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post #1 of Old 08-17-2014, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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Need help: Home trashed by a possibly evicted tenant


I just moved into a new apartment, and it's blatantly obvious that my landlord is a slumlord. The place was not cleaned at all prior to my move in as he verbally agreed (should've gotten it in writing), and unfortunately the place was trashed by the previous occupant who appears to have left on less than amicable terms. The power was off and the space sat vacant in the 100+ degree summer heat for three months, so cleaning has proven to be a nightmare.

Any advice on tools, cleaners, methods, etc. on tackling this challenge gratefully accepted. Unfortunately my poor financial situation means I can't afford much for cleaning, I'm an entirely self-supporting college student and can barely pay rent for this dump.

-Urine on the tile floor, appears to have coagulated.
-Raw meat, tomato, and other foods smeared all over inside of fridge, foul odor resulted (baking soda didn't work)
-Feces in the tank of the toilet, and the bowl is heavily stained.
-Shower mold
-2+ inches of oven grime
-Perishable food also deliberately smeared inside microwave, foul odor and stains
-Unknown substance sticky inside wood cabinets (kitchen and bathroom vanity)
-All drains clogged with unknown substance (resisted Drain-O type product)

Thank you so much in advance!!!
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post #2 of Old 08-18-2014, 12:58 AM
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Here is the cheap! Get a bottle of bleach, any type of spray bottle.... used or what ever, just rinse it out. Hopefully you know about ammonia and bleach not mixing so no bottle that has had that in it. Pour a little bleach in the bottle and add water. That is the cheapest cleaner you are going to get. Maybe buy some green scratch pads and if you can find one at the dollar store a putty knife.

Bleach and water might not have a lot of fighting power except on mold but that's what your muscles are for.

I'd get in to the laws of a slum lord but I'm sure that's what everyone else is telling you.

Good luck! What city are you in?
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post #3 of Old 08-18-2014, 02:05 AM Thread Starter
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Great idea, about what I was expecting. I'm aware about not mixing bleach/ammonia, but was debating over which of them to use. Do you think steel wool be a good idea here?

I would love to sue this jerk, aside from filth there are also plumbing/electrical issues that he's failed to address. I'm hesitant though because he has the personality of a used car salesman, so I could see it quickly becoming a very dirty fight.

Thanks a lot,
I'm in Salisbury, MD!
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post #4 of Old 09-09-2014, 03:29 PM
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Bleach will be your best friend! Be sure to allow the bleach to sit undisturbed for a few minutes. Any mold or grime will clear after a few applications. Another cheap product to use on the drain is 2L bottle of Coca-Cola: allow to sit for a couple hours before running water; and if clogged with hair use a hanger!

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