What would be the most civilized solution to my housing dilema?
On the 13th of this month I moved to the UK so I could be with the girl who is now my SO.
Rather than rent a house right out, I reserved a room in a shared house for 2 months while I set my life up in the UK. I reserved the room on a website called spareroom.co.uk
The advertisement on the site stated that there was a nice cosy room to rent for a clean and friendly person. The advertisement stated that smokers, pet owners, and couples are welcome.
I paid the deposit and 2 months rent, and moved in. After I moved in my girlfriend came round to see me. This is when I discovered that couples are actually not ok. Smokers are welcome, but pet owners and couples are not welcome.
Now, it is important to note, that I have not done anything wrong, I reserved the room on the basis that I could bring my girlfriend round. However, it is also important to note that the land lord has also not done anything wrong. The party at fault is spareroom.co.uk for advertising the wrong information.
The land lord posted an advertisement stating no couples, no pets, and smokers welcome, and spareroom.co.uk mixed this information up, with the land lord information, namely, that they own pets (2 cats) and that they are a couple.
The situation now, is that I am not happy with not being able to bring my girlfriend back, and they are not happy that I want to.
There is no hard feelings on any side here, we both recognize that the other party is not to blame, none the less, the problem persists for both of us.
Legally, I have a right to ask for my money back, and if I wanted it back I would get it, but it’s a tough year, and the land lord needs the revenue from the spare room to keep their heads above water.
I don’t want to be the bad guy by putting them in a tough financial position, but I also want what I thought I had paid for.
How does the collective advise that we both proceed?