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Old 03-12-2017, 01:59 PM
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I an renting a room in a 3 floor apartment and my room is on the 2nd floor right next to the kitchen. For some reason, there are no vents and no range hoods in the building and all kitchen exhaust or air from cooking collects in my room (from all 3 units). It's not just strong or overwhelming, it's sickening, dizzying, etc. but only happens when someone's cooking so it's also inconsistent, and therefore difficult to time if I want to show someone the problem. My best guess as to why this happens is that when the furnace turns on, my room is the last to get warm, and never gets very warm at all, so if it's true that air flows from warm to cold then that's why all of this bad air from all 3 floors is permeating my room - leaving all items in my room smelling strong. As an example of how bad this is, I took a blanket from my room that was clean yesterday, into a different room and that room started smelling just because my blanket was in it. Some of my clothes have been ruined by this and the rest of them smell. Landlord is uncooperative and acting as if this issue were comparable to going to a restaurant with a pleasant level of food smell. Please advise.

...Should have also mentioned that I am a full time student and don't have the money to move right now, plus I'm on a lease. Not sure how to prove this either if that would be necessary. Needless to say, this room is not inhabitable when this is going on and it's costing me a fortune at the laundromat and lots of time. I wonder if there is a building code or something that would require my landlord to install some ventilation into the kitchen or to provide some other remedy?
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Old 03-12-2017, 07:05 PM
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Yes, there would be a building code and there should be some means of ventilating the kitchen. You'll have to contact the city.
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