First of all, I wanted to thank u guys for all the support and tips u've given me so far.
Mark, I would NEVER go THAT far as Michael Keaton did in that movie !! LOL. I know you were kidding. Grin. As per your questions asked in your reply to this..
I live in Prince George's County. Unfortunately, I don't have a WRITTEN lease on my current apartment. Here's some background on this- this is a basement apt in a house and they are renting it out to me at a very cheap rate and doesn't have permission from the city. If the city found out they were renting out, my landlord would have to pay extra fees, etc whatever meaning my rent would be raised so this is not a "formal apartment agreement". I paid 1st and last month rent and a security deposit when I first moved in so I don't have to pay rent for the month of April.
My landlord has been pretty GREAT AND FLEXIBLE with me for the last 2 1/2 years though! In the last 2 1/2 yrs, I have trapped/brought in a total of 13 stray cats/kittens (NOT INCLUDING MY OWN CATS). I have kept most of these cats/kittens for a week to 6 months (getting them fixed, tamed, kittens being weaned from the mom cat, etc) before finding homes for them or releasing outside. The only thing my landlord said when he found out once that I had a mother cat who just gave birth to 5 kittens was, "Just make sure the carpet is not damaged and this won't be permanent right??" Originally I moved in with two cats. Now I'll be moving out with FOUR cats!
So he has been pretty great about it. The only time he really complained was about me leaving cat food out all day/night because he felt it looked messy on the porch and he didn't want possums coming around due to him having kids. We were able to come to a copromise regarding me feeding ferals/strays and it worked out fine. Sooo, I don't want to be a tenant from hell with this family.
It's TEMPTING though cuz I WISH I have more time before moving! However, this family just bought a house 2 weeks ago on March 14 (they weren't expecting it to happen this fast either) and they said I was the first to be notified (even before family!) because they wanted to give me enuff notice to start looking. They HAVE to put the current house on the market May 1st so that's why they said I MUST be out before April 30th.
They now are telling me as an incentive for me to move out a couple days BEFORE April 30th, they will give me some money back per day so they can fix the basement up (painting, etc).
|I read this whole thing about being really honest and upfront and telling what a great pet owner you are etc etc. And some landlords would rather have a great tenant with 4 cats than a bad one with none. I think it's worth a try, when you are young you think the world is all set and structured with rules. But then later you learn hey, you can work with this and negotiate things.
I AGREE with u about being honest. I DO NOT BELIEVE in lying. I have tried to negotiate with some landlords regarding 4 cats (told them that my cats are trained NOT to knead on the carpet, etc and that I keep the apt very clean, etc) but they all say SORRY- ONLY UP TO TWO CATS! NO FURTHER DISCUSSION. Negotiating with apt complexes are a bit more difficult for me than normal cuz I'm deaf so I tend to communicate with hearing ppl via writing. Often ppl get impatient waiting for me to write and having to write their replies to me so that makes it harder for me to negotiate with them. Another fear I have about lying is being caught and kicked out.
I have pretty much given up on finding an apartment. It is looking more and more likely that either I will have to buy a place (unlikely due to not being ready financially/emotionally) or move back home to Utah. This is not the SOLE reason for moving back to Utah. There are other factors in this but I will not go into this here.
What I've decided to do at this point is give it more time- 1 to 2 more weeks (I've contacted Real Estate realtors to see if they can help me find something and I'll keep calling and looking) and if I have NO LUCK finding something this week or next week then I'll know it's the right thing for me to move back to Utah. My family will BE THRILLED. They have been trying to get me to move back for the last 7 years and are willing to do ANYTHING to get me to move back.
They're offering me a FREE basement (will make it into an private apt for me if needed) and this would help me to pay off all my bills AND save up a lot faster for a house. Sooo, I guess we'll just wait and see how it goes this week and next week.
Oh, for some of u guys who are familiar with Callie (posted a thread on her in Ferals/strays- http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...threadid=33337
), I've decided it's not fair to take her in since she's still very wild and this is her terrority so I've asked a neighbor if she'd be willing to start feeding/caring for Callie and she said YES!! Sooo, Callie WILL be taken care of after I move.
I will miss her but I think it's for the best this way.
If u guys think of any suggestions/ideas/advice, continue to share them here!
Also for ANY OF U GUYS OUT THERE WHO ARE OWNERS OF APT COMPLEXES- change the policy about limiting to two cats! It's very disencouraging to see how limited housing can be if u have more than one or two cats!
OOPS.. I am sorry this is sooo long!!!