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A renter has been left stunned after receiving an ‘insulting’ email from a real estate agent while looking for a property.
Gavin had been looking for a place to live in Sydney when he received the unexpected email.
The 30-year-old has been living in the city for some time and is no stranger to the difficulties of trying to find a property.
Slavko Skender (pictured) seemed to intend to forward an email to his office, but instead replied to sender, who he called a ‘clown’
Gavin revealed nothing could have prepared him for the rude email he received while he was searching for a place in the inner-west suburbs in 2020.
He said he received the message from Allan Dale Real Estate agent Slavko Skender and believed it had accidentally been sent to him instead of one of his colleagues.
‘Can you please register this clown,’ the email read.
Gavin said he was ‘incensed’ and contacted the real estate agency looking for an explanation and apology.
‘I immediately called the ADRE front office, registered my complaint, which ultimately was never followed up to its conclusion,’ he told news.com.au.
Gavin also emailed ADRE to say he expected to get a call from a manager about what had happened.
A reply from a receptionist said they were ‘so sorry’ about the email sent to him.
‘Please don’t take this personal,’ the email read. ‘My manager will be in touch.’
A manager did call him, but Gavin said his complaint was never followed up and that he was waiting for a formal apology.
Daily Mail Australia contacted Mr Skender and received an automatic response saying he was on long service leave.
His profile page at Allan Dale Real Estate was still online early on Wednesday morning, but was later removed.
The agency said Mr Skender has not worked for them for some time.
A shocked renter has said it’s difficult enough to find a place to rent without being insulted (pictured) by the real estate agent who is supposed to be helping you
Gavin has a long list of complaints from his experiences in the rental market over the years.
Mould and rental prices going up far beyond market rates are among his biggest gripes.
‘Agents and landlords have consistently made scrupulous claims against my bonds and there is a serious lack of care once tenants are in a property,’ Gavin said.
He received an outpouring of support when he posted the screenshot of the email from Mr Skender to a Facebook group for tenants.
‘Calling someone a clown is very offensive and I absolutely would be taking it personally,’ one commenter said.
‘Unreal, heaven forbid that he’s ever a tenant,’ another wrote.
Gavin and his experience is the latest illustration of the tough difficulties facing renters across the country.
The rental crisis is forecast to become much worse with the number of new properties being built unexpectedly crashing in every state and territory.
A decrease in the number of new properties being built would worsen the housing shortage in the country and see rent prices increase as more tenants become desperate to find a place to live.
Declines in housing approvals are bad news for renters as low vacancy rates, which can make it feel impossible to find a new home, are likely to worsen
The first quarter of 2023 was the weakest for building approvals since 2012 across the nation, a result many experts didn’t see coming.
In NSW total building approvals for March plummeted by 34.1 per cent compared to a year ago, while in Victoria they tumbled 26.6 per cent.
In the Australian Capital Territory the fall was a huge 35.3 per cent, while they dropped 19.1 per cent in the Northern Territory.
Approvals also declined in Western Australia by 14.9 per cent, Tasmania by 10.8 per cent and South Australia by 5.7 per cent.
Queensland was the only Australian state or territory to see growth in building approvals.
Nationally, building approvals for units are lower than at any time since 2012.
The number of detached house approvals was 15 per cent lower than the same time in 2022.
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