At the height of the pandemic, I received a letter from the letting agent that managed the flat I was renting. I opened it, thinking it would be about the broken heating system I’d been complaining about since winter.
Instead, the letter stated that my rent would be going up by £50, with no mention of the repairs.I could have just about covered the rent increase, but after the agent continued to ignore my requests for repairs, I decided to cut my losses and find somewhere else to live.
I was fed up with having to shower at friends’ houses and couldn’t face another winter living in a flat so cold that frost formed on the inside of the windows.Eventually, I found a “studio” to move into.
It was the former kitchen of a house converted into a box room with space for a bed and not much else. It cost almost £1,000 a month and I started to encounter problems as soon as I moved in.Read more on theguardian.com