Originally Posted by hebroncougar
You live in an apartment? I'd tell the landlord/maintenance to get their rear end in there while I was away and fix it. They've got keys.
I second that. I would also press for a concession on this month's rent, as many reputable landlords will be willing to do so (I got a $500 concession for major problems last August, for example). My landlord responds to our maintenance request within hours--often minutes. Granted, we live in a fairly high rent place with a full time maintenance staff and the residents expect nothing less. But that shouldn't matter. I'm a former landlord and would be ashamed of responding so poorly to your needs.