Just moved to a new city for my wife’s career. Two hours before we arrive the landlord calls and says the cleaners found cockroaches after the previous tenants late departure.
After a week and getting our furniture here and most the boxes unpacked things start feeling like this could be home, at least for a period. This afternoon the landlord comes by with two guys from Junk-King to clear out some stuff. This was planned and not traumatic. Less fun was when one of the two guys runs back in the front door in a crouch and says the pop-pop-pops that just started is a gunfight.
Basically someone pulled up to a house a couple of doors down and pulled out a gun, at which point our junk guy ran inside, and then we heard a significant exchange of gunfire, possibly more than 10 shots from either side.
My wife is ready to break the lease and move. I’m willing to give it at least a week and consider the hassle of moving again, even if only in town, too much trouble. Unless there are frequent gun fights. Then I’m out of here.
Please I wouldn’t keep firearms in the place and all my small valuables, especially sentimental things, would be in a safe deposit box. Doors and window would have good locks and my renter’s insurance would have a small deductible and every rider applicable.
The night after the gun fight someone torched a car across the street. And the day after that we hear another four shots right outside early in the morning and the cops put a “Shot spotter”-notification door hanger on our door. It’s been quiet since then, at least on this immediate street, but I had to accept my wife’s decision we should spend the money to get out of the lease and move again.
So in two weeks we’re moving to a place where we’ll hopefully both feel safer.