We will be living in one room of the house soon

@SomeCowgirl (32273)
United States
July 18, 2012 12:46pm CST
why? becuase the rest of the house will be condemned. I do exxagerate, but honestly the place I live in now, the person who owns it won't let anything get fixed. EVEN if he doesn't have to pay for it at all. It's ridiculous. There's a shower that has been broke since I was like 6 or 8 somewhere around there. I'm now 25! It's not been fixed. Toilets need fixing, showers, air conditioners, walls... Floors! Won't allow it, and it's getting annoying. To take a shower I go to the only one that really works (that has a piece of duct tape on the floor because if we step on that spot it could cave in) and I have to keep the bathroom door partially opened because the flooring right outside of it is broke and we can't shut the door past it! Talk about never having privacy to pee, poop or shower! I am sitting here with the light off and the fan over head on high so that I don't get too hot as the air is barely putting out. The ridiculous thing is, it's costing the person MORE money if he ever does get it fixed. WHY? the longer you leave it, and the more times you "jimmy rig" it, then the more it will mess up and the more that needs to be fixed, aka MORE EXPENSE! People have told me I need to move out, I just don't have the saving power to do that. I also need to do a few other things for myself, like get my license, get a car...
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@celticeagle (115058)
• Boise, Idaho
18 Jul 12
This sounds totally unsafe! You don't necessarily need a license or a car to get out on your own. You can walk, take a bus, taxi, etc. I would think very seriously about getting out of there. I can't believe your parents or whomever lead the household would this situation get so bad. That is so sad.
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
19 Jul 12
It's my grandparents. The problem is I can't afford the places around where I work even if I was making more. The closest place I could afford would be in another county (ideally where I want to live) but then that'd be a taxi every day and it'd get out of hand. I couldn't walk to that job. If I were to successfully get a job at another store closer to where I live then that'd be better, but it's still quite a bit of a walk from where I'd be living.... I'm picky about where I want to live that's the biggest thing.
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@celticeagle (115058)
• Boise, Idaho
19 Jul 12
I would be too. I just see your ongoing frustrations and wish you could get into a pace of your own. Hope it happens for you at some point.
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@GardenGerty (91010)
• Marion, Kansas
20 Jul 12
I can see your reluctance to leave someone else behind who might need a better place as well. Is your grandfather suffering from dementia? He sounds like he is quite out of it.
@GardenGerty (91010)
• Marion, Kansas
20 Jul 12
Living there would make me crazy. Mine is almost that bad, but the toilets, sinks, tubs, showers all work. So do the appliances. You need to find a way to get out.
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@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
20 Jul 12
I know I do. I feel sorry for those I'd be leaving behind. It's not fit for them to live in but nothing can be done because the one won't allow anything to be fixed.
• United States
18 Jul 12
I am older than you are and do not have my license either so please do not feel bad. I am sorry that you are living in such horrbible conditions and wish that whoever owns the house will fix the place. I know that it is hard finding a place to live and it does take a lot of money to do so. I wish you could live somewhere else, but believe me I do understand.
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@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
19 Jul 12
In a way I want to move desperately, be out on my own and be able to do my own thing. However, at the same time I know if I do that I will be leaving one family member here, and she's the only that understands completely how it is here. Heck she's married to the problem! I still need to find my own place, but where I live now, there is no "section 8" in this county. the next county over is where Ideally want to reside anyway but then that's a lot of things to move and then getting approved to live there etc.. It's a big hassle. I'm glad someone understands, I've had some rather presumptuous comments on this discussion already!
• United States
18 Jul 12
If you live in the States, you can take the cost of repairs out of your rent in most places. If you need to repair things on your own then you give the landlord receipts and take that amount out of your rent. It is his responsibility to keep your home in functioning condition. You can also notify your local city and the city inspectors who handle rental properties. The home should be inspected every year or two in order to be a rental. The city will require repairs to be made and the landlord can get serious fines for not doing it. If you can't do all of that, it may be better to be homeless for a period of time instead of staying in a place like that.
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
18 Jul 12
One word : FAMILY.. I live with family. I don't rent. I don't even PAY rent.
• United States
18 Jul 12
I don't quite understand, if you live with family and don't even pay rent how are you not able to save and find your own place? I think if it is that bad you would get it together and get your own place you are plenty old enough after all. I am sure there has to be some sort of subsidized housing that you could find and go on your income and then you could still have enough to save for your license and such. You don't want to keep putting these things off as you only get older and harder to get out and do and if you put yourself in a situation where you get used to living with family for free and not getting out to get your license, your own place etc you never will!
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• United States
18 Jul 12
I"m surprised you don't have your license yet. I think I was on my 2nd or 3rd car by the time I was your age. I don't think I'd want to stay there either. Maybe he's waiting for you to move out to do the repairs instead of doing them while you are there so he can charge you for all the "damage". When in doubt couldn't you guys contact the city or health department of him being a slum lord?
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
18 Jul 12
Can they throw a slum family member in jail because thats who e is. Its his house, and regardless when i wasnt living here it turned to shiit.
@KrauseHome (33371)
• United States
20 Jul 12
Personally sounds like a SLUM Lord more than anything else, and why would someone live there this long and not say anything further and make some phone calls? It really does sound like a report is in order in order to help get this place up to code where it should be, or be condemned. It would due the owner justice to get this done, and have them turned in as who knows how many others they are doing this too. This just would never fly around here.