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Stupid fucking landlord

So Amy, my roommate, was doing laundry a couple weeks back, shortly after the last inspection, and overheard the landlord talking with the cleaning lady about how he was trying to find some excuse to get me kicked out of the apartment (only a few days after pressuring Amy to join the lease, no less, which cost her a $35 background check fee). And last night he's made his first move, by claiming we failed the inspection. He claims the apartment was such a disaster area that the carpets need to be professionally cleaned (which would cost $200) and at first only gave us 6 days to clean the place or be evicted. After talking with Amy, he is giving us til the 18th, but still... ugh. The place was clean when he inspected it, he's just pulling bullshit on us.

I don't know for sure why he's doing this, but Amy suspects he wants to rent the apartments out to yuppies who will pay $700 or more in rent. Which is ridiculous, anyway; first of all, I can't imagine any yuppies wanting to live in a dump like this, and secondly, this dump isn't even worth the $665 I'm paying now. Hell, I don't think it's even worth $550 a month!

My own theory is that he barely tolerated me to begin with, just because I'm transgendered, disabled, and pagan. After all, I'm quiet and polite and have never gotten any complaints. I have only been late on payments once or twice by sheer accident, and never within the time he's been here.

Why do I think he's being prejudiced against me? He made me take a pentacle drawing down from my door before Amy moved in on some fucking flimsy excuse, though he has never said anything about the "Grim Gables Cemetary" sign on my door, nor anything about the Shao'ahn'dih'gahn design on the door. But I also wear a pentacle necklace all the time, so it's not exactly a secret. And in the yearly "inspections" which I am certain are illegal, he has seen my altar. The last two landladies didn't have a problem with anything about me, and I've passed inspections before when the place was less clean than it is now.

This sack of horse shit has also bitched at both me and Amy, wanting to know if I have a case worker; I get the impression he doesn't believe that I'm actually disabled even though I've explained to him about being an aspie and having depression. Well Monday I intend to go into the disability center and tell them about this fuckwit and see if they will talk to him. Because I don't have the money or the stress management capabilities to jump through his ridiculous bullshit hoops.

Oh, and I think that my having an unemployed homeless woman as a roommate might have pushed him over the edge, even though she said she would leave if it was a problem. But no, he pretended it was okay and then pressured her into joining the lease despite her protests that she has no job despite looking hard for one. She's had one job the whole time she's been here, and only lasted a day before being let go for refusing to do something illegal. And this motherfucker keeps mis-gendering me, too.

I am not going to take this bullshit sitting down. I am going to talk to my case worker (I got curious after the first time he mentioned it and checked, which is how I got on this program to pay my Medicare premium for me, netting me $100 more per month than before), have her talk to the bastard, and if that doesn't work, I'm going to get the ACLU involved. I swear to Goddess, this bigoted motherfucker is going to rue the day he fucked with me.

Gods damn... the last two landladies may have been incompetent and never had anything fixed, but at least they were nice.

Oh, did I mention that this landlord had basically zero experience before being given the job? He was, and still is along with his landlord duties, a fucking MAINTENANCE WORKER. They gave a fucking REPAIRMAN a landlord job. And now the power has gotten to his head and he's picked a fight with the avatar of a FIERY CHAOS GODDESS!

I will admit, I was scared earlier, but I will not let a fucking worthless maggot like that scare me, so I have transmuted my fear into RAGE. If he wants to brawl with a fire goddess, then he's gonna get his tiny testicles BURNED!!!

If you have any suggestions for helping me shut this assface down and get through this trying time, please let me know.

This was cross-posted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org/1178523.html
You can comment either here or there.

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kengr
Sep. 29th, 2013 04:29 am (UTC)
If you've got a witness to the mis-gendering, that *alone* is likely enough to threaten him with discrimination under both Oregon and Portland laws.

Heck making you take down the pentacle is *religious* discrimination. What kind of grief do you think he'd get for making a Christian take down a cross.

Talk to your case worker and be sure to mention both. Ask her if it's a good idea to call the management company and complain about the way he's violating the law.

Do be aware that even if the ACLU got involved, it'd likely be *after* you got evicted.

Oh yeah, if your camera or Amy's will record video, set it up somewhere that will cover both of you next time and ask if he'd mind if you recorded things. If he objects, ask for a witness, or that he give you things in writing. If your camera won't, mine will.

Hell, ask for everything in writing. *Including* that bit about the pentacle.
fayanora
Sep. 30th, 2013 04:12 am (UTC)
Amy is a witness to the misgendering.

Thanks for the ideas!
kengr
Sep. 29th, 2013 04:58 am (UTC)
Did some quick googling:

Actual text of laws:
Oregon
http://www.leg.state.or.us/ors/659a.html

Multnomah county
http://www.antibiaslaw.com/civil-rights-library/local-civil-rights-laws/multnomah-county

Portland
http://www.antibiaslaw.com/civil-rights-library/local-civil-rights-laws/portland

And this is likely who you'd file a complaint with.
Oregon Civil Rights Division
http://www.oregon.gov/boli/CRD/pages/c_crprotoc.aspx

Check with your caseworker, but I'd be *real* tempted to print out the Portland law and highlight the bits about sexual orientation, gender identity, source of income, and disability in the renting sections.

Also, if you haven't done so in the past, be sure to print out the requests for repairs, with two copies, one for you and one for them and get them signed and dated.

fayanora
Sep. 30th, 2013 04:15 am (UTC)
Thanks for the links! I've starred the convo so I can come back to it.

Also interested on your opinion of norokrex's comment: http://fayanora.livejournal.com/1273632.html?thread=4738848#t4738848
arinwolfe
Sep. 29th, 2013 05:01 am (UTC)
No good advice, but what the fuck? That is complete bullshit. The misgendering alone makes me forget how to use english. And asking for proof that you're disabled is illegal. Federally(I think).
fayanora
Sep. 30th, 2013 04:19 am (UTC)
*Nods*
fayanora
Sep. 30th, 2013 04:22 am (UTC)
PS
And asking for proof that you're disabled is illegal. Federally(I think).

Even an invisible disability?
kengr
Sep. 30th, 2013 05:16 am (UTC)
Re: PS
Given that discrimination on the basis of disability is illegal, that makes asking about it more than a bit suspect, whether it's legal to ask or not.

Asking "why do you need to know" is often enlightening.
arinwolfe
Sep. 30th, 2013 02:24 pm (UTC)
Re: PS
Yep. I learned this from service dogs (I can look up the details if you want). You're not allowed to ask for someone to prove why they need a service dog because asking for the proof in general is illegal
also Kengr down there has a good point the "why" is often a very enlightening point.
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