Dear Fair Housing Lady:
While we welcome folks from all over the world to be residents at our community, what can we do when some of them cook with curry (or other things that I don’t even want to think about)? Quite frankly, sometimes it smells bad and then their neighbors complain to us in the office. And it costs a lot to deal with the odor on move out – can we charge for those costs?
First things first. Please take the expression “smells bad” out of your vocabulary. You (or your residents) may not like a particular cooking odor, but that is subjective. Do you really think that millions of people wake up each morning thinking, “Dang, my cooking smells bad, I wish I didn’t have to cook the way I do”? Of course not; cooking aromas are a part of one’s culture and traditions. Now, end of lecture and to continue…
Simply put, it is not about the type of odor or the resident, it is about “an odor”. Handle it correctly and don’t cause a stink…
Sincerely sweet smelling (I think!),
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