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(Spray)paint it black

Jenna and I returned from a weekend away earlier this year and found a note on our wall. A very large note, actually:

What is art? What is not.

Yes, someone “tagged” the shades that cover our bedroom window. I told Jenna I think the spray-painted message means “welcome home,” but who knows. I can’t figure out what the letters are, much less the language.

We called our landlord months ago and asked him to address the situation. A week later, he replied — but instead of emailing his business partner, he accidentally emailed Jenna instead. “That chick has emailed us with a problem,” our landlord wrote in French (I translated his email and was shocked that Google’s translator knows the English equivalent for what chick is in French). “Some *$%^&^# spray-painted something on their wall and we need to clean it up.”

Only he never cleaned it up. The message is still on our apartment building, months later. Oh, and the “*$%^&^#” from our landlord’s email also translated into English, but since this is a family-friendly blog, I decided to censor that word.

I really don’t mind the graffiti. It’s not often you get free art. And at least the cost of repairing this one blemish on our apartment won’t come out of our wallets, though I imagine we’ll pay for others.

Not part of rental agreements in Belgium is a “wear and tear” condition. When you rent in the states, the landlord assumes some wear and tear will take place while you’re renting their property. Not so in Belgium. They literally demand you leave the property in as good of shape (or better) as it was when you entered it. It’s not like we tore up our place, but scratches here and there are inevitable.

I guess we’ll find out in a few weeks what the damage will cost us.

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  1. KP
    May 10, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Our exit bill was a HUGE shock – they claimed all kinds of things were damaged and charged us for them… including painting the entire flat and cleaning all the draperies, the appliances, etc. Our final bill was more than our monthly furnished flat rent!

  2. Michelle and Chris
    May 10, 2011 at 4:13 am

    We got away with 200 E’s…a record low according to our exit survey guy!!

  3. Trey
    May 10, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    That’s funny about the google translator. Our perspective and such really started to change when we started understanding what people were saying on the street. Hard to keep romantic notions about the city after that.

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