Guys! My new place is now clean and painted! I'm just so relieved that it's actually done, and all I had to do was be a little assertive. (That's actually a big step for me as I'm normally SUPER non-confrontational.) Aside from the rat I saw scurrying by on the sidewalk this morning (I REALLY hope I only saw one because they finally cut the grass and displaced them all), and the stove not working properly, I think I'm going to like it there now I that I'm getting my furniture arranged the way I want it.
Though I'm finding it a little hard to believe the neighbors' story that they kept bugging the owner to clean up the place and that their requests were ignored, when I got it done in 2 days just by demanding it. :-/