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20 February 2009 @ 09:36 am
Oh, it is so time to get my awesome on.

Our landlord had estimated that we'd only have to give up $300 of our security deposit for not repainting our place, so we were all "sweet!" but then he called last night and said we'd have to pay them a bunch of money on TOP of our security depost, and we were all "BOGUS."

So, for those of you keeping track at home, in the next week, I must:

1) Paint new place.
2) Clean new place.
3) Separate and divide items between me & sister so we both have essentials like pots and pans and Christmas decorations.
4) MOVE.
5) Move sister's stuff into new place so that we can...
6) Paint old place.
7) Clean old place.
8) Move sister's stuff out of my new place and into a U-Haul for her exciting journey to Seattle.

OH YEAH, BABY. I think the thin line between epic win and epic fail will be STARBUCKS.
am: werk
feel: excitedPUMPED!
Human Collaborator Flunkie Pool!fic Muse: Dark bluejoyfulfeather on February 20th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
Yay! I know it's a lot, but you have a Plan! And it involves painting! And moving short distances! I'm excited for you. :D
Little Red: trek - ani awesome - rightoniconsmylittleredgirl on February 20th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
Hehehehe I love Plans! And very often have them. :)

They do not always work, but I love them while they last!!
Little Red: cheer - cleaning - foldedwingsmylittleredgirl on February 20th, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
And one of my living room walls? DARK BLUE!
stealth_rosestealth_rose on February 20th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
In Florida, if you've lived in a place for 3 years, they can't charge you to repaint. It's 'reasonable wear and tear'. :)

How long have you lived in your place? Do you know Oregon law? Maybe something like this will work for you.

*hugs and has my money on you, anyway*
Little Red: trek - eyebrows stun - twentystarmylittleredgirl on February 20th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, we've only been there 9 months or so. I can't even imagine living in the same place for 3 years, let alone living there without repainting a few times!

Thank you for the idea, though. :) I think we'll be able to bang it out. We'll have to prime the heck out of it to get over our bright colors, but it'll be an adventure. And a workout!!
Havochavocthecat on February 20th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
The hell? In this state, landlords are required to paint the walls themselves. And clean the carpets between tenants! They can deduct from your security deposit for major gouges, but not for NOT PAINTING.

You should contact a tenant advocacy group before you repaint.
Little Red: trek - mccoy is not an escalatormylittleredgirl on February 20th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, we painted it ourselves after we moved in, so they want us to get rid of the colored walls. It's pretty legit, as far as I see it.

Also, I'm still renting from them, and they're letting me move in to the other place with no fees, so I don't want to get all legal at them. I'm going to ask them for some extra time (for free) before we give up possession, though, to get the painting done... but at that point sis will be in Seattle and I have zero desire to paint the place by myself, so we'll bang it out now.
Havochavocthecat on February 20th, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
Oh! Well, that makes slightly more sense then. Maybe. How colorful are the walls? Like, really dark, or light enough that they could paint over them themselves? Not that it matters, really. You know what you're doing! I do know that! :)

It's just, well, I have this severe suspicion of landlords that try to get away with more than they should because my parents are landlords. Which makes me sound more suspicious of my parents than I am, but it's because I know, in Illinois, what a tenant has the right to do and not. So whenever I hear something that a landlord is trying to get away with, I'm all, "Hey, wait a minute. There are tenant advocacy groups all over the place for a reason!"

Then I get flaily and self-righteous, because my parents don't try to get away with that stuff, and so other people shouldn't either. My parents taught me well. Both what to do when dealing with landlords, and how to get flaily and self-righteous. *facepalms at self*
Little Red: sg - x-files - lizmylittleredgirl on February 20th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, our landlords are very lazy about almost everything. They don't even care if we pay rent on time, pretty much, and don't cash the checks for a few weeks after we pay (even though this is a company, not a mom & pop operation). So the lazy works both for and against us. Our garage door has been broken for months on end. (My sister's car got broken into and she was all "ZOMG Secured Parking FAIL!" and they were all "Dude, garage doors are expensive." Bygones!) But they let us paint whatever wild colors we want as long as we paint it back, and drill stuff to the walls, and have pets.
miera_cmiera_c on February 20th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
*cough* This is why you don't paint rented spaces *cough*

Um, good luck with all that? And must you paint prior to moving in or could that maybe wait for a bit? Just to keep one thing off the to-do list for now.
Little Red: cheer - cleaning - foldedwingsmylittleredgirl on February 20th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
Nope. I've got to do it now, due to dog hair in the paint & asthmatic death if I paint it when I'm already sleeping there.

Also, I hate unpainted, rented spaces. I have to make the space mine -- I think my deep freak-out-ness with other people's dirt being in a space just comes from moving around so often as a kid and compulsively cleaning everything with my mom each time! I've also bleached all the carpets and disassembled all the radiators to clean every piece of them. It would be very handy if I wasn't so OCD about moving in somewhere, but I don't think I could back out of it now if I tried!!