Why are some landlords so mercenary?
We gave notice to our old landlords when they hiked the rent up $80 a week.
I got a call yesterday that they intend to retain the bond to repaint the inside of the house and fix the bathroom cupboards. This is ridiculous. Let’s have a look how it looked before I moved in!
First, the cupboards in the bathroom are in EXACTLY the same condition as when I moved in five and a half years ago and I have the photos to prove it. Secondly, I asked for the house to be painted during my tenancy because the walls were so bad and was refused. I doubt the house has been painted inside since it was built about 30 years ago.
I paid for half of the new carpet and fixed a badly patched hole in the hallway during my time in that house. Why did I pay for half the carpet? I was being a nice tenant, I thought. The old carpet was terrible and I figured paying for half new carpet was cheaper than moving at the time. This was on the basis I would get to enjoy the carpet I had paid for during a few more years of tenancy. I had even enquired about getting permission to paint the inside of the house before the battle became so expensive because clearly the landlord was never going to do it.
The shower base was revolting when I moved in.
I scrubbed and a bit of elbow grease removed all the “stains”. I had pointed out on inspection that the house wasn’t clean and they got the cleaners through before I occupied. I’m damned if I know what the cleaners did, as I insisted they come back and clean the stove.
When we moved out that shower was spotless and you could see through the glass!
What on earth makes the owners think they can retain my bond to do routine maintenance that SHOULD have been done before I moved in? Today I discovered the quotation to repaint the house is about $4,000. Is she going to try to claim all of this off me?
The whole thing is just ridiculous, it really is.
It is just all too much. I’ve fought too many battles over the last few years, I don’t have the strength to fight more, especially when they are so damn stupid! I just don’t need the added stress, especially when I am still trying to get the dishwasher and the oven working in the new house. How hard is it to keep a house in a decent condition for tenants?
I need to take time off work to attend the VCAT hearing, find all the documentation about the carpet and the wall to lodge the compensation claim. Getting my carpet money back wasn’t even a consideration for me before, but NOW?
Do you have a horror story of a landlord to share?