Yeah, as the Brit mentioned, the TV was old and had a bit of a flicker to start. The Landlord knows this and hasn't said anything to the contrary.
Well, a bit of an update: things played out pretty much as I expected but with a bit of a twist at the end.
I responded to the landlord saying that it was too bad that the TV couldn't be fixed and I was hoping to get some kind of replacement.
The landlord responded saying he would keep on asking friends to see if they have an old TV.
I replied that another way we could deal with it is to do two more months at the old rent instead of replacing the TV. That would split the cost and time for both of us. (This would amount to a $1400 savings on my end.)
He refused saying the market price of the flat is still $1600 less per month than this month’s market value. (Values have risen since we negotiated.) He said he only raised the rent $700 because I’m a friend of a friend and that my suggestion was not possible. He did say he will keep looking for a TV from his friends, though.
So, I’m kind of in the situation Vantastic mentioned above. And I’m feeling a bit foolish that it took the TV to make me wake up to the larger lease issue. (Go easy, first time renter here.)
I am now worried that if I bring up registering the lease, it will look like tit-for-tat and as mentioned above, I could be out on my ear in a very hot rent market. The alternative is I could wait and then find out the next part of the lease he will choose to disregard.
What's the emoticon for facepalm again?