Bath Tub Needs to Be Replaced, Nowhere to Shower

So we are renting from a real estate agency, the bath tub developed a crack, and it needs to be replaced. They need to do work on the pipes below as well as there is apparently a leak and its a strata issue. The agent just called me and said that we wont have anywhere to shower for maybe a week while they are fixing this.

The problem is obviously, what we are going to do about this since not showering for a week is obviously not a solution…i dont have any gym membership or any friends nearby who ca let me shower at their place. The only thing she could suggest was that the nearby university MIGHT have free shower facilities at the pool/gym.

Currently the agent plans to compensate me for maybe $10 per day for not being able to shower.

Does anyone have any suggestions or encountered a similar situation like this before?

(And the agent obviously wont pay us a few hundred dollars to go stay at a hotel while the work is done)

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    First I was really confused - why shower in the bath?

    Then realised it's one of those "space saving" setups..

  • +12 votes

    If the place you are renting has no shower or toilet, it is no longer considered livable, they need to pay for other accommodation, or arrange for a replacement at no cost. If they dont do this, tell them you want a 100% discount till the issue is solved.

    • +5 votes

      You could go down that path but it will likely sour the relationship with the agent. They'll probably just jack up the rent at the next opportunity they get.

      • +8 votes

        Or turn your argument on its head, if yet let them get away with this kind of thing, you give em an inch they going to take a mile. They might think they can get away with much higher rent increases instead.

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          It depends on what sort of relationship you have with them already. I've been good to my agent/landlord and they've rewarded me by keeping the rent well below market rates and only doing an inspection about once a year. The last place I rented the agent was horrible so I demanded everything I was legally entitled to.

    • +1 vote

      ^
      See Tenants NSW: https://www.tenants.org.au/factsheet-06-repairs-and-maintena...
      Maybe I'm pushing it a bit but you may be able to claim more compensation:

      Compensation
      You can apply for an order that the landlord compensate you for ‘economic loss’. For example:
      - You had to spend money on take-away food because the landlord failed to fix the stove.
      - Your belongings were destroyed or damaged because the landlord failed to fix a leaking roof.
      You must be able to show that your loss was caused by the landlord’s failure to do the repairs.
      You also need to show that you attempted to limit the cost to you of the damage (e.g. reducing water damage to your furniture by moving it from under a leak) otherwise the Tribunal may not order compensation.
      The Tribunal can order up to $15,000 compensation.

  • +3 votes

    It is possible to bathe without a shower or bath. You can fill a small tub/bucket with water and then lather up and rinse down.

    A tub from Bunnings will cost $7.

    • +1 vote

      Bathing from a bucket isn't super ideal these days when a daily shower is pretty normal, but it was how everybody washed not very long ago.
      For a person with short hair it is manageable for a week, I would say. I would be inclined to buy a handheld shower fitting that connects to the sink or basin to wash my hair over that.
      A hassle, but only for a limited time.

  • +5 votes

    (And the agent obviously wont pay us a few hundred dollars to go stay at a hotel while the work is done)

    I'd hazard a guess that the cost is neither your concern nor your responsibility. I would presume they have to provide essential services for the property, i.e. bathing/showering OR alternative accomodation.

    I suspect they are trying to get off cheaply.

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      As I said, if i were to ask for the agent to pay for my stay at a hotel till the work is done, theres no way shes going to agree to that.

      • +3 votes

        Of course she'll disagree, that's the point of asking. Then tell her to put it in writing so you can contact the relevant authorities. Get some prices for local hotels and email them to her. Don't be a pushover.

        • +3 votes

          She'll only say no because you're letting her. As said, don't be a push over.

        • +1 vote

          You cant "contact the relevant authorities". This isnt a police case. The only thing you can do is try to go to the tribunal and the costs of doing so will easily exceed whatever compensation you get, not including the time and hassle involved. Thats assuming you win in the first place, and the judge will probably just tell you to use the showers at the swimming pool.

          This is like going to the small claims court because someone owes you $100.

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        Legally the agent owes you nothing. Your landlord on the other hand, has certain legal obligations. Find out what they are in your state and address your correspondence to the landlord, even if it is via the agent. You should be able to negotiate for enough money for a short term gym membership - just watch out for dodgy gym contracts, joining fees, exit fees, notice periods, or access card fees in case of 24-hour gyms. e.g. there's a 24 hour gym around the corner from me that has a $12 per week flat fee, no joining fees, but a 30 day notice period. Giving notice in the first week would still only result in a total $60 outlay. In my experience university gyms can be very bureaucratic and require a fitness test to join.

        Personally, I shower at work five days a week, because I ride my bike there. I know that co-workers have used those showers when they have had plumbing issues. I realise that not every work place has shower facilities.

        One last thing - if the crack is visible and on a fairly flat area of the bath you may be able to duct tape over it as an effective temporary repair while you wait for the replacement.

        •  

          As mentioned in the OP, they are willing to give me a slight rent discount, the agent mentioned something like $10 per day.

      • +2 votes

        It’s not a question of agreeing or disagreeing. It’s a question of the law.

        Either ask for a free month or rent or more than $10 compensation

  • +7 votes

    If you owned the place and the bath developed a crack and was going to be out of action for a week then what would you do?

  •  

    Public pools should be cheaper than $10 a visit but id demand more than $10 a day for the hassle .

  •  

    Join Jetts for a month.

  • +1 vote

    Baby wipes

  • +2 votes

    Bucket and soap, not great, but not impossible. Work from home for the week and don’t bathe, consider it a challenge

  • +1 vote

    Do you have a balcony?

  • +1 vote

    You can get blow up baths

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    Perhaps join a gym, anytime fitness allow you to join for free for 1 week. Our hot water packs up every couple of months.

  • +1 vote

    They are legally required to pay for suitable alternative accommodation.

    That will be a moderately priced hotel or Airbnb nearby.

    They will likely try to screw you out of your entitlement.

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      Last I checked thats like $60+ per night easily. No way will the agent pay that…the agent just wants me to try to use the shower at the nearby uni gym/swimming pool…

  • +1 vote

    Work out the cost of finding a nearby and convenient shower for you, even near to work. Ask the landlord to cover that cost at a minimum.

    Then ozbargain your way to a daily sponge bath/kitchen sink wash/free gym membership/shower at work for the duration etc.

    Profit.

  •  

    How easy is it for you to find another place to rent; how inconvenient is it to move?

    If you try to be an ass in this situation, be prepared for unintended consequences. That is, be careful you're not too penny wise but pound foolish.

    •  

      Would be very inconvenient for me to move.

      •  

        Okay, I suggest you take this fact into account in terms of how much inconvenience you're prepared to bear and how creative you can come up with solutions.

        (PS: Note that the equivalent of very inconvenient to move is how much of a rent increase can you bear?)

  • +2 votes

    $10 a day is an insult. Tell them this is an entirely unacceptable arrangement as (1) you do not have access to alternative shower facilities and (2) even if you did, that would add at least 30 minutes to your showing routine as you need to travel to/from this other shower at least once a day.

    If you value your time at $100 an hour, that's $50 a day. Then you should be additionally compensated for pure inconvenience. Run that argument by them.

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    What did any of the various tenancy associations say when contacted them?

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    Of course you realise, if they take the bath out, most bathroom plumbing goes through the same pipes.. So it's possible they won't want you to use the hand basin, etc.

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