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...to be completely honest?

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RavenLG Mon 13-Nov-17 18:19:49

Long post as I waffle...

Myself and my partner live in a private rented property. We have lived here for 3 years and have bought a house so are moving out.

We've had ongoing issues with a damp bathroom, causing several problems with mould etc. We can't use the under sink cupboard as the 'condensation' is so bad it makes everything soaking wet and mouldy. We were promised a new driveway when we moved in too which has never happened, the gate posts rotted and fell away and gates have never been replaced, took 2 years to get carbon monoxide detectors installed, we're promised compensation because my partner had to take so much time off work to get a leaking shower fixed (at least 10 days I would say all in all, over a few months due to landlord using the worst builder ever, the guy expanding foamed the washing machine in place as it was 'moving' .. which a few months later caused it to break as guess what, it couldn't fucking move!).

They called today to say someone would be viewing property on Wednesday, and we needed to be in to show them around. This is what got my goat. No where does it state we are responsible for showing people around, it actually states the estate agents will do this and if we have changed locks etc. we need to give them the correct keys!).

We weren't sure if the house had gone up for sale or to let (as landlord had expressed interested previously in selling) so checking their website it seems it's gone up for £625pcm (£75 more than we are currently paying).

WIBU to tell the people viewing on Wednesday (since it's been left to me to show them around) that the price has gone up a lot and we've had loads of problems so they should enquire about those firstly? I know the estate agents wouldn't mention it but I feel people should know they're being ripped off / about the issues that we've dealt with.

AnnabellaH Mon 13-Nov-17 18:21:43

I'd tell them straight away.

Ttbb Mon 13-Nov-17 18:22:28

So long as you won't be expecting a reference if you ever rent in the future.

Justbookedasummmerholiday Mon 13-Nov-17 18:23:25

Swear them to secrecy then tell all.

hotbutteredcrumpetsandtea Mon 13-Nov-17 18:23:53

Not only do you not have to show them around, you don't even have to let them have access to show people around themselves. Makes no difference what they or the contract says.

I wouldnt do either if I were you.

RavenLG Mon 13-Nov-17 18:47:56

So long as you won't be expecting a reference if you ever rent in the future.

Well we've just bought a house, so no we're not. And even so, what would "telling the truth to a prospective sucker tenant" do? It's not like we're shitting in the bath or something.

hotbutteredcrumpetsandtea I think we do have to let them have access as long as they give 24hrs notice which they have. Sadly, my DP (who conveniently is working away this week...) agreed to this. Probably because they know if they speak to me I'll be an awkward bitch lol.

Barbiesears Mon 13-Nov-17 18:50:14

You don't have to give access even with 24 hours notice. Letting agents and landlords rely on tenants believing this.

user1469751309 Mon 13-Nov-17 18:51:14

I would be really honest as otherwise I would feel guilty for the next people who move in and inherit all the issues the useless landlord hasn't sorted out for what is not cheap rent.

mustbemad17 Mon 13-Nov-17 18:53:21

Be deadly honest with them. When we moved out of my OH's rented place there was so much that needed doing & the rent had gone up massively. I was itching to be there when people came round; i hate being led down the alley when somewhere isn't worth the money

TsunamiOfShit Mon 13-Nov-17 18:57:51

Yes please tell them, it's not fair on the new tenants to walk blind into this.

Queenofthedrivensnow Mon 13-Nov-17 19:00:40

Tell them immediately!

hotbutteredcrumpetsandtea Mon 13-Nov-17 19:06:04

I think we do have to let them have access as long as they give 24hrs notice which they have. Sadly, my DP (who conveniently is working away this week...) agreed to this

It doesn't matter what he agreed to, they have no legal right. You can tell them to go swing.

NamasteTheFuckAwayFromMe Mon 13-Nov-17 19:13:46

Tell them. We told prospective tenants about our old house being next door to a licensed premises run by the landlords son.

It's not the sort of business that you'd expect to be licensed, we weren't told about it when we viewed, and we ended up with hellish amounts of noise and antisocial behaviour every weekend.

PoohBearsHole Mon 13-Nov-17 19:14:41

phone back, say you're busy.

Also you can suggest to them that you will happily show them round and give them the honest truth about living in the house....

DartmoorDoughnut Mon 13-Nov-17 19:19:09

I’d invoice the letting agents if you do go ahead with allowing the viewing and tell the prospective tenants the issues and what rent you’re paying so they can negotiate

FlashTheSloth Mon 13-Nov-17 19:30:42

We had a similar situation, except we were being evicted. Shite LL, endless troubles and being fobbed off to get stuff fixed. We were great tenants and agreed to pay half for stuff that really wasn't our responsibility. The final straw was I was pregnant, baby due in winter and we really needed the boiler fixing as we often didn't have heating. We had asked repeatedly and they would ignore us or make half hearted attempts. We finally wrote a polite letter stating we really needed it doing and why and they responded with an eviction letter! They said they were selling and we had first refusal. On the night we were moving out, a group of women approached us (1 was pregnant) and started asking questions about the flat. They had a viewing the next day, more money than we were paying. I was totally honest about how they treated us, the fact I was pregnant and the rent. It was also advertised as a 2 double bedroom which it really wasn't, 2nd bedroom was definitely a single. I felt no guilt at all.

I'd let the tenants view, and be honest with them. Shit LLs deserve nothing.

BMW6 Mon 13-Nov-17 19:32:16

Oh, show them EVERYTHING..........smile

RavenLG Fri 17-Nov-17 20:44:02

Thanks for all the replies. I ended up coming down with flu (seriously) so rang them to cancel the viewing as didn’t want to get out my pjs or off the sofa.

They’re coming on Saturday with 2 other viewings so I’m going to hide out at MILs until it’s over. We complete on new house a week today so don’t have to do this for long! Just preparing responses for the inevitable fight to get the deposit back.

Thanks all

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