Hi everyone. We rented an apartment last month. It has a big living with great views, which was one of the major reasons that we liked the unit. As we were slowly and happily furnishing the apartment, yesterday I got an email from our agent that someone will need to come over to "install props" and it would take around two and a half hours. I booked an appointment, and to be honest, I didn't know what a "prop" is. The workers came this afternoon and only then I got to understand that there will be four metal poles installed in the living, and they will be there for AT LEASt 6 months. This is to support the ceiling while the roof trusses are getting fixed. The workers were surprised to know that we didn't know, so were our neighbor. Apparently, the owners have known about this (confirmed with my neighbor) for quite some time (before we moved in). So long story short, these four poles are here to stay for the next 6 months, and our lease is for one year. It looks ugly and we wouldn't have rented this place if we knew this would happen.
I have called my agent (who, like always, isn't in the office and will call me back) and will discuss further. In the meantime, I was wondering if you guys have any suggestions or have experienced anything similar and can advise me on what approach I should take. I cannot imagine going through all the hassles of finding and moving in another place, just when we were nicely settling down. Then again, I would not like to live in this living either.
I am at a loss, frustrated and angry. So this is me venting out, as well as asking for advice. Thanks!