Curbed Horror Stories are firsthand reader reports about terrible Detroit apartment experiences past and present. This week, in honor of Renters' Week, we're having a rental horror story showdown. We'll post one horror story each day with a vote for the best on Thursday. The winner will advance to the national round of our network-wide contest. Horror stories to firstname.lastname@example.org, if you please.
First up, we have a tenant that keeps getting letters from the 36th District Court for rent that is allegedly owed. Except that the rent is not owed and the letters have fake labels. What follows is a reader account.
Boy do I have a horrible story for you. I live in the 14th Street Lofts. When I moved in I was promised laundry facilities, utilities included and secured parking.
It's been a year and I did get a secured parking only after my car had been broken into. The landlord told me that I had to switch the gas over into my name or I would have no heat last winner. They just installed the electric meters yesterday.
I twisted my ankle on the unpaved parking lot. The pipes in the upper unit bursted and flooded my entire apartment, nearly destroying everything. I didn't carry my insurance over for my last apartment because it was 100 dollars per month for this area. The landlord didn't cover anything even though it was his fault because he use cheap parts.
I have to put a bucket under the kitchen sink when I wash my dishes only because the landlord decided to be cheap and get faulty equipment. So now everyones garbage disposal eventually brakes.
They keep bad records so I keep getting letters from the 36th District Court for rent that I allegedly owe. However, the letter is not really from the 36th District Court it's from their office. I know this because the envelope is a plain envelope with a fake 36th District label on it.
The new neighbor upstairs has a dog that barks throughout the night and day.
Is that enough for you? LOL