Dealing With a Slumlord in the Big City
In a city overrun with students and landlords who don’t prioritize the well-being of their tenants, this couple struggles with a host of pests, a noisy nightclub next door, and a landlord who tries to increase the rent and trap them in a lease. They lived in a city dense with students, so every landlord was a slumlord. The landlords were an Indian family who had a little rental business and some large apartment houses. After they moved into a ground floor studio it became immediately apparent the place was dumpy. It had two species of roaches, house centipedes, mice, spiders, flies, and squirrels. They also lived next to a nightclub that was loud and full of drunks who did coke and shot each other 12 feet from the apartment window. The lease did not specify a required date to provide move-out notice. So, she only gave a 35-day notice after securing another apartment. The landlord said that was too late and they re-signed the lease in her name and bumped the rent up by $150. They threatened to sue, and the landlord immediately backed down.