10:53 AM, 14th September 2022, About 2 weeks ago 7
My partner and I have been having issues lately with our landlord.
The Property was not in good shape and the landlord was not aware of the state of the property when she tried to let it.
The owner (her mum) lives on the ground floor, but her daughter manages the property.
We expressed concern about the fact that the bathroom has a very old carpeting, no ventilation and wood encasing around the tub. She reassured us to move in as she plans to fix it in one year.
We moved in the beginning of the pandemic and after that we never mentioned it again as there was the pandemic and the fact that the lady downstairs was elderly and we did not want to bother anyone.
The Property had a lot of issues. Old electrical wiring and not enough sockets, most of the doors were very old and could not be closed, squeaky floors with very old carpeting that is very difficult to clean, mold in the bathroom, we had mice and we had on one occasion a huge rat.
After we agreed to move in she hired a painter because she said she couldn’t give it in this state. The painter came and basically did not do much. The land lady chased it and gave up. Any issues we had in this property ware disregarded.
We have been told by her to go and watch a YouTube video and fixed ourselves. At some point I had enough so I officially asked for repairs and called for council inspection. She had to comply with the council and now she has given the house to agency.
We can’t reason with her. I have been showering in a friend’s house because she refuses to put a curtain rail and showerhead holder in the bathroom. Because of all these disagreements I have the intention of moving and she knows this.
She has decided to increase the rent based on the current demand and the market value and if we refuse she is going to sent us a section 13.
All similar properties are in pristine condition, newly refurbished and this property is sadly way under this standard.
I’m looking for advice.
Thank you in advance.