We live in a 6-plex. I think it was built to be a double, but sometime they split it into 6 apartments. There are 2 hot water heaters for the whole place–the bottom 2 apartments on 1 heater, and the top 4 apartments on the other. The top hot water heater has broken down at least once in the past week, to the point where there is *no* hot water at all, all day long. Other times, it works, *but* if *anyone* turns on their hot water, you lose yours and you’re stuck with cold water until they shut theirs off.
I’ve complained. I’ve been told that it’s not getting fixed, and “since you’re on a month-to-month lease, you can just move.” Ouch. I pay my rent. I have tried to improve the community. I work tirelessly for my landlord in the church, to the point where I have cried with her in her kitchen after the flood. I’ve tried to help her salvage her ruined photos of her children. I’ve invited her in, dined with her and loaned her books.
Yet, she told my husband to “just move.”
I wanted a lesson in charity, and I think it’s being tested right now. I am trying to be a Christ-like woman. I am striving to allow Him to guide me, and to use me in His service. As the RS President, I have to tread carefully. My landlady is a convert to the church. I am under the microscope. The way I see my options, I can:
1. Research the local landlord laws, and possibly report the substandard water heater. This will cause all sorts of trauma, and possibly make the relationship more strained.
2. Just move. This is costly, and the market here is very tight. It could end up for the best, or it could be a costly choice. Not to mention, I’ve got a 4 month old so packing this house won’t be an easy task. This all comes at a time where we are already tight on money, to the point of me looking for part-time day care work, so both time and money are of the essense.
3. Try to sit her down and talk and try to find some kind of compromise. I don’t think she has the money for another heater, and she is very quick with her emotions, so this will take *alot* of patience and help from Christ. It could entirely backfire and end up with me getting yelled at, or told to just move again. I think if she could fix the hot water situation, she would. I really don’t think she can financially. She’s still got 2 houses ruined in the flood, and numerous other issues in the rentals.
It breaks my heart. I am hurt. I never wanted to hurt her, yet I am seriously sick from not having hot water. We’re not in Romania (or many other countries where hot water is a luxury). Not to mention it is getting quite cold here in PA lately. I’ve been wearing a sweater or long-sleeves for a week or so.
Ideas, anyone?? I’m open to suggestions. I’m also open to prayers.