Bad News Bears

Have I ever told you how much I love my home? Well, I do. I love it, love it, love it. It is the most perfect, darling, updated beach bungalow in the world. You can even ask SAJ…she’ll concur, I’m sure.

My landlord just informed us that he is going to sell it.

Like right now.

The bastard.

I just received a letter with the information about the realtor who will be showing it, and according to him, he “has instructed her to use the utmost courtesy in giving advanced notice of showings and working around your baby’s napping schedule”.

Napping schedule? NAPPING SCHEDULE? What 5-week old has a fucking napping schedule? Um, Mr. Landlord, my baby’s schedule consists of two things. Eating and Sleeping at Random Times Throughout The Day. And unless you want your realtor to become close and personal friends with my nipple or her ass to be royally chewed when she wakes my baby, we better figure something else out ASAP.

I can’t believe this is happening right now. I don’t want to move.

  1. rebecca

    September 8, 2006 at 9:12 am

    Oh no. That totally sucks. Well, there’s always Aliso Viejo… come on down! :) That’s where we moved since we realized we couldn’t afford to buy the beach place we lived in CDM.

    I feel for you because a) moving sucks and b) moving has to suck even worse with a newborn.

  2. Neil

    September 8, 2006 at 9:44 am

    Make sure you read up on all the laws about how much time he has to give you, deposits, etc. — because you have rights too in a situation like this.

  3. Xangelle

    September 8, 2006 at 10:30 am

    That sucks! What awful timing! Hope that everything wors out even better than you could possibly imagine!

  4. reluctant housewife

    September 8, 2006 at 10:35 am


    Our landlord made us move when our son was 4 months old. It sucks when people come to see the house and you’re housebound with a newborn. It took the landlord 3 months after we had moved out to rent it again, because I was always home when they showed the house and when people asked me why we where moving I was honest. “He’s kicking us out after 3 years of being model tenants because we have a baby and he thinks we’ll be more demanding. But no worries! We’ve found a bigger and better place! Good luck to you – hope you’re not planning on having a baby anytime soon.”

    Clearly it scared a few people away.

  5. am'ti b

    September 8, 2006 at 12:11 pm

    what? he couldn’t have told you this in june or even july, then you could have found a place and we could have all helped you move in while we were there. sounds like a good reason for another visit-i am a pro at moving.

  6. BeachMama

    September 8, 2006 at 12:12 pm

    Ack! That sucks the big one.

    First, I only wish you had the cool 1.5 mill to purchase it, it has always sounded wonderful and I wish I lived in a cool beach house, but then I would have to move to a beach.

    Second, I am with everyone else, there must be some laws that would help you at least with the time frame. Here in Canada, they do have to give you notice and you are allowed at least 24 hours notice, of which you are also allowed to refuse a showing at a certain time, if you are busy or it interferes. If it isn’t working out, the owner must actually ask you to move out before showing it to sell (not an advantage for them without your cool decor).

    Wish you the best in figuring this all out. And wishing you a cool mill to make the purchase.

  7. Jennifer

    September 8, 2006 at 12:15 pm

    I’m sorry :( I always worry about my landlord doing the same thing. I can just imagine how you feel right now. Especially since you live in such a nice home. We’re living in an older home in Brea, but it’s home and if we were forced to leave I would cry. Sounds like your landlord is trying to cash out before the California Real Estate Bubble BURSTS.

  8. Amy

    September 8, 2006 at 12:45 pm

    oh what bad, bad news. your house surely won’t sell anytime soon in this market and they will probably price it waay too high at first. and that will give you more time. and then you must just hop on craigs list. i think you find cuter cottage type small rental homes in cdm, eastside cm, and newport heights by driving around. so sorry to hear this.

  9. Darren McLikeshimself

    September 8, 2006 at 7:26 am

    ACK! Whoorl! That’s terrible!

  10. gorillabuns

    September 8, 2006 at 8:15 pm

    that just means you can pack up and move back home so mr has my girls to play with, right?

    yeah, i know i’m living in a dream world.

  11. Jurgen Nation

    September 8, 2006 at 9:33 pm

    Noooooooooooooooooo! God, that is devastating. I’m sorry!!

    And, seriously. Napping schedule? Riiiight. Clearly the letter writer has never been around an infant.

  12. Bethany

    September 9, 2006 at 5:28 am

    Awww, whoorl. That’s so awful. I mean not starving babies awful…but pretty shitty nonetheless. Does this man not realize that you’ve just had a baby??? Cold-hearted a-hole. I’m sure…well It’ll be tough, Cali and all. But i’m sure ya’ll will find something you love, I hope:) Good vibes. It’s gonna be a house-buying year for the internet it seems. We are buying in Jan i hope!

  13. Angella

    September 11, 2006 at 6:49 am

    That seriously bites…hope it takes forever to sell,and hat you find an even BETTER place :)

  14. undercover celebrity

    September 11, 2006 at 11:06 am

    I hear my mother’s words echoing in my head, “life’s not fair.” ERGH.

    But I am reminded of the Sex and the City episode where the same thing happened to Carrie — and, you know what? She bought the place. And she lived happily ever after. Nipples in tact.

  15. Lin

    September 12, 2006 at 8:05 am

    Oh man, this is an unwanted complication. And a tough one. Southern California real estate is nuts at best, but to buy something at this stage, even if you could afford it, is probably unwise. And ir probably will be tough to duplicate your current space for a similar rent. It’s hard to get a good feel for where the market is going at the moment, but even if it doesn’t go downhill, it sure seems pretty stagnant. Not the best time to invest. I’m so sorry.