Here is a question to the blog clinic from Rizza who is a tenant
My partner and I moved into an apartment over the weekend (2 days ago) and had to pay 6 months in advance. The only thing, we didnt realise just how noisy the place was until we actually slept in the place!
I was wondering if its possible that we could get our money back or some part of it, so we can look elsewhere? Do we have any legal rights?
I am afraid not. There is a legal rule known as ‘caveat emptor’ which is a latin phrase meaning ‘let the buyer beware’.
It means that you have to take care and make all proper enquiries before making a purchase. If you don’t and find out that there is a problem after you have paid, then it is too late.
For some types of contract, such as sale of goods, there is special legislation in place to protect consumers, but not, I am afraid, for tenants. Neither is there any ‘cooling off period‘.
The only time tenants have the right to withdraw from a contract at the start is if the property is unfit for habitation. A noisy location does not fall within this.