I wanted to get feedback or support on a connundrum. I am a single mama in San Francisco, a grad student: not a small feat. I feel constantly pushed around by the housing market (as do most here). The latest is the the decidely non-AP, conservative, mean lady ;) with the big, huge flat who invited us to move in with her and her 3 yr old, now has decided she wants us to move out. It's rent inflation time around here, but luckily, my friends came to the rescue and subletted me a cute place in the Mission. With tons of peeling paint! Several places test positive for lead this AM, most of it where I was going to put my 3 yr old's bedroom.
I've done all the research and started the project myself (was going to hold my breath, do it right, then get her blood levels tested) but when I saw those little pink sticks that read "lead here," well, that's when I stopped and called my mom.
Lead abatement is super pricey and we (I dont think) cant go thru the landlord. The idea was if the lease just turned over, he would raise the rent astronomically. I thought something was wrong with the Craigslist search botton when I went on today and nothing came up in the Mission for 1500 minimum price, then 1600, then 1700. That's right, STUDIOS there start at 1850 now.
What what what should I do? Find a way to remove the most offensive window frame, paint the rest with hardcore products, clean with a hepa and move in? Find another place? I am waiting to hear from a friend of family who paints (fingers crossed).
Little miss 40 hr a week day care, send kid to dad's, go on week long vacations alone without kid (3 or was it 5 this season!) is giving us 2 more weeks. And we finally had an actually fight, which was a relief compared to passive aggression and put-down emails.
Any and all feedback, thanks.