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What did you learn from all this ?

Posted by Real Estate Mogul on February 19, 2001 at 21:57:32:

In Reply to: Re: Shady landlord in Greater Boston area posted by Todd Palino on February 18, 2001 at 14:37:09:

Rather than focus on how awful your landlord was, why not think about what you've learned from this, so that others may learn from your mistakes ?

Obviously you signed a lease on an apartment despite some reservations becuase you desperately needed a place. Next time be less desperate (and more particular) when looking for a place.

I find it odd that you looked for a reasonably priced flat in Cambridge, one of the hottest real estate markets in the Boston area, and home to Harvard University. If you really want a reasonably priced apartment that welcomes pets, why did you not consider other neighborhoods like South Boston ? I have some good friends who grew up in that neighborhood and who love it.

In any case, I'm glad you're getting a better place.

: : It sounds and looks horrible. So why did you take it to begin with? Did you think this frog would turn into a prince? Never happens. I just can't begin to understand why someone would accept such a place, sign a contract and then complain about it!!!

: 1) I didn't know about the extent of the problems until now. Initially, I thought that this was just an old house, and there were
: a few issues like the settling wall (which I didn't know was water damage) and the sticky kitchen door. It was only after living here
: for a while that I found the rest of the problems, and only until I investigated those that I found the lead paint and foundation problems. If I had known about those problems beforehand, I would never have signed a lease.

: 2) The rental market in Boston is very tight. Places that are pet friendly disappear from the market almost instantly. I counted myself lucky to see the listing for this place as soon as it came up. Heck, I was even trying to find a place to buy up here, and I was having problems with HOA restrictions and finding a place within my price range.

: 3) As far as why I stayed this long, it goes back to the rental market. I only just now found somewhere for us to move to.

: :Be careful what you place on your website so it cannot be used as fodder for a slander lawsuit. Its bad enough that you've had the problems you've already had with him. It serves no purpose to drag it out even farther.

: Yup, I'm very aware of this. First off, it's libel (since slander is spoken and libel is written). Second off, he'd have to prove that 1) it's not true, and 2) it wasn't clear that it was my opinion. I've been very careful on the website to mark at the bottom of every page that everything is my opinion, and I've additionally noted it on things like the Problems page. I know the difference between "This is a code violation" and "It's my opinion that this is a code violation".

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