My DF n I are perfect tenants... We do ALL maintenance ourselves and pay any contractors to do work that's needed... We NEVER ask the real estate for anything unless it's a MAJOR appliance that needs replacing.
We rented from Harcourts n due to work circumstances HAD to break our lease... We paid ALL but 4wks rent which we were happy to take outta the bond coz we Were struggling to pay the $840pw Rent btwn two houses! When we left the house we got professional cleaners (who did a bond guarantee on their work...would go back n fix EVERYTHING a real estate wasn't happy with), professional gardeners in (coz we had dogs) professional pest control done...the works!
We got defaulted by the real estate who claimed the lawn had been completely destroyed by the dogs (lie! They'd dug ONE hole n the gardener fixed it n returfed it for us...and we told them that...n the real estate let it die!) they didn't notify us that they weren't happy with the clean n sent their cleaners thru the house who claimed nothing'd been cleaned n charged us automatically $800 for the cleaning! They charged us $300 for a clothes horse (foldable one that was left in the garage wen we moved in that was COMPLETELY rusted n falling apart...and we'd asked the original real estate if we could throw it out which they said we could...learnt my lesson to always have everything in writing)
They had FIVE open houses before they did the "sign off" stating they didn't need to do it until our lease was actually up...and because they didn't "bill" us for any of this until after we'd gotten the bond claim form stating the real estate wanted the bond n we had signed it... We got defaulted coz I refused to pay $2,500 worth of cleaning bills they issued to us the day after we signed the bond release form! Especially since I had receipts for every professional who went thru the house!
The RTA said bcoz we'd signed that form we had no leg to stand on n got royally screwed!
So it REALLY annoys me when ppl r judgmental about defaults! I have written references from other rentals...I've rented for 14yrs with not so much as a cent deducted from bond nor a breach issued! However I've got this nasty default sitting on my file for 7yrs!
My long winded point here is DON'T judge until u know the full story of WHY they did!