I have just completed my third home in under two years and so far the experience has been costly, time consuming and at times pissed me right off.
What is it about some (not all) landlords and letting agencies that they care so little about tenants and see them only as cash cows to milk?!
Why are building standards so pour?
Why does no one insulate and sound proof properly in this country?
Since moving down to England I have stayed in:
1. A room in a house share to get me started as it was furnished.
This was a positive experience but after a year it was time to find my own place
2. Flat with letting agents doing the introduction (taking their full fee... of course) and dealing directly with the landlord
This got off to promising start, I was happy dealing with the landlord. The property was unfurnished except it had all the white goods. So I started getting settled in. Unfortunately come winter I discovered we had a mould problem with water getting into the walls from the outside and the penetrating from the cavity into the property
Long story short the landlord put in place plans to carry out work (due to happen this month sometime) and I fought back the mould with bleach, ventilating well and running up very high energy bill to keep the property warm
Fed up with this situation I started looking again.
3. I found another property, which again was very promising. I have spent the bank weekend doing all the hard moving in and white goods are on order. However, since moving in have found that the landlords have not done anything to maintain the walls (needs re-painting) or the the wall to wall carpets* (need replacing). Worse still through contacts I have now managed to learn that the old tenants were only in the property for 6 to 8 months before leaving because of problems with the property. The toilet plumbing has been done badly and gets blocked easily and walls are thin so neighbours are easily heard. Not that it has happened yet but I have been told that the next door neightbours (adjacent to the bedroom) like to party till early hours even during the week. From what I understand the letting agents are well aware of these problems as well some others I have not bothered to list.
So the letting agents could have told me of these problems but they choose not to.....
I assume I have little recourse in this situation?
* I hate wall to wall carpets but its hard to find properties not afflicted with these dust loving nightmares in the UK