October 15, 2009
Keys, drains and plugs - flats and other problems
For the love of god! I moved into my flat about 5 weeks ago and every week the landlady has been coming here and/or a worker to fix something and its still not finished. We had to wait ages for nets to be put onto the windows as a safety device for our child, as its 6 floors up. They took ages to be made, then we had to a get a child gate put on the kitchen door way as there is no door to the kitchen. The sink plug that goes in the bathroom sink is too small, so the water drains away when you fill it to shave. I still have to try to get locks put onto the windows, as in Moscow it seems every flat has plastic windows that just open without any safety catch on them at all. Very dangerous.
The kitchen sink stinks of sewage, the landlady came with two men 3 weeks ago and they could not fix it so she decided to get a new sink but of course the sink she originally put in is not a standard size so she has had problems finding a new one, they came today with a new one and have been banging about in the kitchen since 12 and its now 4.00. The sink in the bathroom is not a standard size either, so I don't know how I will find a plug to fit? Why do these Russians make life so hard for themselves and everyone else? a theme I keep returning to in this blog. We only took this flat as there was nothing else available. Trying to find a "normal" non vulgar luxury flat here, is a walk of fire and endurance of nerves. If you have a budget of about 3,000 euro per month or more it will be easier but they are still way off on acceptable and fair rent prices. We pay 2,100 euro per month excluding bills in a flat that is really only worth 800 euro per month.
On a closing note, I will say that so far, our flat owner and landlady seems to be good and fair, so my gut feeling may have been right, lets hope it continues.