Annoyed

My toilet seat was loose in my apartment and it took like a week for my Landlord to tighten it and now one of my electrical outlets stopped working and its going to take him a week to fix this. He said he has to buy a new electrical outlet to replace it. I have called the RTB and they tell me its not an emergency repair and repairs within one week are reasonable. I hate living here but the rents only $1000 for a 1 bedroom basement suite so I am supposed to be grateful. He also doesn't allow me to have pets. He has like 15 properties and I have to text him repeatedly to fix things and the RTB just tells me to write a letter but if I do that he's going to find some way to evict me. I can't leave because the rent is higher everywhere else and I don't want to stay. I feel like a prisoner with a life sentence.

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Relax

Jan 23, 2024 at 9:44am

Learn to make your own simple repairs, not really that big of a deal although you need to be cautious with the electrical as it could be part of a bigger problem.

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A week's not that bad.

Jan 23, 2024 at 9:45am

I've lived in places where it takes months, years, or never for the landlord to address major repairs.

Another trick up their sleeve is to say "oops, didn't get your rent cheque this month, here's a 10-day eviction notice" if you report something they don't want to fix. Then you have to cancel your first cheque and write them another one to avoid eviction. It's a shady threat, but what are we gonna do? Move out? To where?

I know I'm minimizing your concerns a bit here. All I'm saying is choose your battles, proceed strategically, and count your blessings. It's a tough market.

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Suite repairs

Jan 23, 2024 at 4:07pm

Landlords maintenance people kept coming by for years to try to figure out where the leak in my bathroom was. I get home from work one evening and there was no toilet or bath tub in my suite. Surprise! The toilet and tub were replaced the next day but I was showering at the community centre for a week while the new tile grouting dried.

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Reality check

Jan 23, 2024 at 4:40pm

Welcome to the real world of being a tenant. It can be frustrating when repairs don’t happen as quickly as you’d like, but realistically the time frames you’re speaking of aren’t unreasonable at all. Remember that you’re not the only unit he’s looking after. Things do take time. If your rent is that low I’d be very leery of taking such minor complaints to the RTB, because like you said, it would be impossible to find another place for that price anywhere in the lower mainland.

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You sound

Jan 23, 2024 at 6:07pm

Dysregulated. Deep breath. This too shall pass.

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Potty training

Jan 23, 2024 at 11:01pm

You can totally tighten your own toilet seat jsyk. The electrical for sure sucks to have to wait on but a week doesn’t seem a horrendous amount of time unless it’s your only electrical outlet. $1000 IS cheaper for a 1 br depending on size and features. Feeling like you can’t leave does put a particular filter on the situation that would feel rough. Start saving as much as you can.

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Anonymous

Jan 27, 2024 at 9:07pm

I am a Landlord and you should be able to repair a loose toilet seat. I am sure your suite has at least 3 or 4 electrical outlets so a week isn't that long of a time. From your Landlord's perspective the electrical outlet isn't a life or death situation and he's probably dealing with floods, fires, etc. I would pick my battles because compared to a lot of Landlords in the Lower Mainland you have one that gives you cheap rent and fixes things in a reasonable time period.

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