OMG you guys, I'm SO upset right now! It's a long story... but I have to get it out!
So, I noticed about a month ago that it looked like there was water damage at the base of the wall outside our bathroom. Just great because it is NOT easy to deal with German landlords simply because of the language barier and the fact that the Landlord/Tenant Laws are.. well... different from the US at best. We have a special office through the military who is supposed to be the go-between. I called them when we noticed the damage and left a message, but I did not receive a call back. So, last week I called again and finally got to talk with someone who contacted our landlord right away. They came out to see what the problem was and to fix a few other minor things that were wrong here and there. Keep in mind that from day 1 our landlord has been SO kind... even bringing the girls baby dolls at Christmas... and they come as soon as housing calls them. So I'm thinking the problem will be fixed and everything will be hunky dory. So, far this is SOOO not the case. She came out today with a repair guy to assess the damage and, from what I could gather through my minimum German, she is blaming it on my girls and saying that WE have to pay the damages. Apparently, the overflow valve was loose, so every time we took a shower, water would run right down onto the floor under the tub because our shower head points right at the overflow valve. She claims that the only way that valve could be loose is if my girls loosened/broke it (they're 6 & 4), so the damages are my responsibility, not hers. She also says we waited too long to call. Um, no, I called as soon as I noticed there might be a problem... which by that time, the damage was already done. I called the housing office back today to tell them what I gathered she said to me, but of course they can't do anything until they receive her statement to see what in fact she is claiming.
I'm SO furious right now that I have to deal with this. 1) because the chances of us getting our $4000 deposit back now are slim and 2) I never wanted to move off post in the 1st place... they made us 2 years ago because they were remodeling the building we lived in and didn't have anything else on post for us. So, we were forced to move off post (which I've actually enjoyed, but that's beside the point), spend additional money out of our pocket to pay the gas and electric bills... and now this!
And the worst part of it all is that, now my husband is going to be a real bear to live with because he automatically assumes the worst of any situation and when it comes to money... holy overlord batman... he's a PIA if he feels it's being wasted. These damages could cost us upwards of $5000 if housing doesn't fight for us! :17: