Our apartment is falling apart.
Our apartment, for those of you who haven’t been privileged enough to receive a Skype tour, is an old, fairly large ‘villa’. A ‘villa’ in Korea does not mean a huge, resort-style getaway that the word means in English – it means you live over a business. Simple. And these businesses have been here for a LONG time, so the apartments are really old and don’t conform to building standards. Needless to say, our apartment is falling apart, fast.
I did a blog post last week on what happened to our sink. It still isn’t fixed because we couldn’t get a hold of our landlord. And our wall above our bedroom window is getting worse. It leaks when it rains (which, lately, has been quite often) and it’s spreading across the wall underneath the wallpaper.
As far as I know, we’re not going to have to pay for the window, because that is not our fault at all, but we will have to pay for the sink. What sucks even more, is that the reasons we have to pay for the sink are as follows:
- we didn’t tell them when it was loose, so if we had of told them before, they could have fixed it
- we have friends over, so who knows who actually broke it – it could have been our friends who broke it, which would, according to our landlord, put the responsibility on our friends and us rather then our landlord
- nowhere in our contract does it say that the school is responsible for repairs. nowhere in the contract, however, does it say that WE are responsible for repairs. it falls on the landlord to decide, and the school to agree. so, of course, who comes out on the losing side? us.
it’s just frustrating to have this all happen now, when we are 82 days away from leaving, and we want a good recommendation from our school for our next jobs. we don’t want to piss them off, nor do we want to pay for the repairs when we feel that they aren’t our fault. well, maybe the sink was our fault, but if it’s going to be outrageously expensive, we can’t afford to pay for it.
the life of being in a country where the rules are completely different from your own.
KOREA TIP – make sure to read your contracts over VERY VERY carefully, and make sure that they stipulate who is going to pay for repairs. also, keep your apartment clean, because your landlord could use that as an excuse for not paying for repairs as well.