Housing Complaints

Автор: | 06.12.2018

Description: Finding a good apartment for rent sometimes takes time, but things always come up. What kinds of complaints or problems do tenants experience when renting a home or apartment? Briefly discuss these ideas with a partner. Explain one solution for each problem you came up with.
Helpful tip: If there is a problem with your housing, contact your landlord immediately so you can resolve the issue. You might even be liable for damages (e.g., water damage from a leaking pipe) if you don’t report it.

Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

1. Mr. Burton asks the manager to tell the man in apartment 4B to:
A. turn off the music after 10:00 PM
B. turn down the volume to his stereo
C. use headphones when listening to music

2. Why is the manager hesitant about carrying out this request?
A. He says the matter is the owner’s responsibility, not his.
B. He is not on talking terms with his son who lives there.
C. He is afraid of what the man might say or do.

3. What is Mr. Burton’s second complaint?
A. There is an awful smell coming from the farm next door.
B. The property owners next door are illegally disposing of waste.
C. The neighbors are burning leaves which are drifting his way.

4. How does the manager respond to this second request?
A. He cannot do anything because the people are within their rights as landowners.
B. He has discussed this with the landowners, but his request has fallen on deaf ears.
C. He has livestock as well, so he can sympathize with the neighbor’s situation.

5. What is the source of Mr. Burton’s third complaint?
A. The military is flying high-altitude jets overhead causing supersonic booms.
B. A coal company has resumed its mining operations using explosive devices.
C. The armed forces are carrying out artillery training exercises nearby.

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