Sam Johnson writes for Leeds Metropolitan University’s The Met on letting agents, landlords, and why you should fight your corner:
In my experience, complications are part and parcel of living in student housing. Firstly, there are your housemates and the constant battle they come with – there’s probably nobody reading this that hasn’t come close to risking GBH for a pint of milk. Secondly, trying to convince your concerned parents that the hole in your ceiling is an architectural design feature and that the building is, in fact, structurally sound. Then, there’s the worst… your letting agent.
At risk of making a sweeping generalisation, I’m going to say that your landlord probably doesn’t care about you, your parents or your housemates and they’d sooner cut off their own arm than fix your broken shower. It’s a mistake universally made to be lured into the charm of a lettings negotiator and sign for a house without thinking, but the smiles and sharp suits stop there, and you end up living in a brick shed owned by a woman who kills kittens for fun…
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