Thank you Creative. If the tenants in this building abided by the rules that are in place by HUD (Housing Urban Development) and made no repairs on their own, then this building would become a slum real quick. Kayelle fails to realize that we ALL come here to die. We can't make the repairs our self. Not when the average age here is 85. So when any of us have children that do not want to see their parents die in a slum, then they make the repairs for them. I am very fortunate I have two children that are in the trades. One is a contractor and the other is a plumber. Any repairs that I have them make are done at the expense of my kids, not HUD. Sometimes when I hear of a tenant that can't open the window in order to get some fresh, I ask Spike to put some graphite on their window tracks. He does it willingly. At no cost to the tenant or me. He pays for the graphite out of his own pocket. That is the job for maintenance to do. Maintenance is paid by HUD.
We have two inspections of our apartments each year. One by maintenance and one by HUD. Maintenance saw that the toilet seat was completely broken off. Fortunately, Spike had already bought a new and better one and was going to install it that night. They marked it on the sheet that the seat needed to be replaced, but no mention of when. I didn't tell them about Spike having already bought one and was going to fix it that night. I still haven't heard a word about them giving me a new one. That was in May. Hud will be here in August. I should take off the seat and let them see what is written on my copy of what needed to be replaced. BTW, we have a law in this state, that every time there is a change in tenancy, the toilet seat is to be replaced. That has NEVER happened since this building has been opened for senior citizens.
When my toilet was leaking, I noticed that there was mold growing on the floor around the toilet. Each day it got bigger. Maintenance tried to tell me it was my dirt. I needed to wash the floor more often. I ended up calling the Mayor's Office for the Elderly and put in a complaint. Within two hours maintenance was here and they removed the toilet and saw that the wax ring was completely worn away and that they could smell the mold. It got fixed along with a whole new floor. I shouldn't have had to call the Mayor's office at all.
I can't stand to see these tenants going without when it is not necessary. I will admit I can be a trouble maker. I am the one that every new tenant that moves in, comes to for an application for food stamps. I am the one they come to when they need something fixed and maintenance will not do it. I tell them how to go about getting it done.
It is bad enough knowing that we all come here to die. Let us die in dignity.