______ It’s dirty.
__________ It’s stinky.
_______________ It’s toxic.
AGH! It’s scary! ARG! It’s annoying!
Sometimes it’s obvious. Sometimes you smell it. And sometimes you just have an intuition that it’s there.
So what do you do?
Well, I sat down this week with Mold Inspector, Bret Pfeifer from Golden State Mold Inspections and got the low-down for all our renters out there.
The Rental Girl: Hey Bret! Thanks for chatting with us today. Mold has become and increasingly bigger and bigger issue for renters in Los Angeles. We get a lot of renters asking us what they can do if they suspect mold. Can you explain briefly exactly what you do?
Bret: As a mold inspector our job is to inspect a property for mold contamination, identify the type of mold and its toxins, determine the source of the mold growth and a scope of work for proper remediation. On top of this, in our inspection we report areas that could be susceptible to future mold contamination and give recommendations on how to fix and prevent mold from growing.
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Have you looked at your LADWP bill lately? If you’re wondering why your DWP bill keeps increasing, it may not have to do with the amount of electricity your using. LADWP religiously increases the trash fees on us. All this bill analyzing has got me thinking,
Holy cow I throw out a lot of trash!
Well all the trash has to go somewhere and DPW has to charge us more and more and more and MORE for it. Where is all this trash going? Why am I paying so much!? These ridiculously high DWP bills really got me questioning my consuming habits. Before calling up and having a ragging fit with the poor helpless LADWP customer service foks, I decided I needed to make some changes first: consume less, recycle more and start composting. Once I’ve eliminated 50% of my waste, I’ll bring up my case with the ‘ol LADWP folks to reduce the fee.
In this post, I focus on composting.
After some initial research, I discovered by composting I can eliminate about 20% or more of what I throw out in the trash. I also discovered that many people have an aversion to composting. Especially us city-folk. Being an L.A. native, I was skeptical at first. I hardly have any yard space, the buildings are close together, compost smells, attracts flies, and even rodents… and bugs… and oh my! But I got the idea in my head and I was determined to make this work.
Sure enough some environmentally conscious city dweller has created a simple and efficient composting method for urban homes and apartments: The Green Cone. This green upside down ice cream cone-looking thing takes all cooked and uncooked food waste and uses the sun to convert it into water. Open lid, dump food, shut lid and let glorious sun do all the work. Virtually NO maintenance! And to top it off, it doesn’t smell or attract bugs around it. You do need a small patch of dirt, $170 bucks and a shovel. Dig a hole, bury half the cone and start composting. Brilliant!
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A few years ago I rented a 2 story house to a group of individuals. Soon after they moved and settled in there was a plumbing accident in the upstairs bathroom and the downstairs bedroom got flooded. The roommate’s belongings were destroyed. There wasn’t much on the floor. But he did have one item – an expensive ($7,000) musical instrument – totally destroyed. The owner fixed the leak right away and made the necessary repairs and told the tenant to contact his renters insurance to replace or pay for the instrument. Uh oh… renters insurance? He didn’t have it. You can imagine he was pretty upset.
You see, the landlord is not responsible for damage to personal belongings. The landlord is responsible for making the necessary repairs in a timely fashion. But the renter is responsible for replacing any damaged personal property. For this reason, the insurance companies come to the rescue offering Renter’s Insurance. It’s not that expensive, it’s easy to get and you need it.
A landlord can have every possible insurance available for owners but none of his insurance policies will cover your personal belongings. It is your responsibility and I’m posting to remind you about it!
Renters insurance will cover losses to your personal property from the following perils:
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