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So I get home from work last night and there are these little white signs posted on every building that say something like "PROHIBITED: Any grill within a 10 feet of apartment buildings, porches or balconies. $1500 per day fine for violations. County fire inspection."

shit.

When I moved into my apartment they TOLD ME I COULD HAVE A GRILL so long as it wasn't charcoal. Mine is propane, so I figured it was all good. And now it's not. Sure, there have been recent fires in other buildings which sucks, but I'm smart enough to use my grill in a way that hasn't burnt this place down so far.

Anyway a friend came over to work on politics and I told him about it, and asked if he thought the threat of heavy fines was just a scare tactic they wouldn't really enforce. He was like, "How many spare $1500 bank accounts do you have to test it out with?" Point taken. I asked him to store the grill for me for a few days while I sort things out. Then I went on a rant about how I hate this place so much... the giant corporation that owns all these apartments just doesn't care about us, and they change policies like this at the drop of a hat with no warning. I'd never received any notice about my grill. Half the apartments here still have them. But suddenly there are little white plastic signs screwed in everywhere.

My friend was like, "Why don't you move? This place would drive me crazy... it's so huge. You basically live in a zoo for people."

heh. yeah. I think it's time for some more apartment hunting.

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yoko
Feb. 11th, 2005 07:38 am (UTC)
I know here there was a ban put on grills in ALL apartments. You may want to check it out before you start hunting again- it may be something that you would face no matter where you go.
feanelwa
Feb. 11th, 2005 09:12 am (UTC)
If you move in summer, you could have an outdoor moving-out party, eleven feet from the building.
gegenschein
Feb. 11th, 2005 11:29 am (UTC)
Reasons like those are exactly why we decided to get a house. We are sick of throwing away money every month to apartment complexes who won't allow us to do what we would prefer.
infinimpulse
Feb. 11th, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC)
Please don't tell me it's Case & Associates. I'm moving into a Case managed property on March 9th.
spacefem
Feb. 12th, 2005 04:47 am (UTC)
guess what? it is!

they could be worse, but they could be better too. a couple months ago they made me really mad... I had these coupons that they gave me when I signed my lease that took $25 off rent. I'd been using them for four months and all the sudden I got this phone call saying I didn't sign my coupon (!?) and if I didn't come in and sign it in the next three days, I'd be charged late fees because I was $25 short of my rent. I left work early to go in and sure enough, the coupon had a little signature line that I'd never noticed, but when I asked why they hadn't called me on this the other four months they said, "They just told us they wouldn't accept coupons without signatures anymore."

I'm going... "What do you mean 'they'? YOU ARE 'THEY'!" No warning, just a sudden shitty policy change and no one on staff ever wants to take responsibility for it.

so that's case :)
infinimpulse
Feb. 12th, 2005 06:32 am (UTC)
Oh great. I can't really afford to live anywhere else, and the lady at another apartment complex straight stood me up last Saturday, so I'm probably just going to go with Case. But I don't have a grill and I think all of my deductions have been taken care of already. Or if I have to use coupons, I'll just sign them all when I get them. So ... maybe I won't run into any problems. {crosses fingers}

Thanks for letting me know! :D
spacefem
Feb. 12th, 2005 02:09 pm (UTC)
Every apartment you'll go to will have management issues, it's just part of renting, so it's not like you're going to the worst place.
infinimpulse
Feb. 12th, 2005 03:18 pm (UTC)
So true! I just want this experience to be as positive as possible. My last one really sucked (though not because the apartment management was bad).
wildirishrose80
Feb. 11th, 2005 02:13 pm (UTC)
The apartment complex I lived in in Michigan did that too. Very annoying. That fine is just staggering. Hopefully they're willing to give everyone a week or so to move their grills.
britgeekgrrl
Feb. 11th, 2005 03:22 pm (UTC)
one would hope that the small print of your lease promises 30-day warning for significant changes to conditions at the apartment, but maybe I'm just an optimistic fool... I second the notion to go looking for a new place.
beskippy
Feb. 11th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC)
You could just remove all of the signs surreptitiously at night, and then say you hadn't received any warning about it? ;-)
spacefem
Feb. 12th, 2005 04:48 am (UTC)
the thought crossed my mind! evil, yes.
beskippy
Feb. 12th, 2005 07:07 am (UTC)
Not evil, practical! I'm sure that everyone else would be happy that the signs disappeared - plausible deniability, hooray!
(Anonymous)
Feb. 12th, 2005 08:13 am (UTC)
There is a reason for this.
It's in the national building code, to prevent fires from outdoor grills. Propane grills can actually be more dangerous - imagine what it's like for a firefighter, trying to keep the flames away from that 20-pound bomb you call a propane tank. If he moves his hose away to douse the fire elsewhere, that bomb may go off and send shrapnel throughout the area.

Yeah, it sucks. Bigtime. My balcony isn't over ten feet deep, so that means no grilling at all.
sxyskeksis
Mar. 20th, 2005 09:39 pm (UTC)
I don't know where you live but I live in Willow Creek (around 21st and Woodlawn) and they have been amazing so far. I've been there for 6 months and never had a problem except for my neighbors playing bass music. AND... they actually GIVE away grills to some of their tenants when it's time to renew the lease.
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