|958-1/2 Ocean Blvd Hampton NH -- Here's the |
"updated" kitchen which the listing notes
is "fully equipped" and "will please the best of
cooks." Also notice the exposed wiring and
- Exposed electrical wiring: Electric junction boxes, outlets, and wiring is exposed throughout the entire structure. That's because there are no internal walls -- no paneling, drywall, or plaster covering the framing. Very dangerous for all, but especially for small children (and probably violates building code).
- Nails sticking out of the walls: Hundreds of them. They are holding up the vinyl siding on the outside of the walls, but the nails are protruding int the interior by about an inch. Very dangerous for small children (and probably violates building code).
- Sleep in a garage: The "short-stay guest/storage/laundry room" advertised in the listing is a garage with two twin beds in it, and a clothes washer/dryer. This is not obvious from the picture or description posted on the rental site. But in the welcome kit sent to renters by Susan Koster she herself refers to it as a garage (for example, "The key will unlock the left 'Garage' door. Walk through the garage, through the bathroom, and into the kitchen."). The "short-stay guest/storage/laundry room" has shovels, and hedge trimmers hanging from the walls. My 2-year-old daughter slept here. My aunt who is recovering from cancer slept here. When I made up my aunt's bed, a big black bug crawled out of the sheets. I was stressed out the entire vacation.
- Shabby kitchen: There is not much updated about the kitchen. There is a microwave but it is circa about 1980, the display is broken and hence it is impossible to reset it's clock, rendering it useless. In fairness there is an old coffee maker and a dishwasher that both work, I suppose you could consider that "updated" if you really stretch the definition. The statement from the listing that "The fully equipped kitchen will please the best of cooks" is woefully overstated.
- Run-down bathroom: There is not much updated about the bathroom, the info packet sent to us once our final rental payment was received apologizes that it is old plumbing and begs you not to overload it.
- Overheated: There's no A/C. No problem, I didn't really expect A/C. There are ceiling fans in the living room and the "short-stay guest/storage/laundry room". Surprisingly there were no window fans, so since we arrived at the tail end of a heatwave I needed to go out to Wal-Mart and drop $75 bucks on window fans just to cool the place off the first night.