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May 31, 2012, 4:33 pm
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The last week has been riddled with computer and internet frustrations attempting to transfer nearly 10G of footage and photos from our trip to FISE contest to Angie across the miles before her next trip started. Our days looked like this in between my work shifts and dealings with plumbing disaster and a super delayed landlord response.
Waiting for the files to transfer gave me the opportunity to review my lease and research my tenant rights here in the state of Texas. I learned several things that a lot of us get lazy with when it comes to moving into a new place. In order to cover your ass, make sure no MATTER what! That you take photos or film the condition of your apt or house when you move in. This will help you get all our part of your deposit back.

In addition, in the event that you have a plumbing emergency like we encountered, with no timely response from the landlord, most cases you have the right to “repair and deduct” from your rent. Our situation was a little more complicated because a third party automatically deducts a set amount of rent from my account every month. What a mess!!
I called 311 and the city came out to make sure it wasn’t their sewer lines causing the back up and ended up digging up the driveway in the middle of the night to access their pipes.
A plumber came out via the landlord and although he barely spoke English (bless his heart) he somehow cleared the lines. He told us that we were not the cause of the backup and that it must be tree roots but he couldn’t say for sure. Well then the landlord called him and then called us back to let us know that he told him that he pulled a “foreign object” out of the line that was not organic.
So after using all of our bath towels to keep the poopy water overflowing from toilet andbath tub from reaching our bedrooms we now discover that according to our lease, “foreign object” means the tenant pays for plumbing repair.
FML!! Thankfully the landlord offered to pay for plumber (but Throwing a curve ball at us after the plumber told us it was tree roots (due to landlord negligence)..basically I had a feeling he would find a way to turn it on us) my next lesson learned, see the Invoice IN WRITING and get a copy for YOUR records!!
So instead of having a cleaning service come in to sanitize our house we were forced to nuke the bathroom and hallway ourselves. Ughh!!! It was bad!! Texas Tenant is a good website to help you understand your rights.

EEEWWW!!! Anyway

I am on my way to the Walnut Creek pumptrack with girl Dani and Brittany and Adrianne’s bro Johnny maz.
It’s been a week of plumbing and computer stress ha!! The computer stress will be well worth the wait I hope it looks as though our edit will be going up sometime today!! So excited!!

I’ll post the link when it’s up I would just keep checking Yeah Zine


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