||[Jan. 30th, 2016|11:53 pm]
The Question Club
It's been rainy here. A few days ago, I got up in the middle of the night to discover my carpet was wet. I noticed that there was a spot by the corner of the wall where there's some black, and the corner is coming up. I went onto the complex's website, and reported it to maintenance immediately. Maintenance came in and looked at it but no one gave me any feedback (usually there's some sort of note, either in the apartment, or on the website where I made the request) so I had to write another maintenance request asking if someone looked at it. I received a call from one of their maintenance workers, saying they need to call a contractor.|
Today, someone from the leasing office called, and said that there is a contractor at the complex today. She asked if he could come in. I told her I would need a minute before anyone came in (I was still in bed...) so she said that she would send him to another apartment first. I took that to mean that he would come by today, but he did not.
I moved my nightstand to discover that the carpet is far more damaged than I realized. Right where my wooden nightstand sat on the floor, there are HUGE dark black spots. It won't come out with a wet cloth. Just to be sure, I went to the other matching nightstand and checked to see if that caused damage to the carpet - and it left no marks on the floor at all. So this is clearly from the water that collected under it.
This is my last month in this apartment. I have already secured a lease for a new place. I still can't bare the thought of sleeping 2-3 feet from black mold in my apartment. Especially given how expensive it was to live here. $1400 a month.
My question is, do you think there's a chance that the complex will try to find a reason to hold me responsible for destroying the carpet? I'll be honest, I have no idea how long water has been coming up like that. But I have had no reason to think that it's been going on that long - I have a feeling that they are going to tell me that it couldn't have formed that quickly (within 2-3 days) and that they are going to try and say that I didn't report it quickly enough - or, I'm worried that they are going to try and tell me that they tried to send a contractor and that I refused, which I did not.
If so, how would I go about handling this to make absolute sure that I don't get charged for this when I move out?
(by the way, the new apartment has no carpets at all. All tile)