I’ve got a question for any rental agents or land lawyers that might beon this board. First I’ll give you the background. The property we currently rent has been listed for sale. The selling agent is from another agency. Our rental agent (who we have a good r'ship with) advised us of the listing. The selling agent put up a sign and then rang us about a week later to advise us and we eventually got a muddy looking copy in the mail.
This week, some four weeks after we were advised by the selling agent of the listing, the selling agent contacted me on Monday to demand an immediate inspection. I was not able to do that and suggested another day and time. He insisted the following day at 7.30am but I said that it was too early for me. He was quite pushy so I agreed to 9am. I advised him that I had to drop my child off at daycare and attend a medical appointment so that I needed to be out by 9.45am. He understood this.
He didn’t turn up. He didn’t advise me that he was delayed. I called him at 9.45am and told him I had to go and he then said he’d come at noon. I said I couldn’t do that as I would not be at home. I heard nothing further. He then contacted me today but I missed the call as I’d left the phone in mycar while at a festival with the kids. I had intended to return the call but being 4pm on a Saturday I figured that itwasn’t urgent so I’d do it when I got home.
At 6pm, the landlord and his wife came around in an unannounced visit. I was in my house jammies feeding my little one and there they are at my back door. The landlord proceeds to accuse me of barring access to the selling agent. When I attempted to say that I wasn’t doing any such thing and that I wasn’t aware that there was a problem, he interrupted me and said he’d just gotten off the phone to the selling agency and that he wanted this problem sorted out now.
I was starting to feel threatened by this stage and could see that the landlord wasn’t interested in fact finding, just saw me as the problem and wanted to fix me so I asked him and his wife to leave and that we would sort this misunderstanding out via the rental agent.
He refused to leave (his wife did look a little scared) and continued to argue and accuse. I then got angry and advised him that if he didn’t leave then I would be calling the Police.
At this point my DH comes home from work and the landlord then proceeds to completely wipe me and complain to him, calling me “girly” and “sweetheart” in a very condescending way. My DH chipped him on this and when I asked them to leave again, he escorted them from the property.
I admit I am really upset by this incident and I’m not sure what to do about it. I'm pregnant, I’ve been suffering from the flu all week and feel absolutely terrible health wise so myjudgement may be impaired a little but I don’t think I’m being unreasonable here.
What are our rights? I’m sure there’s been a breach or two of the tenancy agreement. I just feel like issuing a Notice to Vacate and just going which is entirely possible because we don’t have much. I also feel that we might be disadvantaged insome way come bond time.
Do I go the rental agent (whose client is our landlord) or the Tenancy Tribunal? Do I tell her everything or just speak with the TT?
We have been really good tenants, we pay our rent a month in advance, keep theplace spick and span and have never made any demands on the landlord. When lights needed fixing, we worked around the electrician so that he could have instant access. We certainly haven’t been barring access to the selling agent and we wouldn’t do that.
My DH and I would welcome any advice about what sort of action I can take to address this.
Thanks so much.