Landlords from hell

The baton has been passed! The Tenants From Hell have lost their accolade – it now belongs to the landlords, particularly those in the Byron Shire. Congrats, Landlords from Hell. Well done!

This species thinks long-term is the end of the financial year and are not averse to handing out an eviction notice valid over the prime holiday period. They stipulate workers only what?! pay rent and  then can’t use the room. Or it’s all under the table; no Centrelink entitlements allowed.

It seems many (most?) are not even registered with Fair Trading as a landlord.

Animal shelters repeatedly receive pets unable to stay with their humans because they are prohibited by one of this group.

How’s this one? Accommodation is granted and then the date gets put back yet the prospective tenant dotingly pays a deposit and then the whole thing is withdrawn by the property owner.

Of course, no need to elaborate again on those with illegal AirBnB lodgings which were approved for long-term/family dwellings and built unhampered by council fees.

Landlords who are business orientated (selling a product) know their ‘rights’ and behave accordingly; the dodgy ones in it for a bit of pocket money and the light entertainment of messing with the tenant via subterranean bullying are ignorant of such matters.

Like privacy for the tenant, paying the bond to Fair Trading or having money in the kitty to do repairs, among other misdemeanours.

The Greens are right – Let’s fix this rigged system, they declare. Private rental reform is imminent – secure leases, regulation of the amount and frequency of rental rises, the prohibition of ‘no-grounds’ evictions and the ensuring that all homes meet energy efficiency and security standards are on the horizon.

Judith Anne Snyman, Myocum





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