Sept. 12, 2021

what time is it when an elephant sits on your house

Today, another update: It could be "weeks or months" before the apartment building is cleared for habitation. Also, the city has discontinued occupancy inspections for the other buildings in the apartment complex, meaning we can't transfer to any of them either.

Great, just great.

To get more of the story, I sent an email to the city's chief building officer, requesting more information. He essentially confirmed my suspicions that this isn't mostly about the fire, it's about the buildings' preexisting condition (mold, plumbing, etc.). Our slumlords have been slacking on fixing anything for years and they're finally being held to account.

...But it bodes badly for us actually getting to move back home. Guess it’s time to start finding a new apartment. Sad though. I’ll miss the old place; I doubt we can get anywhere else with nearly as good a location.

When you think about it, we (the residents collectively) are to blame for our own current lack of homes. On the day of the fire, we all stood around in the parking lot loudly complaining about the condition of the building, and city officials heard us and took it to heart. Now we’ve got nothing. I’d rather be back home, despite periodic unannounced water outages and slow maintenance requests and all the other small issues, than not have anything at all. I wonder if we’d just kept our mouths shut if we could’ve been back home weeks ago.

Written by Achaius

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JustMegawatt
Posted On Sep 15, 2021

At least you survived! Here's to a new beginning!

Achaius
Posted On Sep 16, 2021

@JustMegawatt For sure! A new chapter in life. Who knows, maybe I'll find a place that's great and look back and say I'm so glad I moved out.

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