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deadstar6

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#275812 10-Sep-2020 17:44
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Hi there, please move if you think it’s necessary!

I’ve been flatting in a place for 2 years now and my problem is my bedroom faces west and has rather large windows. The curtains are quite old and are disintegrating (literally) - I think they are thermal curtains which are so damaged by the sun that a powdery substance comes off them every time you touch them. They are also discoloured and not particularly dark. This isn’t a big deal in winter but in summer my room gets extremely hot.

 

What are my options? I live with my landlord but I don’t feel it’s particularly cool to ask him to fork out on some new curtains for me. I’ve read that in rentals people often store the curtains that come with the house, buy their own and then take them with them when the leave and put the originals back in place. Doing something like that would be my last resort as obviously that’s quite expensive and I often leave my bedroom door open while I’m in the house and I don’t want my landlord/flatmate to see I’ve got new curtains without telling him.

 

I’ve researched the “Gro Anywhere Blockout Blinds” and they seem ok but then I read they make the room warmer! I’ve also seen on Amazon velcro curtains but I don’t know if we can get something like that over here.

 

I guess I could buy them from Amazon but I don’t have much experience with that. Any advice? Not keen on another boiling hot summer and I don’t want to move flats just because of this.


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Andib
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  #2561860 10-Sep-2020 18:11
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If you live with your landlord but don't want to ask them to buy new curtains for you, Maybe ask if they're happy for you to buy new ones for your room (throwing out the old ones ) or simply just put them in a bag in the cupboard and put the originals back up when you move out.

Pre made curtains are pretty cheap from Bunnings / Spotlight / The Warehouse etc..

 

 

 

 


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  #2561864 10-Sep-2020 18:32
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White backed curtains will reflect the sun away, not a big deal to put up. Just check with your landlord first, though I don't really think it's any of their business if you pay for the room. You can get ok curtains fairly cheap at the hardware stores, or custom made ones are really expensive.


 
 
 
 


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  #2561890 10-Sep-2020 19:36
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Time to be a grown up and actually talk to them about it.

The first step is to make the landlord aware the curtains are knackered.

Once you've done that, you can have a conversation about possible solutions.




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  #2561904 10-Sep-2020 20:46
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Apart from what @andrewNZ has already said, you can get good-enough blockout curtains from the Warehouse if you wait for a sale. The colours may be a bit undesirable, but that's why you're getting them cheap.

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  #2561913 10-Sep-2020 21:12
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deadstar6: I live with my landlord but I don’t feel it’s particularly cool to ask him to fork out on some new curtains for me.

Really? I do. He's the landlord, that's his responsibility.

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  #2561991 11-Sep-2020 06:42
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Thanks for your responses. I wasn't 100% sure whose responsibility it was. I've only found stuff online about renting and I'm not renting a house. Only renting a room of a house that belongs to him. I believe he bought the house with these curtains so he technically didn't buy them. He's just had to buy a few other things at the moment plus we have vacant rooms, so it doesn't feel like the right time to ask but I will before summer comes. What's the worst he can do? Say no I guess.

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  #2561995 11-Sep-2020 07:28
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Just say the curtain are knackered and offer to go halves with him on some ready made blackout ones, even though it's his responsibility officially. If you are apprehensive about having such a mundane conversation with him then it must be pretty stressful living with him.








 
 
 
 


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  #2562002 11-Sep-2020 08:05
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Just nip down to Spotlight and get some premade blackout ones for $60.
It is a 10 minute job to take down old curtains and put up new ones. Make sure you buy al new plastic clip things..
If the head tenant or landlord has an issue with that - find a new place ASAP. 


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  #2562032 11-Sep-2020 09:02
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The way I see it, whether you are renting a flat or just a room, the curtains are a chattel and are the responsibility of the owner to replace when they are in poor condition. I don't think you should even have to pay half, tbh. 

 

If he's just bought the house and has been spending money on things that need attention more urgently, then I can see why you might hesitate to ask for new curtains if it may seem like you're trying to unreasonably bump your curtains up to the top of the list. But it would pay to say something along the lines of "Hey, these curtains are pretty worn out - perhaps they could get replaced at some point?" if you're not in a hurry. If you want new curtains sooner rather than later, then perhaps you could do as others have suggested and get some pre-made curtains on the condition that the owner will reimburse you. 

 

Of course, if you REALLY want new curtains and don't care about where the responsibility of cost lays, then just get the curtains and pay for them yourself - just let the owner know in advance that you plan to do this.


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  #2562063 11-Sep-2020 10:09
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One of my flatmates wanted new curtains and admittedly the old ones were knackered. He could get wholesale deals and we came to an agreement where he bought the new curtains and I deducted the cost from his rent. We were both happy so it was a win-win situation. 


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  #2562252 11-Sep-2020 12:35
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EcosseTech:

Just nip down to Spotlight and get some premade blackout ones for $60.

 

 

Thanks for putting a figure on it @EcosseTech. So if it's $60 then mention that to the landlord, if he hums and haws about it a bit offer to go halves. No-one's going to kick up a fuss about spending $30.

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  #2562335 11-Sep-2020 14:21
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Perhaps you need to think of this slightly differently.

 

You are actually doing him a financial favour living in his house, and helping pay his mortgage. It is in his best interests to keep you happy, and make the environment pleasant and suitable for you. Anything in puts into curtains would be improving his asset and making the place more appealing to potential tenants.

 

 

 

 


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  #2562337 11-Sep-2020 14:25
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Shanemc:

You are actually doing him a financial favour living in his house, and helping pay his mortgage.

 

 

Yeah, but he also blasts Metallica at 1am, and the landlord hasn't seen his cat in three weeks. I wouldn't push it too far.

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  #2562344 11-Sep-2020 14:39
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https://www.thewarehouse.co.nz/c/home-garden/homewares/curtains-blinds

 

 

 

You can get an actual price for the size of the windows that you have.





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  #2563398 14-Sep-2020 07:26
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blackjack17:

 

https://www.thewarehouse.co.nz/c/home-garden/homewares/curtains-blinds

 

You can get an actual price for the size of the windows that you have.

 

 

But go a little wider than the calculator recommends if you can.  Then the curtains will close comfortably, rather than only just close.





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