landlords and the fridge from hell

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moonmatrix
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   Posted 3/22/2009 6:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I have this evil fridge with a freezer the size of a shoe box. The freezer causes frost burn on everything and now the fridge is freezing everything. The means I soaked overnight are frozen solid! I had them on the top shelve of my fridge. Everything on that shelve is now gone. I need to put stuff on that shelve because it hurts to much to bend down. The landlord refuses to replace this fridge. What a way to wake up I tell you.I spent the night listening to people partying in the hallways outside my door most of the night. Pipes banging. I can't afford to move nor can I physically. Beyond stressed allready and my day has to begin. I can't afford to lose food like this. Not when I lost mostly fruit and veggies. nono nono nono Grr fight with landlord again tomorrow I guess because I know section 8 will do nothing about it. I am calling them and seeing if I can get a food voucher. Food bank will do me no good with the strict diet I have.
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donnaeil
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   Posted 3/22/2009 2:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Your apartment is section 8 and they will not do anything about it? Gee, what state do you live in.

Okay. You can call the city or local government to complain. We have a Mayor's office of Aging and disabilities where we can file reports and they in turn contact the landlord.

You can also call Habitat for Humanity and sign up for a house. They accept low income people who live in sub standard housing. they have assistance for mortgages too.

Good Luck, Donnaeil

moonmatrix
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   Posted 3/22/2009 3:24 PM (GMT -7)   
i live in ny, that should say it all. my county is so backlogged and corrupt nothing is ever done. This place is at least livable compared to actual section 8 housing. The city is broke and no one cares. Landlord get sa cheap fine that easier to pay then to fix anything. This landlord is a saint compared to the last two I had. I would move out of state if my whole family and support system wasn't here.
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Chutz
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   Posted 3/22/2009 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   
You might give your local Red Cross a call. They help in situations like this also. Hopefully they aren't as corrupt as the government agencies or landlords. Might also call Catholic Community Services. Don't have to be of that faith to get help.

Keep us posted,
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Hello~Kitty
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   Posted 3/22/2009 7:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Moon, I also live on section 8 in washington state, and the apartment before this (same apartments but diffrent complex) had a terrible fridge. I had one of those old fridges that has one door that you open, then their's this dinky little freezer inside that covered everything in ice, but the food would be soggy in the middle. Then about every 2 weeks, the ice would build up so much, I had to defrost the whole thing, which meant everything in the fridge would turn bad. It got to the point where I had to shop for frozen food when I needed it instead of doing one trip to the store every 2 weeks, which got annoying and even depressed me. I actually literally cried to the apts manager, and she told me too bad. I even had the section 8 people come look at it, and they said as long as it wasnt completly broken, their was nothing they could do. Then I moved out of town which quickly didnt work out, so I moved back, but go into a diffrent complex. Now this one has a more normal fridge, but the counters are all cracked (both of my kids have gotten hurt on the counters cause there is sharp edges), and thier's mold growing in the bathtub tiles, which I scrub and scrub and bought every cleaner known to man, even tried spraying it with bleach several times a day, and nothing works. Well they wont do nothing about it. And I just found out that our windows are not up to code, cause they are those windows that when they break have those long scary looking pieces, when they should be the ones that shatter into tiny pieces which is more safer. Also I did one of those home mold test kits, and the results of that was just plain nasty, every color and shape was on the little dish, so no wonder I suddenly devolped asthma in the past few years, could also explain why I'm always sick from bactria type illnesses. Just so depressing. Also I have neighbors that party ALL night, then you hear them all day yelling and threatening, even hitting their kids cause the parents are too hung over to take care of them. And yes, I have made quite a few calls to CPS. So I feel for you.

