The tired, low-rise buildings on Strandlien in Bergen have a history of complaints in a classroom of their own.
Strandlien is located on a hillside above Damsgårdssundet outside Bergen city centre.
Back in December of last year, TV 2 helps you get tips about loads of mold, weird leases and years of disputes in the dorms on Strandlien 23 and 25.
A tenant, who does not want to stand up for fear of reprisals from the owner, says she has complained about mold for several months without the owner’s reaction.
Another tenant who wishes to remain anonymous for the same reason received a letter last year threatening the landlord to create a negative website about her if she didn’t apologize for a review I wrote about the house on revju.no.
Watching TV 2 helps you episode Muggent Rental Market On TV 2 Play as we uncover horrific living conditions in Bergen.
In the episode, we interview current and former Strandlin tenants.
The Managing Director of Somiga Eiendom AS, whose identity we have chosen to remain anonymous, will not be interviewed, nor will he provide written commentary on the programme.
But after watching the show, he changed his mind. See the owner’s answer below in the case.
I got the wrong room
One of the people we interviewed is former renter Caroline Hammery.
It’s been over ten years since Caroline lived in the Strandlin, but she believes the owner still owes her money.
She is upset that the owner is still active in the market.
In October 2011, Caroline was one of the six students who distinguished Bergens Tidende They said they felt betrayed by the homeowner, the same person who currently runs Somiga Eiendom.
Caroline is today a teacher and still lives in Bergen. She lived only 12 days in the Strandlin.
– There were a lot of things she didn’t stick to. The owner showed the thing next door which is five bedrooms and it looks completely different.
She adds that when she arrived at the residence she met 11 other students and noticed that there were many rooms.
– Then I got a very small room which wasn’t the convention, says Caroline.
When Caroline lived in Strandlin, she paid the rent for one month, NOK 5800. For all the years she thought she was entitled to a refund.
Only now, after TV 2 has helped you investigate Strandlien, the owner has opted for a refund of 5800 kronor.
Caroline tells TV 2 that she is happy to pay even if she is 10 years late.
– I don’t think they paid the price because of their bad conscience, but because they were “newborn” and came into the spotlight to TV 2 to help you.
– But it makes me happy that they have to make up for it.
According to the owner, the reason for the sudden payment is that he wants to reconcile with Caroline Hammery and another former tenant, Johann Vagland.
Johan lived in a group with four other students at Strandlin 25. The owner lived with his family on top of the same building.
Johan says she was often accused of things she didn’t do.
– The best I remember is when he sent his wife to yell at us for a scratch on a table that we had nothing to do with.
Anonymous threats via email
Johan lived there from fall 2010 to December 2011. She posted a review of the house on hybelrating.no because she wanted to warn others.
More than a year later, she received an anonymous threat via email.
– He mentioned things that happened when I lived here, which made me immediately associate him with this house, I was in contact with others who lived here and I received similar threats.
In the letter, Johan was threatened that personal information and negative rumors about her will spread on the Internet if you do not remove the review.
It is still unknown who wrote the threat email.
The owner wants reconciliation
The lease that included Johan and Caroline was done prior to the founding of Somiga Eiendom, but is sponsored by the same man who currently runs Somiga Eiendom.
Today he denies any connection to Johann’s threatening message.
For her part, Johan thinks the owner has an interpretation problem:
We three pieces received similar threats that explicitly refer to events that happened when we lived there, which only he or anyone else in the house knows. And the only thing we who’ve received threats have in common is that we lived there, Johan wrote in a text message to TV 2 to help you.
At the same time, the owner claims that he now wants to reconcile with both Johan and Caroline, and writes in an email to TV 2 to help you:
“With regard to the previous leases in 2011, we must deeply regret that you have suffered an injustice and that at that time it has not been cleaned up for the better for you (…) we dare to hope that they may go together in the spirit of conciliation behind us unless it is even settled right Now. We have refunded the rent paid for August 2011 to Karoline.”
As for Caroline’s criticism of the owner about breaching the contract and that she was given a different room than she was promised, the Somiga boss answered today that it was because of a “communication failure”.
The owner’s account of the conflict over ground zero at Johann’s table is that since no one volunteered, all the tenants in the group had to rely on “common and multiple responsibility”. He adds that this claim has been withdrawn.
Consumer Council: – He should not actually sign
Strandlien leases require, among other things, that the tenant assumes joint and several liability in the event of freezing water pipes; That guests cannot use the house’s wi-fi, and that the owner has free access to the common areas of the group.
In highly detailed and compact arches, the font is marked in a number of different colours, italics and thicknesses.
Caroline Skardrud, an attorney with the Consumer Council, has read some of Somiga Eiendom’s contracts.
– Such a lease where all the text is tightly packed in lowercase is something you should not sign. Since you have to understand what you’re signing, and if there are as many or fewer obligations the landlord is, then you can be in the scissors a bit if you sign.
When it comes to maintenance obligations, a landlord can demand a lot from the tenant, but there are strict rules in the rental law about getting into the house, Skarderud tells TV 2 Helps.
– Guests stole Wi-Fi capacity
The landlord answers that the joint and several liability clause is due to the fact that frozen water pipes can lead to water leakage if the tenants on their way home turn off all types of heating in the house to save on electricity costs.
Furthermore, he wrote that free access for landlords in the communal common area is essential to maintain the laundry routine.
He claims that the reason why tenants are not allowed to provide network passwords to visitors is that there have been a number of complaints from residents that the tenant had visits from several overnight guests who “stolen” capacity when downloading movies, etc.
Therefore, “the said clause has been included in the lease agreement in favor of the tenants.”
After TV Show 2 helped you view the Muggent rental market, we got a text message from a student who had been complaining about mold in his bedroom for months. The message states:
“(…) He gets out of the contract without paying more than that as a result of yesterday’s episode! Thanks for your help!”
On the other hand, the owner claims that the mold problem is mainly due to improper use of the house.
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