I’m currently hosting a guest in my studio apartment that’s attached to our house with a shared wall. He’s been here for one week, and there is a horribly foul odor coming from the apartment. It started 2 days after he arrived, and now it’s so bad that it’s permeated through to several rooms of our house.
I’ve asked him nicely to “check his garbage” for anything rotting. Finally today I peeked inside while he was gone - the smell is horrible and intense! Almost knocked me over. What could it be?? And what do I do??
He’s scheduled to be there for 3 more weeks!
@Susan3965 Yes, if he has smelly feet or bad body odor and has his dirty clothes laying around, that could be the source of the smell. Especially since he says he doesn't smell anything himself, he must be used to it. How much longer is he booked for?
I've been in Sayulita for about 18 years. I wouldn't advise coming here now because of the virus with few precautions being followed in town. I live on the outskirts and stick close to home.
But once things get back to normal, come stay!
We do mid-stay sheet changes (every 2 weeks) for long term guests. Henry once entered the guest room to change sheets and smelled something funky..... it was a bag of oranges in a plastic bag getting all moldy in the corner. He took photos and TOLD the guest that the room will have to be disinfected to completely get rid of mold spores that might have escaped and to please come home early since he didn't want to disturb her personal items on the desk and shelf. The guest said she didn't mind if Henry moved/rearranged anything out in plain sight, that Henry could do whatever he needed to clean and sanitize the space, and apologized about the oranges - said she completely forget she bought them.
Henry said he couldn't help but notice the moldy smell as soon as he entered the guest room..... and couldn't understand how the guest could have NOT smelled it.
You have every right to enter into your space on your property! You have legit reason to enter. Make sure you are video taping yourself entering with probable cause; such as foul suspicions smell. On camera, speak aloud that this has gotten so bad that it is now permeating through the walls into the main house. Go take charge, YOU own that space, and see what is up!! I hope it is not a dead body!
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@Pat271 I forgot about that part! It must be almost 50 years since I saw that movie. I seem to remember that it was basically about the woman losing her mind, but you couldn't really tell if she was imagining all of it or if some of it was really happening.
I have been amazed how a space can smell so bad and foul after only a couple of days. Some food waste puts off a tremendous odor. Have you considered offering a free cleaning since he's such a long term client? You could position it that you truly appreciate his tenancy and express this as a gift.