Moving in problems
August 11, 2014 11:18 AM Subscribe
There are a couple issues with the apartment we are moving into today- what to do?
My boyfriend and I are moving into an apartment today in St. Louis, MO. We flew out and visited in June and met with the realtor who is also the landlord-contact who showed us this place. We noticed some dog poop piles in the backyard but were only out there briefly- admittedly we were pretty starry-eyed about the location. After getting here today and starting to move stuff in I'm really stressed out about two big problems: one, the basement door is very broken, with holes in the concrete around it, the doorknob is falling off and it is very kick-in-able. Two, the backyard is a stinky sea of decaying and fresh dog poop, clumps of pet hair, flies, and old discarded rugs, including our portion of the fire escape/back door porch area that we share with another apartment.
The door seems like a pretty straightforward problem the realty co should fix, and if not could be decent grounds for us to request to break the lease. The dog poop/trashed yard thing seems like something we wouldn't be able to maintain without constantly picking up neighbors' dog doo or constantly arguing with them over it. This strikes me as a reason we should just try to back out of our lease right now before getting any deeper into this shitty (heh) situation. The yard just stinks (summer heat I'm sure is not helping) and while I'm fine with sharing a yard with dogs I was hoping to use the yard myself for grilling, etc.
my boyfriend and I are arguing about it- I want to try to back out of our lease now before we get in too deep, he wants to just live with the poopy and stinky yard/porch, move our stuff in and request to fix the door. I could really use some advice here. Should I just move in and anticipate a year of cleaning up feces? Or is this enough of a lease dealbreaker-combo that it's worth trying to escape from?