Ten years of renting was a few too many, personally.
Non refundable agent’s fees
A week’s rent plus GST – many, many times over.
Bonds you never see in full again
Fair enough in some cases, but definitely not in others. And as a tenant you’re at a vast disadvantage here.
Expensive carpet cleaning fees are included in leases by agencies – big and small alike – everywhere. Tenancy law information online seems to suggest these are unlawful, or ‘unenforceable’, but practically speaking, if it’s in the contract what are you going to do, kick up a fuss? There’s a dire shortage of housing in Auckland and it’s hard enough to secure a rental as it is.
I was briefly in a very strange situation where I was in charge of the power bill, and everyone was supposed to split it evenly with me, but there was also a separate couple subletting the self contained downstairs rooms from one of the other flatmates/tenants (who was also the mother of my friend and fellow flatmate), and that flatmate was charging them a flat all inclusive rent and not including them in the power bill split. Yeah, try wrapping your head around that. Then there was the shitty apartment where you had to use their electricity provider – there was no other choice – and that provider had only one plan and no low user option, meaning we were stuck with higher prices than we would be paying on the free market.
Buying and selling things
Every move forces change of some sort – buying or selling appliances and/or furniture depending on each individual property’s size and what is or isn’t provided with it. Fridges, washing machines, tables, couches … It gets old.
Lost and broken stuff
I’ve had countless possessions go missing or break due to flatmates. No point having nice stuff.
And I can’t put a dollar amount on it, but…
So much time and stress. Taking time off during the work day to dart out to viewings (always within business hours) and to agency offices to sign papers.
Literally months of uncertainty over the years when you know you have to move and scramble to find a new place (about six months total in 2015 alone).
Fighting shitty landlords trying to blame us for things going wrong with the house, so they wouldn’t have to foot the bill for their own maintenance and repairs.
So, so glad not to be living what amounts to a temporary life anymore.