Jump to content

It's raining inside!
Part vent, part WWYD


  • Please log in to reply
14 replies to this topic

#1 kadoodle

Posted 05 January 2013 - 04:45 PM

We're renting.  The house is about 10 years old and about as structurally sound as a cardboard box.  Over the space of 3 years, we've pestered the REA, been to the tribunal and fixed a lot of things ourselves.

After our last letter to VCAT, the landlord sent someone out to fix our bathroom and ensuite, which were both unsealed and leaked water downstairs whenever the shower or bath was used.  Today was stinking hot, so I put DD2, DS2 and a friend's DD (all toddlers) in the bathtub with an icy pole each to cool off.  They were happily splashing away, squealing and getting water everywhere while I supervised and kept and ear out for DD1, DS1 and friends of theirs who were downstairs playing a board game.

Then I hear what sounds like a waterfall.  Call out to the other kids asking if they've left a tap on.  No answer, so I remove little kids from the tub and head downstairs to see Niagra Falls coming through the hole in the roof (that the landlord said he'd fix, but didn't) in the dining room.  The big kids were skidding through the water like penguins on their tummies.   I let the little kids join in, then mopped up afterwards.

My query: Do I
a- Request the REA send out someone to repair it, knowing that hell will likely freeze over first.
b - Go to VCAT and request that they request the REA fix it.
c - Call someone out and send the REA the bill.
d - Ignore, as we're moving soon (building our own place) and it'll be someone else's problem.

We're also waiting for our aircon to be fixed.  I'm sick of them sending out repairmen, who give them a quote which they then do nothing about.  I'm calling a friend on Monday to fix it and send them the bill.

#2 whatnamenow

Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:05 PM

Anyone have any helpful suggestions?  Would love to know as DH and I have pretty much just decided to move out of our rental.  Nothing is getting fixed in the last 18 months and i think the straw that broke our back is the downstairs toilet that's been broke for the last 4 weeks.  Lease is up in late feb/early march and we are outta here...

Aparently the owners response to the RE agents is if they dont like it they can move out.  So guess what we're doing.....

#3 red_squirrel

Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:38 PM

We've been in a similiar situation these last 18 months. Nothing has been fixed.
We are moving out in a few weeks time.

OP I wouldn't waste the energy. They wont fix it.

#4 Beanbag Warrior

Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:42 PM

I would breach them so it's on record, that way any future tenants have history on their side.

#5 kadoodle

Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:59 PM

QUOTE (NapCat @ 05/01/2013, 06:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I would breach them so it's on record, that way any future tenants have history on their side.


How do you do that?

#6 seaside_feral

Posted 05 January 2013 - 06:02 PM

The leaking roof is likely to be classed as an urgent repair, which means its treated differently to other problems - have a look at this page from Consumer Affairs Victoria which describes what to do in this situation.

With the airconditioning I would suggest that you give consumer affairs a call to ask their advice before incurring costs, as I'm not convinced it would fall under any of the urgent repairs categories listed on the link above.

Good luck op & hope you & the kids survive the heat!

#7 kadoodle

Posted 05 January 2013 - 07:10 PM

QUOTE (seaside_shells @ 05/01/2013, 07:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The leaking roof is likely to be classed as an urgent repair, which means its treated differently to other problems - have a look at this page from Consumer Affairs Victoria which describes what to do in this situation.

With the airconditioning I would suggest that you give consumer affairs a call to ask their advice before incurring costs, as I'm not convinced it would fall under any of the urgent repairs categories listed on the link above.

Good luck op & hope you & the kids survive the heat!


It's a leaking ceiling, not roof.

I think it's pretty darn rich that I'm paying for the privilege of a bathroom and air conditioning that are unuseable  mad.gif

#8 CupcakeMumma

Posted 05 January 2013 - 08:15 PM

I'd write to the re, state the issues, include a remedy to breach as I don't think water leaking through the ceiling is safe, there would electrical cables in there and ask for a discount on the rent for inconvenience of cleaning up the water all the time and no air con which was provided when you first moved in.  If nothing else the breach is noted on the re in case they try and have your repair any water damage

#9 CupcakeMumma

Posted 05 January 2013 - 08:15 PM

Dp

Edited by CupcakeMumma, 05 January 2013 - 08:16 PM.


#10 kadoodle

Posted 05 January 2013 - 08:28 PM

QUOTE (CupcakeMumma @ 05/01/2013, 09:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'd write to the re, state the issues, include a remedy to breach as I don't think water leaking through the ceiling is safe, there would electrical cables in there and ask for a discount on the rent for inconvenience of cleaning up the water all the time and no air con which was provided when you first moved in.  If nothing else the breach is noted on the re in case they try and have your repair any water damage


We've done that last time it happened and it took 12 months and a letter from VCAT for them to pretend to fix it.

