have had all their utilities turned off. This in not speculation- this is fact.
There are 3 non working adults and 4 children between 6-16 living there. I feel badly for them & I feel badly for their landlord.
For them, because that must be so hard on the children. For the landlord, because I would hate to have that occurring on my property because of the potential damages.
Winter is coming and that means cracked pipes or heck, even now, with 7 of them still using the restrooms and pitchers of water to flush periodically, could do a good bit of damage to the pipes (this is an older home). Not to mention the fact that there is no longer trash pick up & we are starting to notice a lot of roaches crawling about- but it could just be the summer. Now the electricity has been turned off as well- it is 100+ degrees this week! I can only imagine the conditions in that home.
I don't know if we should get involved. On the one hand, those kids can't be too happy- but what if I call social services and they take the kids & end up somewhere worse. But what if it gets them assistance to get the utilities back on? I thought about giving the landlord a heads up- I have spoken to them in the past so they know who I am- but that seems rather busy body-ish. "Oh hey, just so you know, your tenants have no utilities. Hope that doesn't come back on you!" And just what would they be able to do any way? Or we can just sit back and do nothing and let this all play out on it's own.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. Part of me says just leave it all alone. However, I now worry about the health hazards that home poses to ours if they continue to have to live like that. But really, how much longer can things go on like that right? Maybe the landlord already knows and isn't planning on renewing their lease. Maybe they have already applied for public assistance and are waiting on the results.