I’m not sure if anyone remembers the story I submitted, about the horrors of living in an apartment directly beneath the hellish family in unit 16 – and well, that was how it was supposed to be, submitted and then forgotten when my family and I moved away! But no, these things have a way of going on…and on…and on…
We moved out into a very delightful house not long at all after the submission of the story, but remained in touch with the tenants who had decided to stick it out. (For reference, these tenants were three couples – J&J, the older couple in unit 13 next door; B&W, the couple next door to the Hellions; and D&T, who lived directly above the Hellions.) Not a single one of them is living in that building any more (!) – the noise is getting so bad even the tenants in the next building over are beginning to hear it now, the Hellions have managed to do things to the window blinds on both sides of their apartment that make it look like a group of very bored wallabies decided to go to town after being locked up in solitary confinement for a week…and the landlady condones this behavior!
No, I didn’t mistype that. She really, genuinely approves of what they’re doing to the place, I can only assume it’s because they are satisfying her unending greed! I will call her…oh, let’s see, Lease-a.
– Older couple J&J were the first to move out, after the noise, the stress and the Hellions’ refusal to keep the hallway up to disability codes (not to mention FIRE codes!) resulted in J the husband’s health problems becoming much, much worse in a very, very short period of time. His doctor gave him an ultimatum: move out or face a very extended hospital stay which he would not be coming home from. J&J understandably opted for the former, quietly and politely expressing their displeasure with the Hellions to Lease-a when they left. She informed them they were just too old to handle living in the same apartment complex as younger people! Thankfully, they were at the end of their lease…
– B&W moved out not even a day and a half later – living directly next to the Hellions had caused B, who was pregnant, enough stress that she suffered severe complications and nearly lost her child. W, a few days before, had given both the Hellions and Lease-a decently sized pieces of his mind for putting B at such risk, and told Lease-a they would both be leaving as soon as they found a new place. The Hellions responded by ramping up the noise and destruction. Lease-a did not do a single thing, because B&W were breaking their twelve-month lease early in order to get out of there.
– And last of all, D&T beat feet out of the building as well when the Hellions caused mentally unstable D to suffer a complete and total nervous breakdown that resulted in her being temporarily hospitalized for her own safety. T quite smartly decided it would be much, much safer for the two of them to live elsewhere, made plans while D was incapacitated, and moved them both immediately out when she was well again. Lease-a didn’t care – they broke a twelve-month lease, just like B&W!
People have since tried to move into the building, and this is where Lease-a’s modus operandi has become much, much more apparent (though the particularly astute may already have spotted it by now.) You see, there are two leases that you can commit to for Lease-a’s complex – a fairly average-priced, year-long lease, or a much more expensive month-by-month lease. Most people, quite understandably, choose the year-long one – only to then be terrorized by the Hellions, and when they simply can’t handle it any more and are forced to move out, they’re also forced to break that lease, which means paying a horrendously high “forfeit” fee due to severing the contract early. Either way, thanks to the Hellions’ antics, Lease-a is getting much more money, and as such, she allows the Hellions to do as they will. It seems the money she’s raking in from all those broken or more expensive leases is more than enough to make up for the destruction they’re causing to the building!
All I can think is, I’m very glad we got out of there when we did…and without needing to break our lease.
Unfortunately I’ve just realized I omitted one important detail – B&W had in fact tried to move out beforehand (as stated in the initial submission) – however extenuating circumstances to do with W’s job forced them to move back into the apartment before they could sever the lease, putting them in position for story 2. 0216-12