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July 2nd, 2008


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10:21 am - Horrid News - forced to move
teaotter posted the basics in this post. I've never had anything remotely like this happen to me in more than 30 years of renting. The letter was sent the day they had someone come over to fix a minor plumbing problem, and the evening after we called about that problem and a problem with an electrical socket. I can construct all manner of scenarios as for the reason for us being kicked out on July 30 - perhaps we called maintenance too often, perhaps the maintenance person saw something that he reported that instantly caused them to kick us out (which is nothing particularly different from the various other times over the last 3 years and 9 months that we've been here), or perhaps they merely want to renovate the place and raise the rent because of the housing bust and rise in demand for rental units. Ultimately it doesn't fucking matter. What does matter is that we need to have a place to move in slightly less than four weeks days. I won't miss this building, but teaotter and I have done a lot of gardening (it's not really amberite's thing) and I'll miss the garden - both the plants that were here when we arrived, that I've nursed back to vibrant health and various ones we planted (both perennial spices and the tomatoes, beans, and basil for this Fall). Also, since we want to stay in this neighborhood and rents have gone up (due to the housing bubble bursting), so we are likely looking at moving from a large three bedroom house (or more accurately the bottom floor of such a house) into a smaller and likely 2 bedroom house or apartment. It's very rare indeed for me to say that life deeply sucks, but today and for the next few weeks, it most definitely will.

As a sidenote, if any Portland residents know of a current rental that is at least 2 bedrooms, for less than $1200/month in inner NE or SE, west of 39th and between Hawthorne and Glisan (or near that) let me know asap.
Current Location: a home that no longer feels like one
Current Mood: indescribableindescribable

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From:pyat
Date:July 2nd, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
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Best of luck to you. I wish I could help out in a more practical sense, more than saying something like "Houses are cheap in Hamilton!" or something.
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From:lyssabard
Date:July 2nd, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
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My friend, I am so sorry this happened to your guys, but I have the utmost faith that, despite the massive suck, things will work out.
*HUG*
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From:heavenscalyx
Date:July 2nd, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
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Augh! What a horrible management group. I hope they get their karma back in spades.

Best of luck in the apartment hunt and landing on your feet, and I hope the move goes as smoothly as it possibly can.
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From:siderea
Date:July 2nd, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC)
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How horrible! I'm appalled that this is legal where you are. Good luck finding new digs.
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From:moominmuppet
Date:July 2nd, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC)
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Like I said to teaotter, you're living my personal nightmare. Many *hugs*, and I'm thinking of you. Wish I could be doing more!
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From:sola
Date:July 2nd, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
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That is sincerely fucked up. I hope they overpay for the reno and the apartment lies vacant for all time. Here, the law favors tenants so heavily that landlords have to basically get a crowbar and a team of lawyers to get you out of an apartment, but NYC's been dealing with apartment living since the 1700s. Guess the owners have a stronger lobby in Portland.


Personally, i would get my own lawyer, but more than likely the emotional damage has already been done. I'm very sorry about your plants; i'll probably cry when we have to leave this garden.


If there's been a housing bust, it can't hurt to glance at the houses while you're looking, too. You never know.
From:dsgood
Date:July 2nd, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
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Sorry to hear that.

Note: In Minneapolis, the falling condo market has increased the number of rentals. Buildings intended to be condos haven't sold enough, and the owners figure rentals are better than bankruptcy.
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From:maxomai
Date:July 2nd, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
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While you're looking, I might suggest expanding your search area to south of Powell between Milwaukie and 20th. There are some VERY nice and affordable neighborhoods there, and in a few areas tree frogs are present (it's a nice touch).
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From:lupagreenwolf
Date:July 2nd, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
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This really, really sucks ***hugs*** I'm so sorry this happened.
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From:silverback2001
Date:July 2nd, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
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*hugs tight* I'm sorry that this happened, and good luck finding a new place. I hope you find a place quickly, but if that doesn't happen, you all are more than welcome to crash here.
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From:silverback2001
Date:July 2nd, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
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Also, we have LOTS of boxes, and once Erelin has his car cleaned out, we can bring you what you need. Big boxes, small boxes, etc. Just let us know when would be good for you guys, and what kind of boxes you still need.
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From:heron61
Date:July 2nd, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
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That would be wonderful, we have most of the boxes we used moving in, but more are definitely good.
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From:helen99
Date:July 2nd, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
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Good grief. July 30?? What is wrong with these people? I guess they never heard of being decent to fellow human beings. As I told teaotter this makes me angry.
From:5eh
Date:July 2nd, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
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I am sorry to hear this, wish I lived closer and could pitch in more than conversationally here :-(

Best wishes!
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From:heron61
Date:July 2nd, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
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Completely. Oregon is a wonderful place to live, but tenants rights deeply suck.
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From:used_songs
Date:July 2nd, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
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I'm so sorry to hear this. I wish there was something I could do to help.

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