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Re: Is the landlord responsible to compensate me for mold having eaten my suitcase etc.?

Postby Icon » 31 Jan 2016, 10:20

Lao Tzu wrote:This is the place: http://www.taipeiloft.com/room-types-and-rates


Weird. Banqiao is not that humid and this is a high rise. But 30k plus is highway robbery in Banquiao. It is a nice new building and all but...anyways, what is done is done.

But yes, I see no air circulation there with the place sealed up.

Yes, humidity is part of life. Taiwan is not the US where ypu can sue on compensation for thing. Intangibles, like face or name calling, can land you in jail, but lawsuits or even insurance for stuff is incomprehensible.
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Re: Is the landlord responsible to compensate me for mold having eaten my suitcase etc.?

Postby Icon » 31 Jan 2016, 18:12

Here a link to a few charities that would welcome your unwanted stuff
http://www.polu.url.tw/baby-home2.html
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Re: Is the landlord responsible to compensate me for mold having eaten my suitcase etc.?

Postby afterspivak » 31 Jan 2016, 20:22

If you decide to come live in north Taiwan again, by all means get a dehumidifier. For me, this is as essential as those "water machines" to be able to live here.

In the meantime, I guess all you can do is note this as (an unhappy) experience and move on.

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Re: Is the landlord responsible to compensate me for mold having eaten my suitcase etc.?

Postby Milkybar_Kid » 31 Jan 2016, 21:31

Tempo Gain wrote:Stuff molds in Taiwan. Move on.


Really? Perhaps in the north it does, but in 5+ years here in Kaohsiung I've never seen mold in any of the places where I've lived. Perhaps it's because I'm always very picky about having a bathroom with a window in it.
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Re: Is the landlord responsible to compensate me for mold having eaten my suitcase etc.?

Postby tommy525 » 01 Feb 2016, 01:26

In the north you don't just grow old, you grow moldy as well. Mold gets everywhere and into everything. I couldn't keep my leather jacket in the house because of mold, it stayed in the car in the summer and on my body the other times.

All my year books, all sorts of paper grew moldy. Anything paper i couldn't keep when i lived in Wanli. The jungle is not far so there are tons of fungus and other moldy things in the air.
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Re: Is the landlord responsible to compensate me for mold having eaten my suitcase etc.?

Postby Lao Tzu » 01 Feb 2016, 14:01

Thanks everyone for contributing with your views, helped a lot! I felt completely lonely in this situation, once I got into it no way to get out. Had to work in the apartment (full of mold) for 2.5 months more than full-time at the same time as I had these dental issues (and still have, the supplements and homeopathic I got are only temporary). I lived in Taichung 2 months earlier, although during summer, liked it better. Perhaps Kaohsiung is also bettern than Taipei (I've heard a lot of people move from Taipei and choose to live in Taichung instead). Anyway, this was my last time in Taiwan, any reason I would visit would be to see this holistic dentist.

The landlord first said she would visit me, then when I complained about this said she would send the housekeeper at 08.30 Sunday morning. She never turned up. So I made a quick decision yesterday and changed my flight to Sunday evening. The security guard downstairs (really weird atmosphere all the time, the landlord told me not to talk too often with them for some reason, but instead choose to talk to the housekeeper, who tried as much as she could to avoid having anything with me to do), when I left he didn't open the main entrance at first (normally does that immediately), but instead called my landlord, after that he let me out.

Some pecularities in the rental agreement also: Must show respect to the security guards (always greet them, not in the contract that you must greet them, but you couldn't avoid it), always must register visitors, maximum 2 persons allowed, fines if you don't do proper recycling etc. Often when I just have my job in my mind and go out, it doesn't feel like you want to greet a guard, I don't consider myself disrespectul for that.

I didn't have time to do anything with the things I had bought, so I just left them as they were in the apartment.
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Re: Is the landlord responsible to compensate me for mold having eaten my suitcase etc.?

Postby Icon » 01 Feb 2016, 14:37

For the record, Japan is even worse in terms of how strict they are about recycling and non recycling stuff, and the complexity of ties and items collected on certain days requires a lot of studying. Seriously.

I think you are in one of those high end place where celebrities and politicians live. A pal lives in one of those. The guard thing is so they know it is you - in spite of all the security with the elevator keys and stuff. Limited number of visitors -some floors do not allow children or pets. And a lot other security mafan.

Pity about the stuff. This is the perfect time of the year to pass it on.
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Re: Is the landlord responsible to compensate me for mold having eaten my suitcase etc.?

Postby Lao Tzu » 01 Feb 2016, 22:17

I think you are right: on my floor there is some type of security organization (there is a big black emblem on the wall, something like "security for the nation" or something). And pets are not allowed. Probably Kuomintang, because the young guard was in very bad mood the day after the election, only time during my 2.5 months there, and the first time he did not greet me. But the immediate surroundings are low-class, only this building is completely new (still maintenance work going on). So the photos does not give a right picture of how the immediate surroundings look like (those pictures are taken by the Super Mega mall, 10 minutes away).

There is also some type of company or companies in this building, together with residents. I met them once when I by accident made the fire alarm go, they were extremely serious, no joking or anything.
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Re: Is the landlord responsible to compensate me for mold having eaten my suitcase etc.?

Postby Abacus » 02 Feb 2016, 01:08

Milkybar_Kid wrote:
Tempo Gain wrote:Stuff molds in Taiwan. Move on.


Really? Perhaps in the north it does, but in 5+ years here in Kaohsiung I've never seen mold in any of the places where I've lived. Perhaps it's because I'm always very picky about having a bathroom with a window in it.


You are talking about 2 completely different types of climates. It is a fair amount warmer and sunnier/smoggier down south.
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Re: Is the landlord responsible to compensate me for mold having eaten my suitcase etc.?

Postby Icon » 02 Feb 2016, 10:22

Lao Tzu wrote:I think you are right: on my floor there is some type of security organization (there is a big black emblem on the wall, something like "security for the nation" or something). And pets are not allowed. Probably Kuomintang, because the young guard was in very bad mood the day after the election, only time during my 2.5 months there, and the first time he did not greet me. But the immediate surroundings are low-class, only this building is completely new (still maintenance work going on). So the photos does not give a right picture of how the immediate surroundings look like (those pictures are taken by the Super Mega mall, 10 minutes away).

There is also some type of company or companies in this building, together with residents. I met them once when I by accident made the fire alarm go, they were extremely serious, no joking or anything.


FWIW, some mafias even take over the administration of buildings. Big business.
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