When it comes to rental nightmares, I thought I’d seen it all. I’ve been the victim of a holding deposit scam, lived in a dilapidated garret, with a filthy shared bathroom, above a pub. I’ve been electrocuted, thrown across the room by an unearthed hob as I was making pasta in a place I rented above a betting shop. I’ve paid my rent, monthly in cash, to dodgy letting agents and taken threatening calls from angry landlords. My personal low came with a leak that went on for 10 months. I didn’t think Chinese water torture sounded all that bad, until I experienced it myself. The drip, drip, drip from our bedroom ceiling, along with the resultant damp and peeling, mouldy wallpaper, proved an ideal breeding ground for moths, which feasted hungrily on everything from carpets to my mother’s wedding dress. And it continued to rain on us, despite repeated calls to our landlord, begging for help. But none of this comes close to what I see when I visit Georges Almond in Manchester. Almond, a 23-year-old youth worker from Prestwich, shows me around the house he shared with friends in Rusholme. They had been desperate to move quickly last… Read full this story
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