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Long-suffering tenants share their renting horror stories


Landlords from hell! Horrified tenants share photos of their disastrous rental properties – from a resident slug called ‘Slimon’ to a rat-infested kitchen

  • New BBC Three show Rent Like A Boss speaks to young renters across Britain
  • Features segment where people share horrendous past experiences with renting
  • One reveals their landlord refused to address a rodent infestation despite their being a dead rat under the floorboards which was causing a terrible smell

Rodent infestations, holes in the ceiling and moudly walls – these are just some of the complaints long-suffering tenants have been forced to put up with while renting a property. 

One revealed they had a bad smell in their bedroom for weeks which they reported to their landlord, only to be told it was a dead rat under the floorboards which he refused to remove.

Another claimed their flat was so damp their clothes were left covered in mould, while one is still finding pieces of fibreglass in her toaster three months after moving out as a result of an enormous hole in her kitchen ceiling. 

Many have their stories told in a new BBC Three documentary – Rent Like A Boss – which provides a new insight into some of the UK’s most widespread renting dilemmas.

In a regular segment in the four-part series, hosts Big V and Tobias – who are estate agents and property experts – read out complaints shared by tenants on Twitter late last year.

Here FEMAIL shares a selection of the most horrifying – including one Briton who discovered a rat had eaten through the back of their fridge… 

This horrified tenant had a rat actually gnaw its way through her fridge - and claims the landlord refused to fix it or deal with the rodent infestation

This horrified tenant had a rat actually gnaw its way through her fridge – and claims the landlord refused to fix it or deal with the rodent infestation

Another tenant claimed she had a hole in the middle of her kitchen ceiling for months, causing bits of fibreglass to fall into her toaster

Another tenant claimed she had a hole in the middle of her kitchen ceiling for months, causing bits of fibreglass to fall into her toaster

Another Twitter user revealed she too was disturbed by an enormous hole in her ceiling which the landlord failed to deal with

Another Twitter user revealed she too was disturbed by an enormous hole in her ceiling which the landlord failed to deal with

One tenant was left frustrated when their landlord insisted on storing furniture in their utility room while they tried to sell the flat below - for £1.2million

One tenant was left frustrated when their landlord insisted on storing furniture in their utility room while they tried to sell the flat below – for £1.2million

Another tenant lamented the fact they had to pay out £1,500 a month for a flat where the light switch in the bathroom was hanging off an un-painted ceiling

Another tenant lamented the fact they had to pay out £1,500 a month for a flat where the light switch in the bathroom was hanging off an un-painted ceiling

This tenant shared a series of images to reveal how damp their property is - one showed a wall covered in black mould while another featured a resident slug (pictured)

This tenant shared a series of images to reveal how damp their property is - one showed a wall covered in black mould

This tenant shared a series of images to reveal how damp their property is – one showed a wall covered in black mould (right) while another featured a resident slug (left)

Another tenant told how it took them two years and three different letting agents to get the leaks in their bathroom fixed

Another tenant told how it took them two years and three different letting agents to get the leaks in their bathroom fixed

Another renter told how they had water pouring out their kitchen extractor fan and no heating for eight months, meaning they couldn't use their lounge for five months - but didn't even get discounted rent

Another renter told how they had water pouring out their kitchen extractor fan and no heating for eight months, meaning they couldn’t use their lounge for five months – but didn’t even get discounted rent

One frustrated tenant told how their landlord's solution to their leaking ceiling was to turn the water off and then sound round a dodgy plumber

One frustrated tenant told how their landlord’s solution to their leaking ceiling was to turn the water off and then sound round a dodgy plumber

'It all started off so well,' thought one tenant who discovered a fridge in her bedroom. That was before she opened it and discovered it was hiding a hole in the wall

'It all started off so well,' thought one tenant who discovered a fridge in her bedroom. That was before she opened it and discovered it was hiding a hole in the wall

‘It all started off so well,’ thought one tenant who discovered a fridge in her bedroom (left). That was before she opened it and discovered it was hiding a hole in the wall (right)

This tenant counted themselves lucky after moving their bed because of a leaky roof - which eventually caused the ceiling to cave in (pictured)

This tenant counted themselves lucky after moving their bed because of a leaky roof – which eventually caused the ceiling to cave in (pictured)

To prove quite how awful the damp was in her flat, this tenant took photographs of her flatmate's trousers covered in mould

To prove quite how awful the damp was in her flat, this tenant took photographs of her flatmate's trousers covered in mould

To prove quite how awful the damp was in her flat, this tenant took photographs of her flatmate’s trousers covered in mould

To demonstrate their rodent infestation, this frustrated renter shared a photo of Jerry, their resident mouse

To demonstrate their rodent infestation, this frustrated renter shared a photo of Jerry, their resident mouse

Many long-suffering renters have their stories told in a new BBC Three documentary - Rent Like A Boss - which provides a new insight into some of the UK's most widespread renting dilemmas

Many long-suffering renters have their stories told in a new BBC Three documentary – Rent Like A Boss – which provides a new insight into some of the UK’s most widespread renting dilemmas

Rent Like a Boss is available to watch on the BBC iPlayer from October 18.

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