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Apartment Life Out Of My Control

hello friends. Do you live in an apartment? Are you living in an apartment with renovations going on which you had not asked for? Well if so, this post will resonate with you. Why? Because, I’m living in an apartment with renovations going on and I am suffering for it.
first of all, I should mention again that I am blind and this will become more clear why I mention it as you read this post. Right now, I’m living in an apartment with no heat and a whole in my carpet of my bedroom floor. I will explain all of this in the next paragraph.
Last summer I published a post about what was going to be taking place, as far as the renovations are concerned. I have lived here for 16 years and have gone through this before but this is probably my worst. The management of Toronto Comunity Housing Corporation have finally decided to put in new heating and cooling systems because currently, we can’t control the heat in our units. Obviously this is a great idea but there are many bumps along the road, which could have been avoided if this was looked into much more in depth before hand. For example: the wiring in the floor should’ve been considered and where the wiring was placed. In my case, The work on my unit was partially started back in February, when contractors came in here and try to do some coring. This means they were trying to cut out a piece of the floor so they could later on instal a new heating and cooling system in my bedroom. what someone did not check into was that there was some electrical wiring inside the floor of my bedroom, long before I moved in here even. So, I have no heat and I’m sleeping in a cold bedroom and living in a cold apartment. this is because the heat was turned off because it is now a month of May, which is usually much warmer than it is right now in Canada. However, it has been a rather cool spring so far and we even had Snow pellets a couple days ago, when we should’ve been basking in sunshine and warmer temperatures. So, as you can guess, I and some others are suffering for it and it feels like it would if it was the middle of winter inside our units. What I mean is that the temperature is as cool indoors as it would be if it was much more winter like outside.
Something else that has been a part of this is that when you try to tell someone something they interpreted something else completely. For example: when I was asked about the work that I had previously mentioned I had told them it was electrical issues that had stalled it. Someone decided that it had to do with plumming and in their infinite wisdom, took off the end of my kitchen sink faucet. There was no need for this however, the water just comes out faster, filling up the sink quicker. I can wash dishes in less time but this does not change the fact that the work to instal the new heating and cooling system in my apartment hasn’t been completed yet. Also, the last time I checked, plumbing and electrical are spelled differently and one has to do with electricity and the other has to do with water. As I see it, if you are a contractor you have to have some sort of education, requiring you to be able to spellelectrical and plumbing and to distinguish between the two. To my knowledge, they are completely different words and are connected to different parts of the hydro line… one is for electricity and the other is for water. Is that so hard to comprehend?
Something else that is a part of this is getting around the building and going outside. The last couple of times I have gone through this a fence had been put up to guard against falling objects or something or other. I don’t know for sure so I’m not going to comment too much on that. However, it has been a bitch trying to get in and out of the building without running into an obstacle course. However, so far it hasn’t been as bad as it has been in the past. Back in 2009 it was much worse in that I had to go out on the street to get to the bus stop just outside the apartment. But, I will say that I’ve been lucky so far and it has been relatively easy to get around this time. It’s still doesn’t change the fact that work has yet to be completed on my unit.
One more thing to complain about and this is how notices have been delivered to me. When I had heard about the work that was starting back in July of last year, I had asked to be emailed when people would come in to do any work on my apartment. I was also promised that I would receive such emails to this affect. However, I have not and there is no excuse for it. The buildings management has my information on file, including my email address because when I renew my lease my email is one of the things I make sure is included, along with other contact information. I think that emails should be mandatory as notices in this day and age and everyone who has anything that allows for the reading and sending of emails should ask their apartments management to send out emails as notices, for anything to do with where you live. This will also cut down on paper notices and will result in killing less trees, in order to send out the latest information on what is happening in our dwelling unit or in the apartment block itself. All relevant information should be accessible to all, whether they can read print or not and I am one of those who cannot but do use email regularly.
The other reason I have requested this is because I may not always be here when things are scheduled to be done the next day, after a notice is sent. I have other things on the go, like this blog and other things that require me to be out of the building. So, my life does not and should not revolve around where I live. As far as I’m concerned, I only live, eat and sleep here and do not wish to get involved with other people’s problems in my apartment. However, other people are helpfull when I need something read out to me, which is in print. But I otherwise wish to be left alone and keep to myself as much As I can. I also mentioned that when I was told about the renovations initially and they seem to understand that. However, now I think differently about that because of everything I said above. Is it me or am I starting to sound like Louis black? we both are irritated by stupidity and unfortunately, stupidity has ruled the roost with this round of renovations. I’m not alone complaining about the lack of work being done because I’ve heard other people complain about it, while I’ve been on the bus on the way home from doing something. They’ve said the work has been shoddy so far and I won’t go that far but I will say that the work is been started but not finished. Hopefully, this will be finished sooner rather than later and we can get back to living our normal lives.