Before you ask the tenant that you’re kicking out to film the apartment for you, don’t.
When your landlord pretty much forces you to move out of your apartment, there’s no sweeter revenge than making a—very—honest review of it through a video that then goes viral. Actor Sandy Batchelor knows this very well… because that’s exactly what he did.
He was recently kicked out of his apartment in Catford, South London, and was also asked by his letting agent to create a video for prospective future tenants. “What a great way to promote the apartment”, his agent probably thought. And he thought wrong. Thousands of people are now laughing out loud after watching the brilliant review video he posted on his Twitter account.
Among the problems he very kindly listed were mold on the ceilings, a fireplace that doesn’t work, crooked shelves, broken door handles, and even a persistent rat problem. And if you thought the video couldn’t get any better, think again. He also gave some not-so-subtle hints that there’s an ACTUAL GHOST living there, as well as strategically placed signs that warn future tenants not to move to that apartment because they’ll “hate it here”. It seems like everything that could be wrong with an apartment was wrong with his.
The video has now over 372 thousand likes, 7.5 million views, and over 5 thousand comments from people all over the world posting the best reaction GIFs and pointing out what a brilliant way to end his contract the video was.
Digging up the plants is a supreme act of spite and bitterness.— Don O'Meara (@don_o_meara) May 17, 2020
You sir have my unending admiration! pic.twitter.com/di2N2o3HJA
I hope you charged them a professional services fee for doing the video— Cat K 🇪🇺 🏴🇮🇪🇪🇺🇬🇧 (@KitCatK) May 18, 2020
At least he’s not alone during his suffering. His video has also inspired others to share in the comments just how awful landlords can be.
I was once told that the damp in my bedroom was due to my breathing in there, the Landlords actually wrote to me to tell me to stop breathing while I’m asleep— samdclulow (@samdclulow) May 17, 2020
I called my letting agency once because a mouse had got into a cupboard through a hole in the back, and they (the agency, not the mouse) suggested that maybe I had let the mouse in through the front door. 🤦♀️Like it was Stuart Little with his little suitcase— Madeleine Horst (@captainmaddiech) May 17, 2020
Takes me back. My sister completely redecorated and modernised a flat. The friend she was renting from got jealous and wanted her flat back and evicted her after seeing it at the housewarming party. Whole family went down and drew all over the walls before she moved out.— Kathryn White (@RealKaffo) May 17, 2020
We certainly hope Sandy finds a much better apartment and a more understanding landlord! At least he’s coping with the stressful news with humor.
Besides receiving bad news, Sandy is currently trying to make a feature film about a small Scottish village cricket team who beat all the odds, and he’s raising funds to make this come true. If you’d like to support his talent, check out his IndieGoGo campaign.