||[Jan. 29th, 2007|10:42 am]
The Question Club
Our lock on a common area door was broken this weekend by someone in my building. There is a back stairwell in the building, and to get out to our porch, you walk out the back door of our apartment and then open a second door to get outside. (I'm sorry if that's confusing...I'm not sure how else to explain it). Since the door to the porch is in a common area, the entire building (four other apartments) have access to this door. The door and the doorframe have clearly been painted over many times, and the door does not shut completely flush with the doorframe...until this weekend, that is, when someone apparently took a running start and slammed into the door to shut it. There is a slide lock on the door, and they did not take it out of the locked position before they slammed into it. So the lock got caught on the door frame, which pulled the lock out of the door, took a good chunk of the door with it, and made a serious dent in the doorframe. Now, we cannot get the door open. The perpetrator left a note, saying "Please shut this door in winter"|
WTF?? I am going to call the management company today and inform them about this, and that we do not plan on paying for it since it happened in a common area and not by us. What should I expect? I assume that it's legal for them to charge us for it, since it is technically a door to our apartment. Do you TCQ-ers have any advice as to how I should go about doing this, or have any similar experiences that I could learn from? I already took pictures of the "crime scene" with a datestamp on them, but I'm not sure how much this will help.
Oh, and this is in an apartment in Boston, and we are students, and our management company sucks...just to give you guys perspective.