How to deal diplomatically with zealous environmentalist landlady?
April 20, 2014 11:41 AM Subscribe
Mrs. HeroZero and I just moved into a lovely new Chicago apartment about two months ago. However, our landlady (who lives on the third floor of this three-flat apartment building) has passionate environmentalist feelings. Though we share many aspects of her politics, it's made certain aspects of living here difficult.
- The hot tap water comes out at no more than 91 degrees. Per section 13-196-420 of this ordinance, it's supposed to come out at 120 degrees. I measured it with an oral thermometer, so I'm not sure how accurate that is, but still...it's cold.
- Heat is included in the rent. Usually in Chicago, this means that the heat comes out of radiators, but this building has forced air with a thermostat. She has programmed the thermostat so we can only turn it up so high...I think it says sixty-nine degrees. In my last apartment, sixty-nine degrees felt a whole lot warmer than this.
- The washer/dryer is in an uninsulated part of the basement and only uses cold water. I would be fine with only doing cold water washes, but limited googling seems to imply that even cold washes need hot water to work properly. One time in February, I forgot about a load and left it in the washer overnight, and it was frozen solid by morning.