Alice Andreessen, 25, was looking for a place to rent her own in Stavanger.
When I reviewed housing ads on Finn.no, I came across a vacant passenger dormitory.
– At first glance, the dormitory looked very nice, Andreassen tells TV 2.
The advertisement states that it is a modern, furnished and newly renovated dormitory with a private entrance.
The basement apartment has an area of 30 square meters and a monthly rent of 5,000 NOK.
Moreover, it says that it comes with different kitchen utensils. In addition, there is a bathroom with a large shower and toilet.
– When I flipped the pictures in the ad, I noticed something wasn’t right. She was shocked when it looked as if the kitchen was right next to the toilet and the shower was in the same room, she says.
I thought this could not be entirely true, and sent a message to the owner asking if the toilet and kitchen were in the same room.
– The owner answered yes, and that a shower wall separates the toilet and the kitchen. I see from the pictures that the shower wall separates the toilet and shower. There is no wall between the toilet and the kitchen table. I was shocked and upset.
These ads appear from time to time
The Tenants Association watched the ad, and it reacts aggressively.
This is a bankruptcy declaration for the rental sector. Nobody wants to sit on the toilet a meter from the sink, and the owner knows this too, the head of the department at the Tenants Association, Ann Rita Andal for TV 2.
However, she was not shocked.
Advertisements like this pop up every now and then, and we’ve seen much worse things than that. The standard in the rest of the housing seems decent.
Andal says many vulnerable and disadvantaged renters don’t come to them with these issues.
Either they do not know their rights, or because they know they are at the bottom of the ladder in the rental hierarchy and are sitting with the opinion that there is no point in trying to fight.
And she adds:
We’ve seen many examples of landlords who specialize in renting to the most vulnerable tenants, because they know they can get away with it.
I got an order to remove the ad
Alice Andreessen thinks it sloppy to publish such ads.
– I don’t understand how the owner thinks you should be able to live in such housing. There are harsh conditions in the rental market, if one is desperate, as has been the case with many, there is surely someone who would agree to live here, she says.
So Andreessen chose to send a worrying report to the municipality of Stavanger, which took the complaint seriously. The municipality concluded that it is not permissible to have a toilet, shower and kitchen in the same room.
The municipality also gave notice that the owner should remove the ad. Advertising is now inactive.
TV 2 has been in contact with the owner who does not wish to comment on the matter.
Wants to clean up in the rental sector
Ann Rita Andal of the Tenants Association says that many landlords are kind and conscientious.
– But there are also many examples to the contrary. Some break the law because they don’t know what their duties as an owner are, while others do it on purpose, she told TV 2.
She goes on to say that current legislation favors landlords over tenants.
– In Norway we are almost obsessed with everyone having their own home, and when the state or municipal authorities do not prioritize rent policy, it is not really surprising that some people end up cooking in the bathroom.
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