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Inside FOUL Sydney terrace with rotting floorboards, falling ceiling, furry mould, disgusted tenants

How a single photo of moldy sandals exposes Australia’s rental crisis – as the tenant claims that despite the problems, the landlord LEVELED the rent

  • Ex-tenant posted to a Facebook group about rentals in Sydney’s west
  • She warned other potential tenants of the row house to be very careful
  • But the rental agent for the property denied that there was anything wrong with it

A serious battle of words has broken out between a rental agent and a former tenant over whether or not they have rotting floorboards, a falling ceiling and extreme forms of mold.

The ex-tenant posted photos of a terrace in western Sydney on a rental Facebook group and warned others to be very wary.

She posted a disgusting photo of what happened to her sandals — they turned green — as evidence of the mold problem.

The former tenant said the rent had risen despite the alleged problems and wanted to “give a warning to anyone who may have seen this (for rent) terrace”.

“We moved a week ago due to severe mold, a collapsed roof, rotting/cracked floorboards and a negligent landlord.”

But the letting agent denied that there was anything wrong with the three-bedroom property in Sydney’s west.

Two pairs of sandals (pictured) got moldy after being 'situated in a closet for a few weeks'

Two pairs of sandals (pictured) got moldy after being ‘situated in a closet for a few weeks’

The former tenant said on her Facebook warning that ‘they said they were ‘fixing’ it all but relisted the property two days after we moved (for more $$$) and probably just painted over the issues / boarded.

“The photos on the frame are several years old… I just don’t want anyone to get attached like we did.”

The rental agent admitted that the property “ingressed water, as with many other downtown properties during the rain.”

“But the roof has been repaired this week and painting is underway to repair any internal water damage,” she told the Daily Mail Australia.

“It’s a very old house, but there are no rotting and cracked floorboards. That is absolutely wrong.’

The rental agent said: ‘The tenants asked for a significant rent reduction and they were rejected, so I think they are dissatisfied. They had a reasonable rent.’

She defended the property and the owner. ‘I know this landlord very well. He is a great landlord.

Mold and damage can be seen on a wall of a home reportedly now rented out in western Sydney

Mold and damage can be seen on a wall of a home reportedly now rented out in western Sydney

A hole can be seen in a ceiling, depicted in a photo posted to a Facebook group about rental properties in Sydney

A hole can be seen in a ceiling, depicted in a photo posted to a Facebook group about rental properties in Sydney

“The house isn’t what they say it is. It has been rented out through our office for 25 years without any problems.

“It’s just a shame the tenants are going to this level… I don’t think it’s fair,” she said.

House rents have risen in Australia’s capitals over the past year

SYDNEY: Up to 21.3 percent up to $814.30 per week

MELBOURNE: Up 9.5 percent to $558.80 a week

BRISBANE: Up to 21.8 percent up to $607.60 per week

PERTH: Increase from 12.4 percent to $582.20 per week

ADELAIDE: 19.1 percent up to $524.20 per week

CANBERRA: Up to 8.3 percent up to $771.40 per week

DARWIN: Up to 7.9 percent up to $663.60 per week

HOBART: 10.4 percent up to $533.40 per week

CAPITAL AVERAGE: Up to 16.3 percent up to $657 per week

Source: SQM Survey median weekly home rent data showing annual increases for the year to week ending June 4, 2022

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