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unfair rental complaint / cottge unfit

1 South Africa

I have rented a cottage on a farm (Lot62017 Emerald Hill and when I looked at the cottage I noticed that windows were broken and the bath door was being eaten by termites. I was informed that all this would be fixed up, well nothing was done and three months down the line still nothing. I have a leaking roof (thatch) so everytime it rains I have to move my furniture so it does not get wet. I have not not paid my rent for April, as I feel that as they knew about the problems, not only in my cottage but also my daugher's cottage for +- eight months and when we looked at the places they did not even have the decency to let us know the faults in the cottages. The owners name 's Mark & Sam is the only information I have, but I feel that they have not treated us fairly and we would like something done about this.

The previous tenant also did not pay his rent because of the same complaint and even though he signed a lease for 12months he left after a few months because nothing was being done about the repairs. So the cottage was empty for at least 8-9 months before we moved in and the owners did not even bother to do any repairs. They also advertised the cottages for rent even though they knew that repairs had to be done.

Please investigate into this matter as I refuse to pay the rent until something is done.

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

Rose Haughey

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