I recently posted here about being unable to secure a rental, and after some helpful advice (and getting onto my current and previous property managers to complete the reference check..), I successfully secured the next rental I applied for. On to today's problem after securing the property, though:
When I attended the open for inspection, the power at the property had already been disconnected, so I thought nothing of viewing the home with only the sun through the windows to provide light. Applied, got accepted, paid deposit and bond, etc etc.
Today, I picked up the keys and went to the home directly after to do the condition report and found… 25 of the lights inside the home, and 2 outside either have no globe, or have a dead globe (about 50/50 split).
For example, one of the living areas has 2 downlights out of 6 working. The other living area has 7 blown globes. The second bathroom only has working heat lamps, the normal bulb is missing. The globes from the light fittings in the laundry are all missing. The master bedroom has no working lights with a fitting type in a ceiling fan I've never seen before, and of course the globe is missing so I can't even take it into a lighting store for help.
There are at least 4 different globe types required to replace all of the broken/missing globes, some quite high up in vaulted ceilings. I noted this in the condition report and mentioned it to the property manager when I dropped it off, and was mostly brushed off and told to lodge a maintenance request via e-mail.
Just wondering if I'm meant to replace all these blown and missing lights myself as I accepted the property in its current condition when signing the lease, or was it reasonable to expect working lights throughout?
Update: I haven't heard back from Property Manager yet, but sent a follow up email requesting this be rectified before we move in this coming Sunday. Otherwise, my family will experience a very dark few days.
2nd Update: Well, I just got official word back. I've been asked to replace any blown/missing standard globes or heat globes myself.
They will only organise somebody to come out for the downlights. I'm less than impressed and I'm so glad this is going to be my last rental lease.
(also, for those asking, this is VIC)