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Private tenant - please help!
Hi, I’ve recently started renting a flat (first time renter) before I took the tenancy I asked the landlord if I’d be able to decorate (as the existing paint is old, patchy & flaking) *there’s also a huge problem with condensation which I was unaware of - the walls literally drip with water 😫* … anyway, his response was “feel free to make it your own, I’m sure it will be lovely once is freshened up”. I signed the agreement & the day after I picked up the keys I told him I’d invited a painter around to give me a quote, he turned my painter away at the door & told me he had someone “better” who he “trusted”, he called him & arranged for him to come over. I didn’t get a word in, I never once said what I wanted, he completely took over the conversation & told the painter what he could & couldn’t do. I went along with this, scared to object & I accepted that much however the painter has since called me to say that the landlord has called him & insisted he uses a much more expensive paint (I think it’s due to the condensation problem) taking the cost way above my budget. He said the landlord said it has to be that paint although he told him he could use a cheaper version of what he has requested, the landlord refused & insisted that his builder said only that paint could be used.
This was never mentioned to me, in fact had I not asked could I decorate the topic of redecoration would never have been brought up. However, he did say - what you see is what you get 😬
In addition to this, in the advertisement for the property & in my tenancy agreement it states that the property is carpeted however they’re stained, threadbare, smelly & desperately need replacing but again, I’ve been too worried to mention it.
What should I do? Is it legal for the landlord to suddenly dictate which paint I have to pay for even though it was never mentioned prior to the tenancy commencing? What can I do without starting off on bad terms with my landlord? I really want to have a good relationship & be a good tenant, I’m desperate for this to work out but these extra costs are impossible as I’m on such a low income, just getting by is a struggle.
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