sanctuary $ fat check

ironman2012

Senior Member
Chinese
Hi,

VEGA: You know, you walk in, and either it's weed smoke or pee that you smell. You don't want to come home to the place that's your sanctuary, and you have to write this fat check every month. And it's, like - this smells like a bathroom.

(This comes from npr.org: Middle Class Earners Struggle To Pay Rent In New York City on July 6, 2016. The Vega family live in Spanish Harlem in the northeast corner of Manhattan.It's a family of four with solid income above $100,000. They pay three thousand dollars a month for a three-bedroom apartment.)

Does what Vega said mean their apartment is in a poor condition, such as weed smoke and pee smell, like a asylum, but they had to a large sum of rent every month?

Thanks in advance!
 
  • ironman2012

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    Thank you!
    But how can I understand this: You don't want to come home to the place that's your sanctuary,...
    If the flat is supposed to be peaceful, should 'don't' be deleted? That is, you want to come home which is your sanctuary?
     

    velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    You don't want to come home to the place that's your sanctuary, and you have to write this fat check every month. And it's, like - this smells like a bathroom.

    It's speech, and the thought is a little confused. You walk into the building where you live and it smells of weed or pee. Your flat is your sanctuary. "The place" is your flat, but the nasty smells must be in the common areas of the building: hallways, stairs and elevators.

    To rephrase, "You don't want to come home to the very expensive flat that is supposed to be your sanctuary, and have to pass through communal areas that smell like a bathroom to get to it.
     
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