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All fired up: former magistrate fumes at news of the world

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Tweed residents facing rate rise in 2021/2022 financial year

Tweed residents are invited to provide feedback on their council's budget, revenue policy and fees and charges, as Tweed Council prepares to finalise its delivery program and operational plan for the next financial year.

School Strike for Climate next Friday

Next Friday from 10am Byron Shire students will be demanding political action on the climate emergency in what they and their supporters say is our present, future and reality. 

Locals call for automatic revocation of speeding fines on Hinterland Way in first half of April

When local man Nathan Hicks saw posts on Facebook about locals who had received fines they believed were incorrect he decided to look into challenging his own fine. 

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning May 12

Check out what's on going the Byron Shire and surrounding area this week

Diverse and resilient

Andrya Hart, The Channon After statements and actions by some Rous councillors, I am left wondering how many refusals to...

Interview with Bob Vegas

The glorious Bob Downe is back with a brand new show: Viva Bob Vegas! at the Brunswick Picture House. He gave Seven the Downe low…

Jules Claydon, Ocean Shores

I helped a friend move to a new rental property last week, relieved that a stressful six-month search for accommodation had resulted in a cute, slightly jaded cottage for her and the three kids. In need of repair, and left forgotten and empty for 12 months, it had gone unnoticed until her imminent homelessness was resolved by a compassionate realtor. 

Compassion is not a word one normally associates with such a profession, but somebody helped save this family from being another statistic in our homeless population. Thank you, compassionate realtor!

I’ve felt the anguish, the stress, and sadness this young mother has had to endure to keep a roof over the head of her family. Housing should be within every working person’s reach, but sadly no, with today’s lack of affordable rentals.

Greedy landlords look for ways to evict tenants, their eyes glittering $$ as they raise rents way above the reach of local people who play a part in the upkeep of our community. They’re part of the infrastructure of a thriving, healthy society.

My friend’s landlord wanted to terminate her lease early, she said she needed to renovate and sell – but it took nearly six months of harassment by the landlord, and a looming tribunal, before the previous tenants would leave. 

By chance, the removalist was the same guy who’d moved the previous tenant. He’d moved her in, and then out, before her lease was up, for the same reason – ‘to renovate and sell’. 

Does this sound like a ruse to evict tenants who have a lease in place? I’m not clear on the legality, but it sounds suspect.

You’d imagine the move to a new place would be a celebration of new beginnings, but relentless demands by the previous landlord had us returning time and again to clean the most minuscule things. We resorted to cleaning door and window tracks with cotton buds because she could see some dirt. We went over and over the house making sure it was spotless. This landlord played cat and mouse, each time requesting something else be done. She will not release the bond until all her demands are met. And now she insists we must engage a window cleaner!

Is this person so annoyed she lost in the tribunal outcome she must inflict the maximum pressure on someone in less fortunate circumstances? What sort of community are we creating when wealth is so ugly it treats those less fortunate with such disdain?

And yes, she’s allowed to claim cleaning expenses, but her relentless pursuit to remove and persecute this family are beyond reasonable. I might add that the realtor in this instance deserves mention as being complicit in this, acting as the landlord’s enforcer.

I’m fortunate to live in my own house, but may my own good fortune not make me immune to the plight of others. I am all too aware that fortunes come and fortunes go, and times change just as easily. 

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