Rental horror stories – Guardian readers respond

More Australians are being forced into the rental market, but squalid conditions, negligent agents and insecurity are all too common

As house prices soar, more and more Australians are being forced into the rental market. Johanna Leggatt’s recent article picked up on the fear and insecurity that comes with being a renter, a finding backed up by Choice’s recent Unsettled report. When we put the call out to our readers about their experiences, the stories were truly horrifying.

Black mould, leaky plumbing and bug infestations are common. Negligent landlords and real estate agents are matched only by those who are bullying, overbearing and intrusive.

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