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Old 11-21-2008, 12:02 PM   #16
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Get it inspected and get ready to move. Get the heck out of there. Dorf Dude

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Yes, I know the gaps were there when I moved in. I did not notice them before when they first showed us the apartment, and to be honest, they did not bother me at all, until I ...

1. Started getting bats in my apartment
2. Started to smell the musty smell from the gaps, in addition to the cigarette smell seeping in from neighbor's downstair apartment
3. It got cold and the drafts from the gaps are unbearable

I don't see anything unfair. Especially when AFTER I moved in, my neighbors told me that the last person left because of all the bats that would come in the apt.! And since my husband is allergic to mold and cigarette smoke, etc!
You'll have to forgive the thekctermite. He's heavily sedated after being decked by a power tool. Obviously it didn't knock any sense,"into" him.
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Old 11-21-2008, 06:00 PM   #18
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So are you letting the landlord attempt to fix the issue? It really doesn't matter whether you think it will work, you need to let him try and then follow up with him if it doesn't work. If I was a landlord and you ran to the government before letting me try to fix it I would not be happy.

How did this place compare to others that rented for the same amount?
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Spray foam and duct tape do not fix a sagging structure. You should not worry about hurting the landlords feelings. That place is a huge liability lawsuit waiting to happen. Your health and personal safety are at risk. Please put your location in your profile. You should be ready to move because the structure will have to be gutted and maybe even torn down. Good luck with this mess, Dorf Dude...
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Okay everybody--
This is what I'm gonna do- I'm gonna let the landlord try and fix it, but I MUST insist that he does not stuff fiberglass insulation in the cracks and cover it with tape. Heck, if that is all that he can do, I would rather he NOT attempt that. First of all, he is not a professional. Second of all, after doing some research, and with the knowledge that he is not a professional, I do not feel safe with him handling fiberglass in the apt. I don't want to be exposed to fiberglass, as it is full of chemicals and it would not be sealed properly if it just covered with tape. Anyone here work with fiberglass? I think this beyond reasonable.

SIGH.
I have tried to be very nice about everything, and the landlord has fixed lots of other things, such as leaky pipes, door knobs, etc, but seems conveniently ignorant about the MAJOR issues.

I just have to make my apt. as livable as it can be for the time I have to live here, even if that means just filling the cracks temporarily to get rid of the drafts and smell.
My family just has so much going on in our lives, that it is a burden trying to deal with this.
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How did this place compare to others that rented for the same amount?
I have seen worse and I have seen better. I don't see how this is relevant to my problem. Although, with all the problems it does have, I wish the rent was cheaper!
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Here's another dumb question,,,when you "jump" on the floor in that very area,,what happens?? Are the floors that weak they crack,groan, or excessively feel NON supported??

Fiberglass insulation isnt al THAT bad,let him do that and IF it doesnt cure the smell ,bats, and drafts,take tape off one side, foam it,trim that,,,and put back same type of tape same way IF you cant just peel back and reuse same tape. THEN landlord wont know,wont care till after lease is up and your GONE!! The foam should keep the worst of it OUT till lease is up. START looking ahead of time so your boxed and ready to go when the DAY arrives(Giving him proper notice of course)

A agree,,,calling the building inspector guys is a recipe for disaster without giving him at LEAST a couple chances. IF the bounce test tells you its READY to collapse ,,,THATS another story!!!
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Here's another dumb question,,,when you "jump" on the floor in that very area,,what happens?? Are the floors that weak they crack,groan, or excessively feel NON supported??

Fiberglass insulation isnt al THAT bad,let him do that and IF it doesnt cure the smell ,bats, and drafts,take tape off one side, foam it,trim that,,,and put back same type of tape same way IF you cant just peel back and reuse same tape. THEN landlord wont know,wont care till after lease is up and your GONE!! The foam should keep the worst of it OUT till lease is up. START looking ahead of time so your boxed and ready to go when the DAY arrives(Giving him proper notice of course)

A agree,,,calling the building inspector guys is a recipe for disaster without giving him at LEAST a couple chances. IF the bounce test tells you its READY to collapse ,,,THATS another story!!!
SIGH. No, the floor is fine. They creak like normal wood floors in old buildings. Don't worry, I am not gonna fall through the floor. How do you know fiberglass is not that bad? I have done a lot of research. I don't want those fibers around, I am very sensitive to chemicals, and I doubt he would stuff it in good or seal it properly, he is disabled (can't bend down or get on his knees) so I don't how he is going to get on the floor and fill the gaps in my baseboards, not to mention he is not a professional. Last time, he just stuffed some of the gaps with steel wool, and I had to pull that out cause it rusted.
I am NOT trying to give the landlord a hard time. I just want the gaps sealed! I was going to do it myself in fact! Just something temporary until we can get out of here! In fact, I am so disgusted, that I feel like going around right now, and just taping it all over myself.

I am so disgusted. I am smart enough to know that that this is not a real "emergency," per se, and I would never stay anywhere with unstable floors. I do value my life.
Thank you for everyone's suggestions/input, and I will post the outcome.
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Have him spray foam the cracks, much better coverage and no itchy stuff.
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Have him spray foam the cracks, much better coverage and no itchy stuff.

Well, I did ask him to use that stuff before. However, he said it was a problem to use spray foam, "In case they have to ever get in there to do something." Huh????? Why for God's sake, would you need to get behind the baseboards? Except possibly to remove them?? And besides, if they ever did need to get in there, the spray foam can simply be cut away. UGH.

I will try to get him to consider spray foam again.
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Well, I did ask him to use that stuff before. However, he said it was a problem to use spray foam, "In case they have to ever get in there to do something." Huh????? Why for God's sake, would you need to get behind the baseboards? Except possibly to remove them?? And besides, if they ever did need to get in there, the spray foam can simply be cut away. UGH.

I will try to get him to consider spray foam again.
Some people just don't like new fangled stuff.

He does have a point though in working to get into it if something needs to be worked on. You can't find wire or plumbing easily with foam.

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