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so frustrated!


  • embra
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    We’ve been trying to find a new apartment in a good elementary school region since January. We love our apartment now, but the school region isn’t that great, and we are finding that moving to a good region means that we will pay several hundred dollars more to get a place that isn’t anywhere near as nice. On top of that, we have been discriminated against numerous times by people who don’t want to rent to families who have kids (before even meeting us). The manager asks over the phone how many people are in our party before they will set up an appointment and then tells us that the place is still occupied, but they will call us back when it is free. Mysteriously a few times when we had friends call up pretending to rent who say they have no kids, they get appointments right away. Anyway, today, we finally got to see a place that would work for us. My husband really liked it and took us all to see it later. We weren’t there for 5 minutes when someone came in and told us that the woman downstairs said it sounded like her roof was coming in and asked us to keep our kids quiet. Mind you, they weren’t doing anything extraordinary, just excited and running from room to room to see what the place looked like. Not screaming, not leaping about. My husband thought we must have misunderstood and that the woman was just worried that there was someone in the apartment that was supposed to be empty, so he went down to introduce himself and find out. She told us that in 17 years of living there, she’d never heard such a racket before, that my kids were out of control, and if we moved in she’d call the cops on us every day. Mind you she said this in front of my kids. Just for reference, we have never had a neighbor complain about us for any reason. Needless to say, we won’t be living there, because who needs that kind of headache? I was seriously tempted to leave my son’s dirty diaper on her doorstep though.

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  • gaamy
    gaamy
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    that does sound super frustrating. if you really like the place i would talk to the office manager. we had a grumpy lady under us that would bang on the wall about the “noise” when i was the only one awake, just sitting at the computer with the head phones on.

    eventually WE complained to the office about HER after she woke gigi up at 11 pm banging on the wall and the office told her that if she didnt want to deal with it she should not be living in a downstairs apartment.

    you could try looking for downstairs units or renting a house.

    we’ve also found that “better schools” on paper dont always translate to schools you would want your kid to attend. i did months of research onthe the 3 local school systems and the different schools before we made our move. achievement-wise this school system is in the top 30 for the entire country and our our older two’s highschool is ranked 15th in the entire country. we dont like it AT ALL. we are very happy to be moving back to our little podunk school system in NC that no one’s ever heard of.

    i hope you find a solution to all your concerns!

    jasonlovessara
    jasonlovessara
    Participant

    At least you figured out who was living there before you moved in – that would be horrible for kids to have to put up
    with her.
    I would be frustrated too!
    My last year of college I lived in an apartment complex and a family lived about us. There were two little kids (and their family) above us and it always sounded like a heard of elephants running – they were good kids but if I were a crochety old lady it would have annoyed me. My next apartment I got the highest floor :)
    I hope you find something soon – can you ask on Facebook if anyone local has any ideas?


    embra
    Participant

    @gaamy, I agree about reviews not always being what we should go on, but unfortunately, my husband is really focused on test scores. To me it is more important what parents say in reviews, and if their reviews are bad, why. He has different thoughts on the process and thinks that people who post reviews might not really be parents and may have other motives. I went through public school all the way though, and he went to a fancy-pants private school, so I think he doesn’t trust the system too much to begin with.

    Sara, Yes, you are right! I’m glad we figured it out before moving in. I don’t doubt that the running made some noise, but it was 6 pm and she complained about us within 5 min of our being there. My kids can definitely be loud from time to time, but that wasn’t one of them. I just can’t imagine complaining about someone that quickly in the middle of the day. I’ve lived beneath people who played loud music for hours or exercised daily right above my head, and sometimes it woke my kids from naps, but I couldn’t imagine complaining about it unless it was at a time when normal people would want to sleep or went on for an extraordinarily long time. I figure that’s the price you pay for living in an apartment. I can’t imagine threatening to call the cops because little kids were running either. They’d probably arrest her after the first time for abusing 911. Also, she wasn’t that old – maybe 50-60.

    Also, I’d never ever actually leave a dirty diaper on someone’s doorstep. I’d just be happy thinking about it. Sigh.

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    Ugh, that does sound frustrating! Schools were what prompted our most recent move and while it was discouraging at first trying to find something decent in our price range that was zoned for a good school, we ended up with something that met almost all our criteria and we’ve been so happy with it. Hope you guys find something good soon!

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