Having gone from renting to home ownership back to renting I’ve had my fair share of horrible landlords and I’ve learned a lot about how to deal with them. My rule now is that I won’t move into a property unless there is a rental agent in the form of a reputable Real Estate Agency.
It saves so much stress. Then they are the ones who have to deal with the landlord and I can just live my life without having to fight for my rights at every turn.
With capital city property prices so high, many Australians are being forced to rent for much longer than they had originally planned. Currently 45 percent of Australians are renting properties. As house prices rise and people are forced to rent for longer periods of time, this will become an even bigger issue.
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It’s just a matter of time before you end up with a landlord who is, at the very least, a bit of a dud and at the very worst, a deranged stalker.
I had some filthy rich landlords that told me it was okay to leave a sofa and a wardrobe in the partially furnished granny flat I had rented for years and then they took me to small claims court to charge me for “rubbish removal” for the sofa and the wardrobe. I never got it in writing so it looked like I had just left my furniture, but I was moving interstate so I offered it to them. The receipts they used were from their family’s cleaning company. I lost the case and had to pay them $500. It wasn’t the money – it was that they made me look like I was lying. Melanie
Now there is a website fighting back against Australia’s worst landlords, providing a forum on which tenants can dob in dodgy landlords so people know to steer clear. It’s called Don’t Rent Me, and it lists problematic landlords, real estate rental managers and bad rental properties.