I've decided to get back onto them and ask for information about a backdated reduction in rent over the non-functioning aircon and non useable bathroom.  I don't fancy my chances though, these things are pretty toothless when it comes to looking after after us plebs.

#11 Beanbag Warrior

Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:17 AM

I would be contacting the Tenancy's Authority directly, or at the very least breaching them for everything.

The more paper trail you have, the more luck you'll have reclaiming your bond and any claims for rent refund.

#12 kadoodle

Posted 06 January 2013 - 09:25 PM

QUOTE (NapCat @ 06/01/2013, 11:17 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I would be contacting the Tenancy's Authority directly, or at the very least breaching them for everything.

The more paper trail you have, the more luck you'll have reclaiming your bond and any claims for rent refund.


Will do.

There really shouldn't be this much legwork and agro just to get someone to do their job.

#13 lunariviera

Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:26 AM

You need to report it to the agency if you don't want them to blame you for the damage worsening over time and possibly lose bond over it.

#14 *melrose*

Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:53 AM

I would be moving out! this person does not care about his house.

And just want's the rent money.

#15 kadoodle

Posted 07 January 2013 - 12:28 PM

QUOTE (lunariviera @ 07/01/2013, 11:26 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You need to report it to the agency if you don't want them to blame you for the damage worsening over time and possibly lose bond over it.


Have done.  Several times over the 3 odd years we've been renting here, lol.  They also know about the leaking windows, we've fixed the leaking taps ourselves and called out the council about the stop c*ck coming off and sending a geyser over the road.  We sourced and replaced our own dishwasher (which we've told them we're taking with us when we go), fixed the garage door, the front door, the letterbox, the shower heads that rusted off and the stupid blinds fell apart after 6 months got cobbled back together but I'm damned if I'm paying for and fitting decent blinds for someone else's house.  I've put up nets which will leave when I do.

I actually had a massive b**ch attack at them about the air con and said if someone wasn't on my roof first thing Monday morning fixing it, then I'd call someone myself and send them the bill.  Guess what?  8.30 this morning the air con was fixed.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Why Tracey Spicer has given up make-up

"After 30 years on television, I had become what I despised: a painted doll who spent an hour a day and close to $200 a week putting on a mask."

Empowering bikini photo of 46-year-old mum goes viral

When a group of teenagers made rude remarks about her body as she walked past them in a bikini at the local beach, Julie Cross refused to cover up.

Devastated widow discovers she's pregnant the day before husband's funeral

They had been trying to conceive a baby for seven years. Tragically Kristy Kirchner found out she was pregnant the day before her husband Royce's funeral.

Gabriella Goat sues Peppa Pig

Every toddler's favourite television pig is being sued by an Italian woman who shares a name with a Peppa Pig character.

Meet the Mpregs, the male pregnancy enthusiasts

"Men can't have babies - that's something only women can do! But our community is full of like-minded people who wish otherwise."

Your new motherhood survival kit

Forget about the bright, pretty baby things - while you're in survival mode, all you'll need are the essentials.

More than 100,000 cars recalled globally after death of pregnant woman

The announcement of a mass recall comes as Malaysian police investigate the death of pregnant woman in July.

Win a family pass to Disney Live!

We have 4 family passes to give away to see Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales, touring Australia this December/January.

I had a 'good baby' but still suffered from postnatal depression

I had a much wanted precious baby girl, a 'good baby' who slept well, self settled and was mostly content. It just seemed implausible to think I could succumb to depression.

There's no need to eclipse a babymoon

As long as pregnant women do their research, travelling during pregnancy can be done safely.

Mum and daughter have babies on same day

"It's not really something you ever want or think could happen. To have my mum going through it with me is probably the most special, amazing thing ever.”

Our baby's reflux caused the longest endurance test of our lives

I'm glad she wasn't my first child, or I would have thought that this was normal.

Win one of 5 Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport

Australia?s No 1 selling car is now available in a Sports model and we have 5 to give away to some lucky Essential Baby families.

The podcast that reminds mums they are not alone

A mum's complicated, gruelling labour gave birth to two lovely beings: her daughter and her delightful podcast, The Longest Shortest Time.

Is it too late to change my midwife?

My wife is nine months pregnant and we are planning a home birth - but we've had late problems with our midwife team.

The Very Hungover Caterpillar: a parody many can relate to

A new book released this month will be sure to have parents nodding and giggling in recognition the world over.

Babywearers unite against misinformation

Everyone has heard of people power, but what about passionate babywearing power?

Reliving the birth experience

When people ask about how my labour went, I usually respond: "Good, I think? Four hours long, and yeah it hurt, but I dunno, it's labour, it's giving birth, it's painful... but I guess it was good? As good as good gets?"

