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  • Sun, 00:36: I hate incompetent landlords and neighbors who would rather leave the front door unlocked than fix the lock in less than a week.
  • Sun, 00:36: Got tired of waiting, so I had the lock fixed myself. My neighbors responded by having the fixed lock replaced and not giving me a key.

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gwalla
Nov. 15th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
Wait, what are your neighbors doing replacing your lock?
packy
Nov. 15th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
Upstairs neighbors, lock to the front door of the building.

The Story:

Sunday, November 7th, I come home and find I can't unlock the front door doorknob to my building. I examine the lock and find there's a key broken off in it. I call and have my wife open the door for me from the inside. I lock the front door via the deadbolt, place signs on the door telling people to use the deadbolt but not to lock the doorknob, and go to bed.

Monday, November 8th. I speak to the landlord. He says he'll have the locks "replaced". I tell him it's going to cost less to have the broken key extracted than it will cost to completely replace the locks. He doesn't want to listen to me, and he assures me that he will "deal with it." He calls back later to say that he's spoken to the upstairs tenants, who confessed to breaking the key in the lock. My landlord tells me that they will arrange for the repairs, and he tells me to call him if things take to long.

Tuesday, November 9th. I come home. The front door to the building is completely unlocked. I lock it via deadbolt.

Wednesday, November 10th. I come home. The front door to the building is completely unlocked. I lock it via deadbolt.

Thursday, November 11th. I come home. The front door to the building is completely unlocked. I lock it via deadbolt.

Friday, November 12th. I come home. The front door to the building is completely unlocked. I lock it via deadbolt.

Saturday, November 13th. I leave to take Kay to work. The front door to the building is completely unlocked. I lock it via deadbolt. I return. The front door to the building is completely unlocked. I lock it via deadbolt. I putter around my apartment for a while. Around 2pm, I go downstairs. The front door to the building is completely unlocked. I get sick and tired of this and take the doorknob out of the door, lock the door via the deadbolt and go to pick Kay up from work. After picking Kay up, I go to a locksmith with the doorknob. Two minutes and $10 later, I have a working lock. At 6pm, I replace the doorknob, take down the signs and put up a new sign that says "The locks are now fixed. USE them."

Around 8pm our doorbell goes off. The upstairs tenants can't get in, because the locks are working again. I declare that this isn't my problem, since the locks are still using the same keys they've always had, and they should have brought their keys with them.

Edited at 2010-11-15 07:12 pm (UTC)
packy
Nov. 15th, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
Sunday, November 14. I spend the day in my apartment. Around 6pm I go downstairs to leave, and find a completely new doorknob on the front door. I try my key in the lock; it doesn't work.

At this point, I am livid. I call the landlord; he claims to have no knowledge of what's going on. I tell him I'm going to go upstairs to the tenants and get a key to the new lock. I go up and pound on their door. At first, they deny the lock had been changed at all--the guy tries to tell me I'm an idiot and the doorknob's the same one that's been there the whole time. He marches me downstairs to show me... and that's when he realizes the new doorknob can't pass for the old one. The old one had a polished "brass" finish; this one has a brushed "brass" finish. He then switches tacks, and tells me that they had already replaced the locks when they got email from the landlord telling them that I'd repaired the locks. I tell them I don't care, I want my key. They claim that the lock set came with only one key, and they couldn't get it reproduced because it's Sunday. At this point, I'm beyond livid: how stupid does someone have to be to replace a FUNCTIONING lock with a new one just because you'd already bought the new one? They could have returned it. They storm upstairs; I leave for the evening.

The landlord calls me back, reiterating their story about not being able to get the key duplicated because it was a Sunday. I tell him that he's an idiot, and I tell him that unless I have a pair of keys in my hands when I come home from work on Monday night, I was going to take the doorknob off the door again, take it to the locksmith I went to before, and have it re-keyed to work with the existing keys, the keys that both he and I and the upstairs tenants ALREADY have. He tells me I shouldn't be making ultimatums, and I tell him I'm sick and tired of the amateurish way this entire thing had been dealt with. The lock should have been fixed on Monday the 8th; I shouldn't have had to deal with a week of having my building open for all the world to enter. He launches into a speech on how to deal with people, and I cut him off, telling him I've told him what I was going to do, and I didn't have time to listen to lectures from the likes of him.

Monday, November 15th. Around noon my wife calls. The upstairs neighbor has given her a pair of keys. She was appropriately apologetic, since I was quite unreasonable last night. However, I don't think that my unreasonableness was unwarranted. And, given that it took them an entire week to do anything about the lock, I had no confidence that if I didn't explode, it wouldn't be another week before I got keys.
gwalla
Nov. 15th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
Argh. I would've been furious too. My reaction probably would have involved more swearing.
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