Sunday, May 18, 2008

It just keeps getting better

So today we discovered a lovely secret about our apartment. Not only do all of the bedroom doors lock, they lock with keys! So, what this means is that if you were to, say, lock yourself out of your room, you would need a key to get back in. You can't just jimmy the lock with a hanger.

How did we find this out? Well, Marshy-marsh locked himself in his room. Yes, by himself. Don't ask me how, I have no idea! He can't even turn the door knob. You have to push and then turn the knob in order to get it to lock, so I don't know how it happened.

We hurried and called our land lady. Oh she is so great! NOT! She kept the keys, and each door has a different key! Then, to top it all off, she can hear Marshy screaming hysterically that he is locked in, but says "Well, I guess you just don't figure they can do things that they can. I have the keys at home, but I'm not home. I can probably get them all down to you next week sometime." When we asked her if she would deduct a locksmith from our rent, or at least reimburse us some of the cost, she replied "Well, it depends on how much it is. I'd have to think about it."

WHAT THE HECK!! What kind of landlady is she? First of all, we should have received the keys the day we moved in. I mean, she's not living here, so why does she need the keys? Secondly, she could hear him screaming, and all she could say was "Well, I can get the keys to you next week."

Anyway, after calling 8 locksmiths, we finally found one who was willing to make a call (even though they are all listed as 24/7 locksmiths!). He only charged us $48.00, too. He was a really nice old man. He took 5 seconds to pop the lock open. Marshy was standing on the other side of the door, smiling from ear to ear. I'm sending our rent payment off this week, and let me tell you, I am sending her a copy of the invoice and asking her to pay half. Don't you think that's fair? I'd love to hear your opinions on the matter, just leave a comment!

8 comments:

Melanie said...

More than fair. We have a policy that management and tenants cannot install locks on their indoor doors for that EXACT reason. I'm not even kidding, I had to tell a new move-in this just three days ago. If your landlady was aware of the locks she has to be responsible for them. That means giving you keys up front, giving you keys at the time you need them or, in this case, reimbursing you FULLY for the irresponsible nature in which she seems to be running her property. Seriously, she sounds like a nightmare.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Definately fair. How can you have locks on your doors with no keys? That doesn't make an ounce of sense.

petersons said...

You live in dysfunction junction. Crappy neighbors, landlord and railroad tracks. I'd be making her pay for the entire thing. Since when do you have bedroom doors w/ seperate locks? That's gay.

Neil said...

That makes living with a little dog sound like childs play. You are right....she owes you. So sad for Marshy..MUM

Hey It's Di said...

I think she should pay for all of it since it's her locked door & no keys for you to access. She definitely should take the locks off or at least leave the keys. Loser, dork head lady!

Kathi D said...

I think she owes you ALL of it! It's her fault you don't have the keys!

DAJP said...

I can't believe that the landlady would do that, I'm sorry that's not easy dealing with those kind of people. I don't know what I would have done, thats gotta be scary when you can't get to your kid and they're locked in a room. I hope things get better.

dana wyzard said...

So, which side of the door were the hinges? lol I've never heard of inside doors with keys, unless it is an old rooming house that has been remodeled.