Twenty four hours later — thanks so much to all of you! — and I’m putting my shoes on the right feet.
Some of you, however, said that you felt sorry for me. Please, no pity parties over here! I almost didn’t post about my eviction because I can’t stomach pity. Instead, feel sorry for those greedy landlords who never smile.
So, after getting the eviction notice, I called the landlords and nicely asked them for 60 days to move out. They left a message back saying they’d give me one extra weekend. Ha.
Then, “T” from the The Quest for T messaged me on Facebook to remind me to take deep breaths. I told her that I was still in shock. Life has been so fulfilling: my “baby” is turning another year older, work is coming in, I’m excited about this new guy…
And then the eviction notice.
Haven’t I faced enough challenges to last me for a short while? Really now. What is the universe trying to teach me?
T reminded me to “focus on the love in your life and be grateful for it. Have faith…. And feel free to tell me to shut up!”
Keep on talking, girl. That goes for all of you.
But anger kicked in. I poured my rage into making calls yesterday. Neighbors, friends, and a couple of home owners (including the new guy and the Israeli ex!) offered advice. I also spoke to a tenants’ rights lawyer.
Here’s what I found out:
Because I’ve lived here for more than one year, legally I have 60 days to move.
With regard to their repairs, they are under lawful obligation to provide me with the nature and type of renovations they intend to do, and how long it will take.
Lastly, I’m researching whether they must pay me a relocation fee.
Thanks so much to Goin’ Crazy for this Helen Keller quote:
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
As I pack up our belongings into boxes, I’ll imagine opening the door to our new home…
Today, at Singlemommyhood, Dr. Leah and I ask how you handle those unexpected expenses, whether it’s moving fees or your kid’s braces.
We’d love to know!
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