I'm about at my wit's end here!
You all know the drama we've had to deal with during this tenancy since september last year, right?
Not one but two termite infestations, one of which we are still being treated for
and will then have to endure major internal repair work when the treatment is finished.
The garage was turned upside-down for six weeks with the first termite drama and repair job.
We also had to live with the horrible swamp-like conditions in our backyard
which became a mass of stinky slime and sludge for two months,
not to mention the large population of cane-toad tadpoles that thrived in those conditions.
Okay, to the owner's credit,
the drainage installation for the backyard finally went ahead
and was installed and completed last Tuesday.
what our yard looked like for a whole day
BELOW is what our backyard, and part of the front yard, looks like now.
Bear in mind that the pictures below ARE the completed job.
part of front yard from a roadside perspective
part of front yard from top level perspective
our side backyard
the area of backyard behind the house
Cody can't be given free reign of the backyard now and must be leashed to keep him on the grassy area otherwise he'd get filthy. The plumber stated that top soil and turf was the owner's responsibility so, i forwarded these photos to the Property Manager asking what the next step would be because, as it stands, only one quarter of our backyard is accessible. The rest is this mix of shale, clay and a little bit of dirt. The response from the property manager - "I don't understand what you want me to do just because you can't access some of your yard. The owner did the drainage installation at your request."
I replied and quite bluntly told her that top soil and turf in areas as needed would be the next obvious step!
We are still waiting to hear if they are going to approve our request for compensation in the form of rent reduction being for ALL the major problems we have dealt with since September last year. It has not been pleasant living with termites or swamp-like conditions.
We have been advised by several sources that we have every right to ask for compensation. The ridiculous part to all of this is that the compensation we are asking for only amounts to a $10 difference in our rent each week which is only $520 over the span of twelve months. It's not even two weeks rent!
I sent off another email to the Property Manager this morning outlining all our grievances yet again and she did reply and apologise for not getting back to me. Hopefully, we will hear some positive news soon but, in light of all this, we are seriously considering moving when the current lease runs out in July. The irony is that, if they were offering this place to new tenants, they would have to offer it at a reduced rent because of all its issues anyway, plus the owner would be charged a new 'to let' fee from the real estate agent on top of advertising costs. He would LOSE even more money going that way.
I'm sorry this post was on such a sour note but I feel like I'm beating my head against a brick wall over this situation.
Yesterday, I mailed off one of the Pay It Forward gifts I've been working on.
It's making its way to merry England.....minus the note card.
I made a very quick note about it in my journal.
On that note, I wish you all a pleasant day!
~ Love, light and peace ~