I’ve been in my building for over 4 years now. The owner has been reasonable with the rent when I was unemployed and I’m doing everything I can to pay him back as quickly as I can, but I’m wondering if he’s got financial problems.

Today I flushed, and the toilet didn’t refill. I went down to the basement and checked that the main water valves were all open. So far, so good. But when I was walking back to my unit I noticed some paint around what appeared to be the main water valve by the sidewalk. I called the water department and found that the water was cut off today for failure to pay the bill. This is not good.

I’ve checked online, and it doesn’t appear that the building is for sale or in foreclosure, so it hasn’t reached panic mode yet. But I am wondering if it’s time to leave this neighborhood. On a discussion group for my area I learned that there was recently an armed robbery right on the exact corner where I live. It happened at 1 in the morning the other day, and for the next month I leave for work in the 2AM hour - oh crap. I thought the area was actually improving, but maybe not.

The unit behind me has been vacant for a month, and the party animals above me have been rather quiet lately. I think I’ve heard them coming and going, so they’re still here; I can also tell that they’re still here because they’ve gone back to stealing my laundry supplies. C’mon, if you’re going to take stuff, why do you remove it from, and leave it on top of, the cabinet and make it obvious that you’re taking it?

After being unemployed I’ve been trying to get back on my feet, but I don’t have the money to pay for moving and a deposit and all of that. I’m not sure what to do at this point.