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Diggin out the worst dig EVER...
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Member Name: carnabychick
Private accommodation in general
Date: 06/07/01, updated on 06/07/01 (168 review reads)
Advantages: True account, In your interest if living out in SE London
Disadvantages: Proves that some landladies are infact subhuman, Gruesome, There are many more of these shabby digs in Plumstead
During my first year I lived in digs with 3 other students in Majendie Road, SE18. We were all thrown in together by our accommodation services office. Yep we were those students who for some reason did not, yet should have ended up in the halls.
However my year in these digs was most fowl and bizarre.
Our 'landlady' was a stingy, facist so and so. She did not even provide us with rent books. She was nosey and fanatical where her tenants were concerned, worst of all she lived nearby and could 'pop in' whenever.
From day one we discovered her decorating left much to be desired, although I am aware student digs are never the bees knees. The fitted alarms did not work, were they there for decoration then? We could have been killed the numerous amount of times the hob set on fire because bits of crusty bacon got stuck there. There was a huge crack in the kitchen ceiling which my flatmate noticed. It was painted over, great - that did not solve the problem. A crack is still a crack even if it was painted gold. The carpets all smelled of God knows what. She claimed she had them professionally cleaned, fat chance. The garden was full of weeds and some broken crockery. She informed us she would sort this out, she never did and they moan about us students.
She use to barge her way into the kitchen on rent days. She inspected the kitchen and moaned about the washing up left on the sink. She also moaned to our parents' about the situation. Like anyone cared. She told us to do the washing up regularly. We paid the rent so it was down to us whether we took 2 hours to do it or 2 weeks to. This was a regular inspection. If we wanted a parent figure we were have stayed at home for free.
One time she threw our belongings from the kitchen into the backyard. She added that the kitchen should not have things lying about in it. We were speechless.
Occasionally she would bang on our front door at 8 in the mornin
g. A) She had no right to do so and B)What student would be up at that time anyway? No one ever answered the door, we were fast asleep or trying to be. With that she opened the front door and let herself in. That is illegal unless she had our consent to do so. She then banged on all our bedroom doors and tried to open them. Luckily my door was locked with the key in. So she could not enter my room. She phoned our parents telling them their offspring weren't in the house. How gratifying to know that, what a lying so and so.
We also had to pay full rent during holidays. She never let us have a reduction. The rent was expensive considering bills were extra, the house grotty, the erea was run down and far from Uni.
The list of what she said and did to us is endless. I can tell you all the above happened throughout the year on a big scale. More flatmates' left here than the Big Brother house. She left a bad vibe on the whole house.
She even broke down a door of the spare room on purpose. We did not see her do this, yet the bill fits. She docked £80 of our rent money to pay for this door's replacement, OUR money for her CRIME. She did not even have the audacity to produce a receipt for the carried out 'repair work', dodgy or what.
Moreover she told us that we were the worst students she had ever had in her house. That's codswallop. We were more or less the type of students you would find in any landlady's house. Except we were the victims(refined) and she was the dictator and far from a 'lady'.
Do not live here, if tempted to check out this creton of a house take a bus ride - the number 53 here. Minus 1 from this gives you the house number too ;-)
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