Move to another apartment in the same neighborhood to escape landlord?
July 9, 2014 4:36 PM Subscribe
I need to decide by tomorrow whether to move out of my apartment (in September). Dislike the landlord, who lives above me, but the place is nice and my daughter was born there. My old landlord, who I like a lot, has a place for rent. Details below:
posted by betsbillabong to Home & Garden (18 answers total)
I am thinking of moving and have to decide fast. My landlord is frankly kind of a jerk, a young guy with a muscle t-shirt who lives in the upstairs apt and sometimes plays loud videogames, though he always turns it down if I ask. To be fair he has been good about shoveling snow, turning down his music, taking care of repairs, etc. He hasn't been a terrible landlord; I think he just has no social skills. We share a driveway which is enough of a pain, but he didn't tell me before I moved that he also likes to take his big loud motorcycle out of the garage all the time. Plus he is planning on getting a new car and putting it in the garage, which means my car will always have to be moved. He is willing to move my car himself, but he leaves it running in the street while he moves his own car, and I worry that it will be stolen! Though he may change that behavior if I ask. And I worry that if he changes his mind about moving the car himself, I'll be screwed - I can't leave the baby alone in the house and go out to the street. Driveway yes; street, no. There have been a few times when I forgot to leave the key in its special spot, and he delivered a new lease to me this week tgat includes this crazy clause about how if I forget to leave the key in the spot for him to move the car, he will fine me $100 each time. Which I think is ridiculous. I don't fine him $100 everytime he wakes my kid up with his motorcycle or doesn't get to shoveling the snow before he goes to work. Also, he didn't put anything about moving the car himself in the lease. I would be screwed if he changed his mind on that one... I can't go move the car out to the street and leave the baby alone in the house.
I ran into my old landlord who is a sweetheart recently and he offered me one of his apartments, which also has a great location. His daughter and her boyfriend live upstairs - I am guessing they're very nice (his youngest daughter was friends with some of my students, and was really nice). It has a nice but small backyard and I have friends who all live within a few blocks, a bit closer than where I am now. There is a toddler playground next door (vs half a block away where I am now, so not too different there). The rent is the same plus gas heat (not oil) which will be much cheaper in winter. The problem? It's much smaller, and not *quite* as nice. But I could imagine doing cookouts etc with the upstairs neighbors. Maybe. But who knows, I haven't met them yet.
He also has a 3BR for the same rent a few blocks in the other direction which I saw this afternoon, just a few blocks from where I presently live but much closer to busy streets. It was big and light but had fake wood floors and I'm not crazy about being on a busier street, just a block from a big gas station. Afterwards he lent me the key to the first place and I went back and measured, and realized the rooms are really small. The bedrooms are only 7x9 feet. I am not sure I can fit a queen bed, a crib, and a dresser in one of them. But at the time I got a great vibe and went and brought the keys back to him, had a beer and watched the World Cup with him, and told him I wanted the apartment.
And then. I came home, and realized the rooms here are literally twice the size and much nicer (the floor has a pretty serious slant there, old house). And started thinking that maybe this will be a lot of change for Baby H on top of me starting work the same month, maybe I love living one block from a big park, maybe I can live with the motorcycle till October or whenever it gets cold. I started remembering Baby H as a tiny newborn here and feeling sad about leaving. I really like my next door neighbors - stay at home dad with two young kids who has been super sweet. I dunno. If it was a big beautiful apartment there would be no doubt. But I'm feeling unsure. And I need to decide by tomorrow!
Also, the old/new landlord is not perfect. He is a really nice guy, and I'm on great terms with him, but sometimes he was slow to repair stuff (I lived in one of his places a few years ago, for three years).
Would it be reasonable to ask him to add the thing about his taking responsibility for moving the car to the lease? I'm also not happy that unlike most landlords he is only renewing the lease on a year to year basis (in the past after the first year it has gone to month-to-month so I could for instance live somewhere for 4 1/2 years).
Thoughts? Am I crazy to think about moving? I need to decide by tomorrow (Thu). I don't think I have the time/energy to mount a whole apartment search - this just seemed easy because it fell into my lap.