Tuesday, April 6, 2010

So why inspect the apartment while I am still living in it?

So I have not even begone to move out of here yet. I gave the end of the month as the date I will be vacating on the proper form and all that. But instead of waiting until I am out of here and the place is properly cleaned, they are inspecting tomorrow (Apr 07, 2010). The best part is I can't find one person that has gotten the damage deposit back from these Zarkor people. This does not make sense at all.

By the way, this is a photo of the stairs to the basement apartments from the front of the building. You will notice the vast amount of dirt and the piles of rubbish on the stairs. There is also I light at the end of the hall that has been out for several weeks now (they have been informed - against safety regulations); The light over the pull for the fire alarm is out on this floor for several months (this is against code); Downstairs there is a bike blocking the fire door (another violation); The ventilation on this floor and the next one up is not working (code violation) - the list is very long.

I am wondering why no one is getting back their deposit. They have a shorter time span to do so than they have been taking in many cases that I know of. So if they think they are going to fuck me over they may get a surprise. Now the disability people have a letter of guarantee for $307 of the deposit and I payed the rest ($60) and it is $50 to file a complaint - so that is not much of an option. But if they go after that $307 then this is going to be a fight I will gladly give them. There will be photos to spare, of the apartment after it is clean and some of the stuff around here that needs to be fixed up and cleaned up.

All in all I think I am going to put on the gay pride wrist band and be as obvious as possible tomorrow. Just to see if he is homophobic or not. You know just for the LULS... I know that is not nice, but it is funny...

I can't see any problems, but I am up for a fight as well. Peace and good life - Dave :)

Saturday, April 3, 2010

So just when you think it is safe...

So just when you think it is safe and you have a good place to live for a long time, reality comes and slaps your face a good one. I just found out that when the rent in the new building I am moving to goes up, it will go up $300. Now this is way the hell out of my price range for sure.

This was my last hops for a safe and affordable place to live in Moose Jaw. What can I say – Greed is the greatest motivator in the lives of all the building owners in this city I guess. After all, when you are making a good profit at $500 for rent, why do you need to charge $800?

This leaves me with no options that are safe and good for my disability at all. I can’t afford to be taking a cab downtown to shop and to see Mom and help her out all the time. So I would be stuck with not helping her at all. This is a great loss for the both of us and she may have to go to a care facility in that event.

The other part of this being a horrible thing is safety. The buildings that are in affordable range are almost all not safe to your health, not to mention the great risk of being robbed. This would leave me in some rat whole trying not to get my stuff taken all the time. Fear would be with me all of the time and I would be afraid to leave the apartment.

The other option is to be in someone home in a basement or something. This may be a much safer option, but it would be far from downtown and travel expenses would cut into my ability to buy food and such. In any event I would most likely not be able to be with Mom every day as she needs. She would not have me to help her and there is no one else to do so.

When the average low end rent in the city is $750 and the amount I get from disability is only $480 there is a problem here to say the least. It is far past time for the government to get off their ass and wake up to the situation of sky rocketing rents in this province. We are human beings and we have the right to be safe in our accommodations. This does not mean that we are huddling from the cold drafts in some 8 x 10 room watching the pain peel off the walls. Get responsible people and wake up.