This is just a vent and whinge more than anything.
My DH and I have been renting this house since August 2005 and in that time our rent has gone up of course (not the basis of my whinge) but the landlords never really do anything to fix any problems. Well they do eventually but it usually takes around 3-4 months of us asking the real estate to get on to them.
One of my biggest gripes here is the balcony has wood rot and they are well aware of it but have had 'tradies' (read as mates) come out and check it out and the report always goes back saying it is still safe. Ummm hello how safe is a balcony with the support beams rotting away with wood rot???
Another thing is after we had some major flooding back in the June long weekend storms of 2007 my DH went out and and fixed the drainage at our own expense to prevent the water coming through the downstairs area of the house.
Also when we first moved in here the yard was so overgrown with weeds, vines and some other noxious plant that smothers anything in its way. We have spent many many hours getting the yard to the point that we will let the kids outside to play. There is also some kind of disease going through some of the trees in our area and we have had to cut down two shrubs that were around 1.5mtrs tall that succumbed to the disease. Now the landord is whinging about one of the trees that was removed due to disease as it was her favourite.
Now Im not an idiot and understand that the rent we pay is most likely paying off a mortgage but geez why cant they maintain the property to a level that is not a hazard to myself and my children. Far out we were without a smoke alarm for nearly 6 months (yes I know they are a legal requirement in NSW rental properties). Our oven door which is a wall oven broke one of the hinges 4 weeks ago and we only just had it fixed today. We have had it tied shut with a shoelace as the door would fall open when you walked past. Not really safe with kids running past constantly.
Oh I should mention that they have 3 other investment properties as well as a house in the wealthiest street in our area but she is forever crying poor and cant do anything to this place. We have got tiles falling off all over the place in the bathroom too as well as a crack in the bottom of the shower recess.
What started this little rant off was the damn toilet is leaking from the rubber seal on the S bend and it looks like the loo is also blocked thanks to DS2 dropping a matchbox plane in there and DS1 flushing it...GAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH
If you read this far thanks.