Literary baby name inspiration

From Harry Potter to Shakespeare and everything in between, we've scoured the library shelves for literary baby name inspiration.

Preparing your child to attend a sibling's birth

Thinking about having your kids at the birth of your baby? Here are some things to consider.

Counselling helps mum deal with triplets' early birth

When Kimberlee King's waters broke nine weeks before her triplets were due, she went into autopilot as she packed her hospital bag.

The women balancing babies with new businesses

Motherhood teaches us that we can be more tolerant, patient, and loving than we ever thought possible - and can also show us that we're innovative, creative and entrepreneurial, too.

It's true, kids grow up overnight

A dad ponders how his toddler daughter can change so much in just one 24 hour period.

Father sings to dying son days after losing wife

A heartbreaking video shows a new dad singing 'Blackbird' to his dying son just days after losing his wife.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win one of 5 Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport

Australia?s No 1 selling car is now available in a Sports model and we have 5 to give away to some lucky Essential Baby families.

Join PADDINGTON on the red carpet!

To celebrate the release of PADDINGTON, we are giving five lucky winners the chance to win a family pass to the exclusive Australian Premiere in Sydney on December 7!

Knowing you are one of the lucky ones

I am secure, confident and strong, but the responsibility of protecting my children can almost bring me undone.

Why I am so emotional now I have kids?

There are so many ways in which parenthood changes us as women, but one of the most noticeable, for me, has been the changing state of my emotions.

Baby survives despite sharing womb with 'foreign body'

Baby Maia was conceived against the odds, only to find she was sharing a womb with an ominous "foreign body".

Video: Baby shows dog how to jump - or vice versa

They say dog is man's best friend, but this playful pooch seems to have chosen a jumping baby as her number one buddy.

10 ways to soothe a crying baby

New paernts can get frustrated when their newborn gets fussy and can't settle down. When you're feeling overwhelmed, try some of these simple tips to help soothe your baby.

20 baby names that are becoming more popular every year

The data-lovers at nameberry.com have been at it again – this time, they’ve discovered the names that are continually rising up the ranks, ready to take out some top spots in the next few years.

10 great meals to make for new parents

Ideally, you want to give food that isn’t expensive to make, isn't too difficult to create, and freezes well; stews, bakes, soups and pasta sauces are perfect.

'It's not you, it's me': Boston bombing survivor mum to have leg amputated

Rebekah DiMartino is going through a break-up. She even wrote a farewell love letter. But it's not to her husband.

What it's like to go through early menopause

In a cruel twist, Carla had been breastfeeding and perimenopausal at the same time. But she's far from the only one to go through menopause early.

Restaurant served alcohol to two-year-old

Busy restaurants can be forgiven for getting food and drink orders mixed up from time to time, but not when the confusion leads to a two-year-old being served an alcoholic cocktail instead of the child-friendly beverage they ordered.

Julia Morris tells of miscarriage on a flight

Julia Morris has spoken about the devastation of suffering a miscarriage while on an international flight.

Woman's survival after birth 'a story of two miracles'

A US mother is home and tending to her new baby less than a month after surviving without a pulse for 45 minutes.

Eating ice may give mental boost to the iron deficient: study

A new study proposes that, like a strong cup of coffee, ice may give those with insufficient iron a much-needed mental boost.

Tiny lives in caring hands: Thank U NICU Day

Each year in Australia, over 40,000 newborns need the help of a special care nursery or neonatal intensive care unit. One day a year, the staff are honoured by the parents they help through those dark days.

I paid $50,000 to have a girl

This time my husband and I hadn't taken any chances. We had paid $50,000 and travelled 13,000 kilometres to make sure the baby growing inside me was female.

Weird pregnancy products

Some pregnancy products come to market and are just awesome. Others just leave you scratching your head.

Dear firstborn, I'm sorry

Being a first-time mum is tough for so many reasons – particularly because you really have no idea what you're doing.

A trace of sesame could kill my son

Helen Richardson son's had two anaphylactic reactions in a month. It's traumatic for everyone.

When you know before the test says yes

It wasn't a pregnancy test or missed period that told me I was pregnant with my second baby; it was too early for those things. A doner kebab told me I was going to be a mum again.

What not to do when your partner is in labour

Robbie Williams stole the show during his wife Ayda's labour, pretty much demonstrating everything on the "what not to do when your partner is in labour" list.

Best maternity swimwear and beach cover-ups

Thinking about a tropical babymoon but have nothing to wear? Here are some great swimwear and beach cover-up options for mums-to-be.

Mark Latham, you have no idea

Parents who treat their depression are "cowardly", feminists are baby haters with a "psychoneurotic disorder". Really, Mark?

 

How many weeks til Christmas?

On your To-Do list

Get the "Santa" shopping done without the kids in tow.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.