24 Sep 2014


7:51 am on 24 September 2014

Olly Crawford-Ellis’ feature on a group of Dunedin studentsbid to incentivise landlords to repair and maintain their properties generated a lot of discussion on social media about what young people in particular are expected to put up with from their housing.

Using the hashtag #characterbuildings, we asked you to share your flatting horror stories with us on Twitter – and, honestly, it was worse than we could ever have imagined, with the hardships ranging from the gross (slugs, mostly) to the structurally unsound (holes in the walls and floors). Here are a selection of our favourites.


There will always be those who look to co-opt a hashtag... 


...those who chose to look on the bright side.


...and then there are those for whom the nightmare’s not over :(


Check out the rest on Twitter.