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Cold and unwashed

No hot water in the house and – although we are not yet in dire need of it – no heating. The heating unit has lost its ability to pump hot water, instead filling the house with loud banging in the pipes. It had to be turned off. There is a backup electric water heater, but it is not operational either, for unknown reasons.

And this is what makes the situation worse: The repairmen already came to the house twice in the last couple of days. On a weekend, no less. Yet all they can do is sympathetically explain what they think the problem is, but they cannot even attempt to fix it until the landlord provides his dispensation to spend a large sum of money on the repairs. The landlord lives in Japan, the house management agency that needs to deal with him is enjoying the weekend, so we may not get anything fixed until several days from now.

I knew there was a reason why I prefer owning a house to renting!

At least the study can be used as a warm refuge, what with two computers running in a fairly small room…


  1. Jeri

    That’s always a GREAT reason to revisit that going-to-the-gym habit you posted about a couple of days ago. 🙂

    (Disclaimer: I don’t practice what I preach.)

  2. Ilya

    Yes, I’m applying for a “shower-only” membership, Jeri (clever people tell me that you can simply sneak in…)

    Kostyan, it could be worse. We actually have not turned on the heat even once yet, but yesterday was coincidentally the day that we would be considering doing so were the system working.

  3. Vince

    I rent, but my landlord lives in the same building, making such problems a priority when they happen. And when he’s out of town, or even out of the country? I am the grand decision maker! I just have to make sure I can defend any repair decisions.

  4. Ilya

    I got a distinct impression that even if I wanted to say that I’d pay for repairs myself, I wouldn’t be allowed to do so without landlord’s explicit acquiescence. That’s the way things work here.

    To the management agency credit, they clearly understand that unless they fix the problem expediently, they – and the landlord – are in violation of our tenancy agreement. And a signed document rules! The repairmen will be at the house again tonight – and they promise that they will have hot water running, no matter what. I’m hopeful.

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