‘Dodgy’ detail of $430 a week rental exposed
A social media iNFLuencer has slammed a Newcastle real estate agent over a $430 a week rental listing featuring a combined bedroom and bathroom space.
Known on TikTok as Rach McQueen, the influencer takes her viewers on a virtual tour of the “dodgy” property offered by property management company Leah Jay in the NSW city of Newcastle and lashes the listing.
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McQueen begins her virtual tour by describing the property as “very confusing” and explains that while it has already been leased she believes it still deserved a video.
“What do we call this ‘ensuite’?” she begins the video.
“Especially when it’s the only shower in the house.”
McQueen goes on to reveal the $430 a week, two bedroom and one-bathroom rental boasts a range of features.
However, she took issue with one particular feature of the property.
“The deeper you look the worse it gets,” she said.
McQueen shows images of the main bedroom which has the ‘ensuite’ attached to it.
“Look, it doesn’t seem too bad does it,” she said.
However, the camera pans to reveal the ensuite bathroom is actually just a bathroom sink and shower placed directly next to the bed.
“That’s not an ensuite ... that’s a shower in the bedroom right next to the bed,” she said.
“This looks like it used to be a bathroom and they’ve just put a bed in there.
“So, the person who lives in the other bedroom has to come into this bedroom to shower... right next to this person’s bed.”
The video has since gained more than 187,000 views, and hundreds of comments from other horrified renters.
“That’s dodgy, who would rent this s***,” one person said.
“WHAT! And it’s been leased?” another added.
“The way my jaw dropped at the bath/bedroom,” a third said.
INFLuencer Abbie Chatfield also shared her disbelief at the offering, leaving a comment in all capital letters.
“NOTHING COULD HAVE PREPARED ME,” Chatfield commented, to which McQueen replied: “It really took a quick turn to nightmare fuel town didn’t it”.
Building standards explained
According to Fair Trading NSW, a series of minimum standards apply to all rented properties to ensure they are fit to live in.
On the list is a code which states the property must “have bathroom facilities, including toilet and washing facilities that allow users’ privacy”.
A NSW Fair Trading spokesperson told 7NEWS.com.au “prospective tenants interested in renting a property should request confirmation with the real estate agent or landlord to confirm the building is compliant with appropriate guidelines and is approved for occupation”.
“Local councils as the planning authority for residential dwellings should also be approached for confirmation of compliance if concerns exist,” they added.
7NEWS.com.au has reached out to Leah Jay for further comment.
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