Hi, any of you have experience on living with small children in an apartment, possibly on a second or third floor? We're relocating and moving out of state and finding the right apartment and right landlord has been a struggle. Many are too small, too much money, don't accept pets and we have a little dog. But we found one that accepts pets, is a pretty affordable rent, and it is nice inside, newish looking kitchen, tile in the shower, three bedrooms, a living room, dining room, new carpet, shelves built into the walls. And this is an area where we already looked at a few places and it just wasn't as good. One place, the current tenant told us how the landlord was involved in a drug ring, and I googled his name and she was right. Another place was a mobile home, in rough shape but still sort of livable, except for not a single closet in the place. It's getting harder and harder to find somewhere and my husband has been away for over eight months living in another state during the week while we worked until we could get a place.
The drawbacks to this place, climbing two flights of stairs. I already climb one flight with my children, not fun, but not the worst thing. The other is that when I walked in, I could clearly smell cigarette smoke coming from the bottom floor apartment. It traveled up the stairs a bit too. The landlord said she could smell it and was mad about that. Then, two of my three children, the 2 and 3 year old boys, were with me, but my five year old daughter was not. There was nothing in the apartment, a wide open space, so the boys began to run and dance. She said it was fine since they'd obviously been on a long car ride, but I had to ask, would it disturb the people downstairs? They don't do that all the time and I tell my three year old to not run inside all the time, but he never seems to step lightly just while walking from one room to another. The told her husband to go downstairs to see if they could hear it (the second floor apartment was empty but another woman and child are moving in) and he could. They then discussed putting a thick pad and carpet down on that said room the children were making noise in. The rest is mostly carpeting already. She said she is pretty much thinking about it and talking with her husband at this point. I need to tell her my reservation with the place, she said she was mad about the smoking but does that mean it will stop.
She said she wants to help me because she can sense my exhaustion with the whole process and she is right. If she in fact says the person will not smoke inside anymore, is it still worth it to try and do this? Is it feasible to expect my children to stop running, jumping and dancing? Nobody lives downstairs from us here so I have never had to worry about this before. She also said if they could play towards one end of the apartment, because one end has the bedrooms where future tenant will be sleeping, the other end has nothing underneath it.