<lj-cut text="its a long one">(background info - My flat went on fire a month ago. M mum was living with me at the time. A candle was left unattended. You can imagine the rest)|
After the fire, Mum got put into emergency respite (care home) as she has health issues and at this moment in time it's best place for her. We are hoping to get her into a sheltered housing complex which we had spoke about long before this happened. I've got somewhere arranged for myself and i'm waiting on repairs being done in a flat before I can move in.
Because we were in rented accommodation, my (ex) landlord isn't too happy that I burned his house down. I called him after the fire, where his attitude left a lot to be desired. He was unpleasant, showed very little compassion and in general came across as a heartless prick. (In saying that, I do reaalise he;'s got every righgt to be annoyed but a little sympathy would have gone a long way. I was a crying my eyes out)
He said,";I do understand this can;t be easy for you right now Georgina but you have to remember I've just lost a property' To which I shouted at him how we had been lucky to get out alive, i had no idea where my cat
was, and between us we may well have lost 80yrs of photos and stuff and i was now homeless to which he told me to stop interuppting him.
I asked if there had been anything I could save from the flat . He told me thhat everything was gone. I asked if I could get in anyway, he said I couldnt because he had to wait on insurance company and fire investigation finishing. I didnt like it but i did understand where he was coming from.
A few days later I was so emotional and angry that i broke the padlock off the door and went inside I needed to see if my cat was still there.
The room where it had started was completly gone nothhing but ask and rubble. The smoke damage wsa extensive in thhe rest of the place but by no means was anytihnng completly ruined. I got mostly everything I wanted out of there. I sent himi a text a few hours later saying. 'just to let you know that your property has been sitting unsecured for the past 12 hours since I broke in.No I know i shouldnt have but i needed to look for my cat & as it turns out, save my belongings that i was led to believe had been ruined. Feel free to inform the police, you'll find me at the following address. I dont give a damn. Sorry for your loss.
He never respondeed but I saw that he had secured the door a few days later
I called him around a week ago to see if he had any idea when I could get in yet and it turns out he is telling me the investigation is still ongoing but when I spoke to CID, they confirmed it had finshed less than a week after the fire started
We had no heating for four months because he didn't want to pay for a new boiler as we (mum and I) were eligible for a 4000£ grant; from the government to get a whole new heating system installed. It was taking forever to process and during one of the coldest winters Scotland's had, my Mum was taken into hospital twice with bad chest infections (She has COPD and the dr confirmed the lack of heating did play a part in her health deterioating. )
The lock has been very loose on the door for over two years. He's never fixed it.
The downstairs neighbours ceiling caved in a year ago because of a leaka in my kitchen. He was supposed to be getting insuraance to sort it out but neighbour told me thaat it's never been fixed.
He never chased me for rent arrears and on several occasions, I tried to make a payment to him he never got back to me about getting it.
He made it clear that he didn;t want me there at the same time as the insurance compaany.
A lot of this makes me think that something's not right here.
Why is he being like this? Someone suggested he might have no insurance and he's in the shit. I don't know.
Any idea where I stand on this one? He has said that he wont stop me from getting my things but since he doesnt answer any calls or texts I dont know if or when its going to happen. I was planning to go to a solicitor for some legal advice but I dont know if i've shot myself in the foot by breaking in,
Have you ever had your home go on fire? What happened? How did you cope?
Thank you :) </lj-cut>