Sometime, you know from the start you have a bad landlord, but the rent or location is too hard to pass up. You take the apartment and just suffer through the negatives, but recently, I rented a small cottage in a good area of town. I wanted to be closer to my work, so I took the rent increase for all the positives that my new to me cottage would offer me. Honestly, I didn’t check out the landlord as thoroughly as I tend to do, for this home was in such a better neighborhood than others I had rented. Well, I learned my lesson the hard way. Fall was setting in fast in our neck of the woods and the cold was bitterly felt in the early morning hours. I knew it was time to turn on the HVAC system. I went over to the thermostat to give it a gentle start. I knew you needed to go slow with any unit, when it hasn’t been in gear for some time. Well, the sound was bad. I mean really bad. It screeched, it blasted and it stunk like there was no end in site! This was bad. I called the landlord for hours, then days and finally after a week of being frozen, I gave up. I called the local HVAC provider to come over and look at the unit. He said that he hadn’t maintenanced this unit since it was installed years ago! He opened the vents that were rusted shut and the filters were completely clogged. The ductwork was infested with mold and dead bugs! The entire heating and cooling unit needed to be replaced. The landlord finally called me back. He knew he was at fault and approved all of the work and replacement.