You sign a rental lease, and price once negotiated, you expect to move in with all the agreed terms and benefits. Then, things quickly happen. The air-conditioning starts to malfunction (despite this being a new building). With no windows in our office unit, the only option is to keep the only door open. That does not help because the air-conditioning units serving the narrow public corridor outside are turned off (controlled by the property owner). Plus, other sub-tenants next to us rock with the occasional symphony of their vocal intercessions. The failed air-conditioning situation most recently lasted a little over two working weeks. And it still continues at the point of writing …
What does anyone do in such dire straits? Feedback to our direct landlord (turns out we are the sub-tenant)? We did, and they dutifully informed the property owner. Only to come back to say that “the rain tripped the compressors”, and subsequently to even contend that our unit is electrically overloaded, thereby contributing to the compressors tripping. Interesting hypothesis because we each plug our computers and printer to individual power outlets. Even more interesting for on beautiful sunny days, our unit’s air-conditioning still fails. So much for the rain tripping it! The situation persists, and was it mentioned that only our unit on the same floor is affected by all this? How quaint! That is why the maintenance manager came in one day and nonchalantly announced, “We turned off your unit’s air-conditioning yesterday.” Without so much as an advisory, nor regard that there are people working inside that day. Incredible, huh?
What does anyone do then? It was recommended that we pray over this; pray for the property maintenance department. One person even asked us to bless the department. All fine and good; cannot argue with the spirit behind all these recommendations really. Oh, had it been mentioned that these recommendations were made by third party folks who factually did not have to remain in the affected unit day in and day out, while trying to get some decent work done?
So, for those who fall into the affected lot, what remains for us to do? Endure…endure…and endure even more. Indefinitely it seems because no one has come to advise when all this will come to a glorious end. Would this be a good time for the exercising of …er…rights? Are we even entitled to any? If we are, could this also be an opportunity to …extend grace to those who reside in higher positions, while those lower remain at their mercy? Throughout this process, a scriptural verse keeps recurring in my mind: “..whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40). Does this verse also apply if the words “not do” are added? I am willing to believe so! Oh, did I mention that all parties involved are like-minded folks? May the Lord help all to do the right thing!
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