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Re: Bye Bye Garden..

First, I'll say, that's a shame, and pretty rude on his part. Now onto "What do we do?"

How much time is left on your lease?  Start looking before your time is up.
It is his prerogative to reclaim the yards as he did the downstairs apt. (what happened to those previous tenants? - could that have been a heads-up that you missed?) $300 for a grill and patio set means that none of it is so large that you can't store it inside your apt for a short time or sell it; it's not money down the drain.

As to the plants, like others have said, pot them up. Consider yourself lucky that he has told you to take them out. They've been "installed" and he might have forced you into leaving without them. BTW, check your lease. Was there any language pertaining to use of the yards? - or was it just a verbal agreement with dad? And are you now "banned" from using the yards at all? Must you only come and go to your second floor?

These are reasons many Americans embrace homeownership. We can do what we want, within reason, on our own property. You might end up considering this a mixed blessing. You've talked about looking for a place before. Now you've got the impetus to get you looking more seriously. And in today's market, you might find a real bargain where you can install all your treasures as you please.

Still, it was pretty rotten on his part....

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "Sue Walsh" <sue.nyc@att.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, August 10, 2008 12:37 AM
Subject: [CHAT] Bye Bye Garden..

We got a very unpleasant surprise today. To backtrack a bit, our landlord sold our house (two family brownstone) to his son, who moved in downstairs. We knew him and all so it didn't seem like a big deal. That is until he told us today we are no longer allowed any use of the front or backyard. Our grill, patio set, and all our outdoor plants have to go. To quote him ("It's MY house, and MY yard. You just rent the second floor." ). We're unhappy to say the least. The grill and patio set are new and since we have to get rid of them that's $300 down the drain. The plants (including three rose bushes) probably cost me a hundred or so at least. Now the previous landlord (his father) had no problem with any of it, and this one has been around since April and just now decided to tell us. He said it "slipped his mind". Right. He saw me planting, saw the grill and table set up, and never said a word. We're not dirty, messy people. When we moved in the front yard was bare and pretty ugly, and we're always complimented on how nice we kept things, inside and out.

Needless to say we are looking for a new place to live. Thank goodness we are in a position to do so. We refuse to be treated like second class citizens and made to feel unwelcome in our own home. Fine, he's the landlord, but our rent helps pay the mortgage and frankly after 5 years of paying rent on time and being in their words "perfect tenants" we deserve better treatment.

I know things could be worse but boy are we pissed. All that money wasted!

Sue (Zone 7)
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