After reading an article over at Renter Girl blog I thought I should have an update about what’s been going on with our housing situation. It’s not like it’s personal and I’m pretty sure most people will have dealt with a bad landlord. The experience of renting (in London) has really let me down. I swear it’s some kind of curse following us around……… but it’s just this current one that’s BAD.
Since we’ve moved in to our flat nearly 9 months ago both the landlord and his son and daughter have really been playing with us by exercising their ‘landlord’ power on us. That whole ‘we can do what we like’ attitude such as letting themselves in without giving us 24 hours notice. Take this evening for instance, the landlords son text me to say he’s gonna post a letter through to say he’ll be round tomorrow evening. Fair enough. But by that he actually came up to see me which is still completely out of order and in breech of contract. No notice, nothing.
On several occasions they’ve been threatening and intimidating to both of us (also this evening. By the end I was in tears.) Just the way they talk to you can be extremely patronizing and all this legal talk he makes out as though the law is on his side when really they’ve been abusing it (and probably with their other tenants too.) Oh and did I forget to mention the ceiling in my studio was falling apart?! The flat is uninhabitable; plaster on the walls started to crumble, the second fridge doesn’t work, my chair is missing a wheel which I requested and it’s not in the best condition…. the list goes on.
I can’t wait to get out of here that’s for sure, I’ve been stressed out most of the time and doing my artwork and working keeps my mind off things. I’m planning on moving to Hong Kong next year simply because I can no longer stand renting (I’ll have a big house to myself and rent free!!) I can’t bear the thought of having to put up with incompetent, rude and arrogant people. I’m not saying all landlords are twats of course but for what it’s worth yeah definitely not worth the stress and hassle.