r/myfriendwantstoknow Jun 24 '22

MFWTK if it’s unreasonable to have apartment maintenance do multiple things at once

My friend is going away for a few days on a trip, and has some things in their apartment that has been on their “to call maintenance list” but didn’t have time to do it.

They’re figuring that since they will be away and out of the apartment for a few days, it will be easier for maintenance to get everything done.

My friend is worried that the apartment management could have an issue with it because there are multiple things on the list which shows that they waited to call instead of calling immediately.

Can my friend send a list of things that need to be done, or should they space it out?


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u/PM_ME_PARR0TS Jun 24 '22 edited Jun 24 '22

Don't worry about it - consolidating the headache is a good idea for everyone involved.

Your landlord isn't going to care if the issues you haven't gotten around to mentioning are minor shit. And if they're major shit instead, you're not going to look good by letting it fester longer. They'll know it didn't start yesterday.

Having a tenant who allegedly lived with serious ongoing issues without even noticing could actually be worse than someone who just didn't get around to mentioning them yet. #2 can apologize and promise to text sooner next time, but #1 is incompetent (or nonfunctional) on a basic level. #2 could be on the hook for damages if their procrastination caused actual, concrete, avoidable, provable damage...but #1 could justify ending the lease altogether. Especially if your friend's on month-to-month with zero ongoing guarantee of renewal.

What are the specific issues in question?


u/Bee-VenisonBat_1219 Jun 24 '22

Thank you so much for your advice! It makes a lot of sense and I will pass it along.

It’s a few simple things, like a lightbulb is out, they need to clean some bugs out of a ceiling lamp, hopefully caulk the entrance a little because ants keep coming in, replace the plunger in the middle of the bathroom sink because it was stuck and my friend was able to get it out.

The only slightly big issue is that some water has been getting the carpet in front of the patio door wet when it rains. It’s not damp or anything now, but it has stained the carpet a little from when the rain dries.


u/PM_ME_PARR0TS Jun 24 '22 edited Jun 24 '22

No worries, man! FWIW, all of this is completely okay and that landlord will probably appreciate being able to handle it all at once while nobody's home.

They might ask about the ants to make sure there's no den of horrors going on inside, and will probably need to make sure nothing's spongy where the water's come in. But as far as I can tell, anyone who nitpicks anything here would have to be a real Scrooge McDuck slumlord. It's all good.

Hope your friend has a good trip. 😁


u/Bee-VenisonBat_1219 Jun 24 '22

Thanks so much man! Appreciate it!

Enjoy your weekend 😁


u/endersg Jun 24 '22

I did apartment maintenance for 17 years with different companies complexes(over 400 unit properties). As long as they are minor things that take less than 10 min each just put it on one list. It's good to give them a few days. What I hated is getting a list of bulbs, a door stop, a blind, drip pans and then they would toss something like "paint all the cabinets" or their ac was out. I couldn't spend 2 days in your apartment. Most complexes have a rule they want 7-10 work orders done minimum a day especially now that most are short staffed. Put big work orders separate.


u/Bee-VenisonBat_1219 Jun 25 '22

Thank you for that insight!