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Old 11-02-2010, 05:29 PM
 
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everyone knows curry stinks. thats why my landlord doesnt rent to indians. For me I go easy on the cumin and curry...

 
Old 11-02-2010, 07:07 PM
 
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But reasonableness is a standard set by the community in which you're operating. I'm quite sure landlords in India don't get "curry remediation costs" after a tenant leaves their property. And I'm confident that in NJ you won't be able to collect money for "ethnic cooking smells" left over by a tenant who cooked spicy food in his kitchen.
You would be wrong because it's above "normal wear and tear".


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As I've said, courts interpret this as "return as you were given, minus normal wear and tear". Those are the rules of the game if you want to run a business as a landlord.
See above.
 
Old 11-02-2010, 07:55 PM
 
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I would not rent an apartment that smelled like curry. It's such a pervasive smell. I like Indian food while I'm eating it, but I don't want the smell in my home. I like fish enough that I make it at home, but I keep a fan going in my kitchen, and I don't usually fry it. The oil gets on the walls and sticks, and it's just full of fish smell. I imagine oil has something to do with why the smell of Indian food sticks.

I don't agree with those who would burn scented candles or use Febrese and its scent cohorts. Then you have two powerful stenches. Lose-lose.

I had a cubicle mate once, who was from Pakistan, maybe. And he came into work every day reeking of curry. Curry and dirty clothes, actually. I asked to be moved eventually, but changing cubicles is a lot easier than dealing with an apartment that stinks.

The last time I rented an apartment, I didn't smell any with Indian food, but I didn't rent what would otherwise have been a perfect place because it stank so of scented candles. There's no way I wanted to live there, and I told the landlady exactly why. She offered to have it cleaned, but it stank so much, I just couldn't do that to myself.

Until the day when landlords wise up and expand the "no smoking" clauses in leases to include other stenches, I wonder if it's possible for Indians who come to America, presumably to go to school, to learn to cook non-Indian food. And maybe for all people not to use scented candles, incense, and air "freshener" in rental apartments.
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