-hellokitty
26 year old Female , single mother of 2 kids, on SSI for migraines, pain, pancreas issues
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moonmatrix
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   Posted 3/22/2009 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I sometimes wonder if section 8 is a good idea at all. I am calling catholic charities tomorrow. Now that I have documented fibro they might be more helpful with food. My fridge is just the one you described above. My brother told me to cut the freon line, he is also a landlord I just can't rent from him under the rules. Even though it would be best for me. I am going to call my psych doc and get him to say living here is harmful to my health. They don't listen then, I can sue for disability discrimination. I have had it with this place. It is a high head place and because of the economy they are letting just anyone with cash move in. The place is going down hill fast. I need my sleep and I need my healthy food. Vegies and fruit are not cheap. I lose chicken if I have it in there more then a couple days. If I get the $250 stimulus check I may just buy a fridge. I hate to have to use it for that but it would end a tad bit of stress.
Mold is very dangerous. Call codes and family services. keep calling, they may get annoyed but this is your health and your children.
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Hello~Kitty
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   Posted 3/22/2009 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I know here this a law (not sure if it's everywhere or just here in WA) but if the fridge is considered unusuable (theirs has to be certain things wrong with it) and if they still wont replace it, then you have a right to replace it urself and get a refund within a certain amout of time from the landlord, if not then they will get a huge fine. So if I where you, I would find out if that law is in your area, and what the criteria is for it, and use it. And if your like me, and dont know anything about laws, then ask around, I'm sure alot of other people know or can find out for you, maybe even that church your going to call, but I'm sure theirs a 100 places you can call to find that out from. Oh yea, i forgot to mention in my last post, that when I moved out of that first apartment, they replaced the fridge, but they wouldnt do it when I was living there, it makes no sense. We have a new manager now, but I hear shes a dingdong, so I dont know if things will be any better with her, they're so cheap here. I was talking to my neighbor, who's an older man that lives by himself that suffers from PTSD from vietnam, and we where joking that this place is like an old dirty trailortrash park, it's that ghetto around here. And they think I'm "stuck up" cause I dont party like them, actually I dont party at all, and I complain about them all the time (which of course has done nothing). I seriously feel threatened by them, I double check that all my doors and windows are locked even when I take my garbage out, or step out to smoke cause alot of my neighbors have people around that will break in, I have seen them do it. I've even caught them trying to peek through my windows, one guy was standing there in the dark for only God knows how long, and when I finally saw him, he asked for a lighter, I yelled for him to go before I called the cops. Its too scary, and all because my SSI doesnt provide enough money for me to live in a safe normal place. I'm even embarrassed to tell people where I live.

-hellokitty
26 year old Female , single mother of 2 kids, on SSI for migraines, pain, pancreas issues
All the things broken with me: Migraines, Fibromyalgia, Chronic lower back pain that causes severe pain/numbness/tingling especially to my left leg, Genetic Pancreatic Divisum that causes chronic pancreatitas, Asthma, Depression w/Anxiety/panic attacks
Prescription Meds:Suboxone 24mgs daily, Cymbalta 60mg nightly, Lyrica 50mgs nightly, Imitrex as needed, Ibprofen 800 twice daily, Zanaflex as needed, Ventolin as needed for asthma attacks, Advair twice daily
Over the conter meds: Benadryl nightly for itching due to meds (not sure which one yet),
Surgeries: Gallbladder removed at 15 years old, 2 ERCPs, stent put in pancreas, countless upper GI scopes, Bartholin gland opened permanetly due to recurring painful cysts
Goals: to go to college next fall to be a nurse and get off of SSI
Wishful thinking: to not be in pain!!!


donnaeil
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   Posted 3/22/2009 9:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I grew up in NYC but live in Seattle. Here we have better social service agencies if you know where to look and ask. However, landlords will pull whatever they can.

Call a tenants hotline and fid out your rights.

Donnaeil

tyno3
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   Posted 3/23/2009 4:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Moonmatrix; I can help you with neighbors' noise. I lived with two teenagers so learned some noise reduction tricks. I put a fan in my room to generate "white noise". I rolled a bath towel up and stuck it under my door. That way all you get is the vibrations, which you'll likely get accustomed to. There is no point in confronting them, that will just create animosity. Also, the fridge. There are
lots of fruits and veg which do better outside of fridge; avacadoes, bananas, oranges (3-4 days) aples, same. Tomatoes, shouldn't be refrigerated at all.
We lost all our food reserves twice last year. Once to a flood again to a power outage. It is very upsetting. I also lived with fridge like you described for several years in college. Had to shop on a daily or every other day basis. Like i had the time, lol, or the energy. There is a furniture bank here, like a food bank, but people donate when they lose a loved one and have good working appliances they don't need. Or decide to redecorate, and the old appliances are not part of their design theme.(Must be nice). Sometimes, even, trade schools have appliances there students have fixed as part of their training. Keep looking. Try to adapt if you can, if not call on the support network you mentioned to help you move. Always section 8 will be problematic.
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moonmatrix
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   Posted 3/23/2009 6:02 AM (GMT -7)   
the fridge space and doorway are about 19 inches wide. yes seriously. so finding a decent used, i have tried. i have a noise machine and towel under door. the issue my bedroom is next to the side stairway. so everything echos through the wall.
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tyno3
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   Posted 3/23/2009 10:05 AM (GMT -7)   
It sounds like you hit a wall. That's my phase for a "biggy fix". I don't think you're going to be able to turn this around yourself. Community Development is needed., ya'll gotta hop on a band wagon and make some collective noise.

Hypothyroidism, Fibromyalgia, Facet Joint Syndrome, High Blood Pressure, menopause, Migraines, Chest Pain, Anxiety and Depression/BiPolar II
Synthyroid .075mg., estradiol.5 mgs., Amyltriptilene, 100mgs, bedtime, Tylenol 3 PRN (six-eight, daily), Valium 7.5mgs. daily prn. Flexeril, prn (not so helpful), Zoloft,150mgs., Zomig approx. 12 per month, prn., Meds for High Blood Pressure, vary.

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