Letters on dodgy landlords, dodgy guys and the dark side of kea.
Dodgy landlords, dodgy guts and the dark side of kea.
HOUSE OF HORRORS
I enjoyed the story on the perils of flatting in your October issue ( Home Advantage). Unfortunately I know first-hand that landlords can be worse than negligent. In 2001-02, I was a student in Auckland between part-time jobs, with literally $20 a week left after rent, bills and food. With few cheap places in flats available, I took a room in a house where the builder-owner lived. He turned out to be the worst human I've ever met, a bully and perhaps a psychopath.
I'm almost 100% sure he imported human growth hormone; I heard from someone that he had underage porn; and he showed degrading adult porn to my brother and to a male friend of mine. He also made negative comments about my appearance and what I ate, and asked my friend if they were “dirty girls”.
Disgusted by and a little scared of him, I started being out of the house most of the time, or staying in my room when I was “home”. He began talking loudly about “getting that chubby girl in there” and told his girlfriend I had hit on him (untrue). The next day, I fled from the house to stay with a friend, leaving my stuff there until I could get a friend with a van to collect. I told a cop about the human growth hormone and porn but didn't hear any update and didn't pursue it for fear he might “get me”.
I guess the lesson is that potential tenants should be able to do checks on their prospective landlords, not just vice versa – and don't move into a house with a male live-in landlord. NAME AND ADDRESS SUPPLIED
I was interested in Alison Adams- Smith's article on renting, in light of the Labour Party's efforts on behalf of renters. Perhaps I am part of the exception that proves the rule?
In 1987, I immigrated to New Zealand and my parents found a granny flat for me in Hamilton. They got approval to paint and carpet it. This resulted in my rent remaining unchanged for 10 years, even though I was on a month-to-month agreement. My weekly rent started at $65; when the family sold the property in 2012, it was $102 a week.
Over the years, my landlord happily replaced or repaired any major faults, paid for paint and took care of the gardens, as long as the tenant in the rest of the house mowed the lawns.
In 2012, I had to move, and found a similar flat. During my three years