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Just moved in a dirty flat. Rent paid in advance. Please help me.

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« on: February 15, 2021, 10:05:24 PM »

I think I did a big mistake..

I was living in Scotland and decided to move in to Plymouth.
I've found a furnished room in a shared flat on internet so I got in touch with the agency responsible for it.

I wasn't able to come over for the viewing with this Covid situation so I had a viewing video instead. The flat looked lovely. As I didnít have a job in Brighton yet and no UK guarantor I had to pay 6 months in advance.

I've moved in today and we did a quick check-in as the letting agent seemed to be in a hurry.
She showed me my room where I noticed that the window was in a really bad condition. Impossible to open it and air coming through. She told me that it was going to be changed asap. She told me I could contact her if I had any questions and sheíll send me the inventory soon then she left.

After she left I did a deeper tour.
My room wasnít clean: hair on the floor / in bedside table drawers.
Iíve opened the kitchen cupboards and found only 2 old dirty looking wine glasses.
Nothing else. No mugs no plates. And only 3 pans for cooking.
 I opened my fridge and found that the freezer part was sealed and not accessible + fridge not cleaned.
The window in the kitchen cannot be opened. The extractor cooker is completely sealed with dirt as well.
Thereís mold on the walls.
The quality of the flat is literally rubbishÖ And I imagine that the letting agent was well aware of that and just avoided showing me all this during the online viewing.

Iíve talked with my flatmate and she told me that the agency were supposed to fix the kitchen window long time ago but never did. The flat has apparently always been dirty. When she arrived she had to buy glasses, plates and mugs.
The wifi is included but barely works as it is shared with other flats within the building.

Iíve sent an email to the letting agent but no answers. However she was really efficient with answering when we were talking about paying the rent.

Iíve paid 6 months in advance so 3600£ (all my savings) and I cannot stay in a flat like thisÖ I feel really really bad and Iím alone in a new city  :'(
What can I do? I really need help..

Thank you so much for your time....
« Last Edit: February 15, 2021, 10:33:49 PM by Gillyrose »
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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2021, 10:14:41 AM »

I am sorry to hear this. But a dirty flat, faulty window and weak internet don't make the property uninhabitable.

I'm genuinely not sure what you can do besides save up and look for a better place once your tenancy is over.
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2021, 10:43:20 AM »

This took me back to grotty flats I lived in back in the mists of time.Heavily pregnant I was trying to clean the filthy kitchen,leaving the oven to the end.I opened it up to find a squirming mass of maggots on a half-cooked leg of pork.The previous tenant had obviously left in a hurry.When I went to put money in the electric meter there was a dead rat on top of it.
Obviously things like the broken windows can't be easily mended,and you have every reason to feel you have been fooled.However,you can do something about dirt and hygiene without spending much money.It is very rare for tenants to not own basics like crockery and utensils.
It sounds as if the move was done without any thought of the consequences,when you were feeling very low in yourself? That is a lovely part of the world you have moved to,lockdown will end soon and you will find work.Try not to panic,if you move back to Scotland you will have the same problems that caused you to leave in the first place. The Samaritans are always available to talk to,and walking by the sea can be very healing. Getting your personal space clean and sweet -smelling will be a good start.Hang on in there! 
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« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2021, 11:52:45 AM »

Let's deal with facts...

You've moved in. You've paid rent upfront. Whatever tenancy you have has a fixed term. You have to see all that out. If you accept these facts then the choice is about making the property be the best it can be for you in the time you have there. At the very best that'll mean some elbow grease and extra purchases... at the worst you could be in for weeks or months of chasing an unresponsive Agent / Landlord to get things rectified you consider imperative (but they do not).

I hope your new flat-mate is lovely and helpful and your post here was just first day nerves and it's now all behind you. Onwards and upwards.

I used to think "fully furnished" meant a property was equipped down to the level of crockery, cutlery and stuff like that... it really doesn't generally seem to mean that.
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