Repair-and-deduct for sandbox safety

Rent it Right

Q: We live in a multifamily rental community that provides playgrounds and sandboxes for the residents’ children (including ours). The sandboxes are not covered when not in use, and I’ve seen cats "do their business" in them. I’ve asked management to provide covers, and I’m especially concerned now that I’m pregnant with our second child — I don’t want to be exposed to diseases. They have refused. Is there anything I can do? –Bertha B.

A: It’s a shame you’re running into resistance from management at your rental. What you’re asking for is reasonable and prudent, for yourself and for all other residents and kids. Perhaps a little gentle education will change their minds.