Posted by deirdre on March 21, 1998 at 00:55:47:
In Reply to: Missing jewelery after contractors did work. posted by Dee on March 12, 1998 at 11:44:58:
file a report with the police and then file a claim with your renter's insurance.
If you don't have insurance your probably out of luck.
: Please help. I am one of those fortunate people who really does have
: a decent landlord. Seriously, he really isn't too bad. In general,
: if there is a problem he will take care of it asap.
: Ok, but the story goes something like this. On February 7th I paid two
: months rent, good till April 1st, stating, specifically, to the secretary
: of the managing company that the reason for paying rent 2 months in
: advance is because I was going on vacation and wanted to make sure that
: the rent was taken care of before I left on vacation. That same evening
: I left for Europe and wouldn't be back until the 2nd of March, 1998 (23
: days later).
: My sister was watching my place - feeding cat, changing cat
: liter, watering plants, checking messages, etc. on the days that she would
: be in the city, which was not everyday. Before I left, I hid my jewelry
: box under some clothes, but there was this one ring (16 small diamonds on
: a gold nugget man's pinky ring) that I had in a box slightly hidden in a
: unit pushed up against the wall) because I would soon be giving it back to
: its owner. There was no need to tell my sister of its whereabouts because,
: as far as I knew, she would be the only one allowed in the apartment.
: On either the 11th or 17th of Feb, as my sister told me when I arrived
: back in the states, the owner of the building sent around a notice that
: my sister did not see right away (maybe it was mixed in with the mail).
: The notice said that they were soon to begin working on individual
: apartments to install an intercom system. Anyway, the owner's son
: continuously called my apartment and left messages on the answering
: machine, threatened to break the door down should he not have proper
: access to the apartment. What was my sister to do? So she set up an
: appointment on February 25th with the owners son to allow the workers
: to come in and begin work. She stayed for one hour, but had to go to work.
: She went to the managing office to leave the keys and asked if the
: apartment would be ok to leave with the 6 contractors who were doing work.
: The secretary replied that they have been working with this company for 40
: years and not to worry so my sister left and went to work.
: I didn't notice right away, but after I settled in, unpacked and began
: cleaning the apartment, I checked the box and the ring was missing. Not
: only was the ring missing, but they urinated all over my bathroom,
: splattered feces on the bowl, left stains on my carpet, and cigarette
: ashes on the floor.
: Like I said, the owner is not a bad guy - his son, though, is a little
: crazy, so I bit my tongue and didn't go nuts on the guy, but instead
: spoke calmly to him and informed him of the theft. He said
: he would get back to me in a couple of days. I asked him if I should fill
: out a police report and he suggested no and to first let him get in touch
: with the contractors and ask them first. I finally, after 4 days spoke to
: the owner, and, just as I thought, they all denied it. The owner said that
: he will take care of the cost of the ring, which he may not even do if it
: is too expensive or if I do not have a receipt.
: In addition, I lived in another of his buildings close by 3 years ago
: and they robbed me of all my jewelery, clothes, TV, etc.
: WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS?
: ANY SUGGESTIONS?
: Thank you
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