Almost everyone in my house (six different apartments) is moving out this summer, so my slumlord has been hanging out showing the apartments to potential tenants. Whenever I see a new line-up of people, I’m faced with the dilemma of “do I tell them”. Do I tell them about the mice? Do I tell them that we are pretty sure we saw roaches in our kitchen last week? Do I tell them that the landlord is a total sleazeball-asshole? Do I tell the basement people about the huge pipe that burst and spread mould throughout their place?
On the one hand, it seems like a dick thing to do. As much as I dislike my landlord, I shouldn’t be trying to screw things up for him. That’s bad karma and shit. WWTDLD*? And hey, maybe the people that are moving in have a cat who will keep the mice away, or really like signing ridiculously sketchy leases in my landlords’ hip bachelor-pad (maybe he’ll even invite them for karaoke like he did me). Maybe it won’t even be an issue to them. I should just leave it alone. The apartments ARE really nice when you don’t think about what’s happening behind the dishwashers.
But then I see a young couple with a baby. A tiny baby that could potentially be living in a mouse-infested, maybe cockroachy place. And THAT’S when I start feeling like I should say something. I should warn them that we’ve had problems like this in the past (in the present!) and maybe they want to keep that in mind. And if I tell the young couple with the baby, I should tell everyone else. Right?
But I don’t want them going in to see the place and telling the landlord that “the girl next door said there were mice…” I’m pretty sure the landlord already hates me since I ask him to fix things when they’re broken, and I don’t want to add “mouse snitcher” to the list.
(side note: mouse snitcher sounds really dirty. I’m going to leave it in.)
So then I think that I should, instead, post an anonymous thing on Craigslist telling people that there are mice and that the landlord is craycray.
But then I go back to the whole “don’t be a dick” thing and I don’t end up saying or doing anything.
What would you do if you were in my situation?
*TDL refers to The Dalai Lama