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Problems with rented house?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by ShadeDream, May 18, 2012.

  1. ShadeDream

    ShadeDream Elite Member

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    I'm currently at Uni and due to certain things I wanted to rent a place off campus for my first year, so I've got a room and all that, this was for a 12 month contract. In the beginning it wasn't bad, but now the general state of the house sucks, mainly due to the other room mates, they are very immature, dirty and they've made the house a mess, if this wasn't enough we now have ants downstairs... Other than the nasty room mates the landlord/letting agency aren't the best either, in the beginning there were some electric problems, the fridge once broke down and it took them over a month to get it repaired, the washing machine broke down too and it took them two months to get it working again, because they apparently had to wait for parts... and all sorts of bullshit. I'm not too happy and the contract is almost over but I really don't want to stay here any longer, I tried finding out if it would be possible to move out early but a contract is a contract. It doesn't specify this in the contract exactly, but generally they're meant to observe the house every now and then to make sure that everything is kept clean etc but they've haven't checked once. I was thinking of creating a review site, something along the lines of PayPal sucks to see if this would work and if I could get the contract to end early due to their unprofessional-ism. Does anyone have any input on this?
     
  2. JimmyWong

    JimmyWong Registered Member

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    Reminds me of my first Uni house. Sadly, I think it'd be a waste of your time and efforts, and they'll still get clients.

    One thing: make sure they don't sting you at the end, for the mess your housemates have caused.

    The ants are a big problem, they'll charge you to have a guy in to get rid of them. This happened to us, and it cost us £250. Make sure you sort it before they realise.

    Good luck.
     
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    I don't know where you are but do you have anything like code inspectors where you are? Government officials who regulate this stuff? A broken fridge in the US would be considered unlivable conditions and a landlord could face a lot of fines for that sort of thing. As far as the contract, have they broken their end of the agreement? If yes, and it sounds like the have, then you are not obligated to keep up your end.
     
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    I'm in the same situation this year, except my roommates are my friends and they're fine, it's my landlord that's the problem.

    He takes months to fix anything that's broken and it doesn't even get fixed. We've had literally 10 different handyman come out who say they fix something, but don't and then when the next handyman comes out he has no idea where the last one left off so he has no idea where to start (not to mention some of them don't even speak English). Our average water bill for the year is around $300 because of leaks and he says he sends a guy out to fix it, but obviously not because our last water bill was $600. He is also extremely difficult to get to pay the water bill because he says "Our house, our problem." Too bad it's HIS house and HIS problem, but we've tried explaining that and he's just too dumb to understand. Also, our security deposit isn't so much a deposit as a fee (not sure how that works, but we signed the lease so nothing we can do there). After we get it back I'm going to go full circle on his ass and call up the city to report a hazardous house. We're in a drought here and can't be affording to waste water :)

    Needless to say, find a good landlord and appreciate them. We're going back to our old landlord who we thought was terrible but now seems like an angel. We now realize that the devil you know is better than the devil you don't. Lesson learned!
     
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    I'm in the UK and although the contract looks dodgy, according to a solicitor I've spoken too, nothing can really be done.

    I was thinking of setting up a review website where I would put up pictures of the mess as well as a video with the ants and stuff. I would then stat that these are the sort of conditions you'll live in since they don't inspect the house or anything like that...

    @charlie3 - My situation may not be as bad as yours but I can definitely feel your pain...
     
  6. NeoPat

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    Get ant repellent powder it will sort your ant problem out in no time and remember if they breach the terms of the contract then its breached you have alot of rights then

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