A tenant was left stunned after receiving an “insulting” email from a real estate agent while looking for a property.
Gavin, 30, was looking for a flat in Sydney when he received the unexpected email.
Having lived in the city for some time, he knows the difficulties of finding a house and a good real estate agent to help him.
Slavko Skender (pictured) appeared to have intended to forward an email to his office, but instead replied to the sender, whom he called a “clown”.
Gavin revealed that nothing could have prepared him for the rude email he received when he was looking for an apartment 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 been accidentally sent to him and not one of his colleagues.
“Can you please register this clown,” the email read.
Gavin said he was “enraged” and contacted the real estate agency seeking an explanation and apology.
“I immediately called the ADRE front office and registered my complaint, which ultimately never went through to completion,” he said news.com.au.
Gavin also emailed ADRE, telling him he was expecting a call from a manager about the incident.
A receptionist replied that they were “so sorry” that an email had been sent to him.
“Please don’t take this personally,” the email said. “My manager will get in touch with you.”
A manager called him, but Gavin said his complaint was never followed up and he is awaiting a formal apology.
Daily Mail Australia contacted Mr Skender and received an automated reply saying he was on a long leave of absence.
His profile page at Allan Dale Real Estate was still online early Wednesday morning but was later removed.
The agency said Mr Skender has not worked for them for some time.
A shocked renter said it was difficult enough to find a place to rent without being insulted by the real estate agent (pictured) who was supposed to be helping you
Gavin has a long list of complaints based on his experience in the rental market over the years.
Mold and rental prices well in excess of market prices are among his biggest criticisms.
“Realtors and landlords have always been conscientious in making claims against my security deposits and there is a significant lack of care once tenants occupy a property,” Gavin said.
He received a lot of support when he posted the screenshot of Mr Skender’s email to a Facebook group for tenants.
“Calling someone a clown is very offensive and I would definitely take it personally,” said one commenter.
“Unreal god forbid he’s ever a renter,” wrote another.
Gavin and his experience are the latest example of the major difficulties facing renters across the country.
The rental crisis is expected to get worse as new home builds unexpectedly plummet across states and territories.
A drop in the number of new homes being built would exacerbate the country’s housing shortage and lead to a rise in rental prices as more and more renters desperately search for a place to live.
Drops in housing permits are bad news for renters as low vacancy rates, which can make finding a new home seem impossible, are likely to worsen
The first quarter of 2023 was the weakest for building permits nationwide since 2012, a result many pundits weren’t expecting.
In NSW, total building permits fell 34.1 percent yoy in March, while in Victoria they fell 26.6 percent.
In the Australian Capital Territory, the drop was a whopping 35.3 percent, while in the Northern Territory they fell 19.1 percent.
Permits also fell 14.9 per cent in Western Australia, 10.8 per cent in Tasmania and 5.7 per cent in South Australia.
Queensland was the only Australian state or territory to see an increase in building permits.
Nationwide, building permits for residential units are at their lowest level since 2012.
The number of single-family home permits was 15 percent lower than at the same time in 2022.