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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachell View Post
    Yes I'm thinking thy actually want us to move out!
    Reason being is because I know there son and his family have just moved over to Australia!
    At the last inspection the son and his family stayed outside in the car but to me they seemed interested..
    We also had someone come over to fix the patio, it was his son and he came along when it was all finished with his dad and I just get the impression they want the son to live in our house!
    Who knows!!
    Well they can't kick you out if you've done everything you should and your lease isn't up...so be the perfect tenant, get that good rental reference and make them sweat it out. Were renting our house out at the moment as my husband had to do country service. Our contract up here is up (but they're so short staffed they're not in any rush to boot us out) and were desperate to move back. Unfortunately our house is leased until the end of Feb, and whilst Im SO glad he's the perfect tenant, I really wish we had some excuse to get our house back earlier haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by pilbarablossom View Post
    Our contract up here is up (but they're so short staffed they're not in any rush to boot us out) and were desperate to move back. Unfortunately our house is leased until the end of Feb, and whilst Im SO glad he's the perfect tenant, I really wish we had some excuse to get our house back earlier haha
    We are in a similar situation, we have been away for work, DH finishes up here on the 11th February, but we need to be back for school start in January. Our tenants have a lease until 5th March, so we asked them to leave early and offered $1500 compensation...they are now leaving on 22nd January.

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    Default Tenants & landlords. Your WORST and BEST experience.

    I had a landlord once who broke into our home to have a snoop. He would always come peering in the windows and ask inappropriate things too. It was a horrible and at times scary experience.

    Our landlords now are just lovely, but they take forever to do things that need doing urgently. However they do more than I would expect a landlord to do (like slash the acerage for us). I am really appreciative of what they do for us.

    Oh we have lived here for almost 3 years and they have only put the rent up once and it was by $10 only. I was also only this year. They asked us if it was okay before doing that as well.

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    Default Tenants & landlords. Your WORST and BEST experience.

    Our first lot of tenants were terrible. They never paid their rent and were always in arrears. They lied about having pets (and we were always agreeable to pets in the house), they lied and said 1 child lived there full time and a couple come every 2nd w'end. No in fact mum, dad, mil and 5 kids all lived in the 3br 1bathroom house with a dog, cat and kitten. We took them to VCAT about 4 times where they were always given extensions to pay. In the end we had to serve them with a 120 day notice to vacate without reason to get them out. They left the house in an atrocious condition. We had to get new carpet throughout due to 'problems with toilet training' and fleas. They trashed bedroom doors, kitchen cupboards, broke the toilet seat, broke the freestanding wardrobes which were new and other stuff. In the end they went to two different charities to ask them to pay their outstanding rent (over $1500). Eventually they signed the full bond back to us after we threatened to go back to VCAT again. They now reside in a caravan park.

    We now have great tenants who pay on time. They too got a dog without asking but when we found out we just asked them to sign a disclaimer for any damage caused by it and have now requested to sign on a further 6 months.

    Sorry for the essay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maybee baybee View Post
    Our first lot of tenants were terrible. They never paid their rent and were always in arrears. They lied about having pets (and we were always agreeable to pets in the house), they lied and said 1 child lived there full time and a couple come every 2nd w'end. No in fact mum, dad, mil and 5 kids all lived in the 3br 1bathroom house with a dog, cat and kitten. We took them to VCAT about 4 times where they were always given extensions to pay. In the end we had to serve them with a 120 day notice to vacate without reason to get them out. They left the house in an atrocious condition. We had to get new carpet throughout due to 'problems with toilet training' and fleas. They trashed bedroom doors, kitchen cupboards, broke the toilet seat, broke the freestanding wardrobes which were new and other stuff. In the end they went to two different charities to ask them to pay their outstanding rent (over $1500). Eventually they signed the full bond back to us after we threatened to go back to VCAT again. They now reside in a caravan park.

    We now have great tenants who pay on time. They too got a dog without asking but when we found out we just asked them to sign a disclaimer for any damage caused by it and have now requested to sign on a further 6 months.

    Sorry for the essay.
    It's interesting that your agreeable to pets. Not many landlords are. although I can understand why when I have heard some horror stories I still think that if people will let an animal trash a house then they probably would have trashed it anyway. We gave up our dog when we sold our house and become renters again, which was heartbreaking and 7 months later DD still gets upset about it BUT we had 30 days between our house being sold and us needing to be out and our dog was a staffy crossed cattle ( so a reasonable big dog and yes he did chew but was only allowed outside) so we knew we wouldn't find someone to allow him. Our current landlords are great and the PM collects the rent but that's about it. The owners are trades and have trade friends so they quickly fix things themselves. they have allowed us to have our cat which we are very greatful for. We are pretty worried about finding another landlord who will let us have him once our lease is up ( we are moving somewhere cheaper at end of lease because we have another bub on the way and we don't need a house this big).
    Before we owned a house we rented for 4 years and very rarely ever saw the landlords or PMs. One place were super annoying when it came time to o the bond inspection telling us that we had missed a cobweb and the grass was not mowed. Well it was mowed when we moved out a month ago and our lease ended but they took forever to bother to do the inspection.

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    We have had a tenant in our property for nearly 5 years now. He has never once asked for anything to be done. According to the property manager he keeps the house tidier than any rental property she has ever managed. We love him (never met him mind you) and in that 5 years we have only put the rent up twice (and even now he is paying about $80 per month less than what we could get for it). We dont want to lose him so we wont be putting the rent up this year. We would rather keep him and get less money than get a new unknown tenant. When we rented the place out he did ask if our intention was to keep it as a long term rental as he was looking for something long term. So far its been a very harmonious relationship that I hope continues for a long long time.

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    I've had a couple of bad real estate agents but by far the worst was organizing for the bond to go towards the real estates cleaner, carpet cleaner and gardener when we vacated we paid all of it towards them and they said the cleaner and gardener didn't do a good enough job and that we needed to pay for them to come back again! I keep our house in a very clean state and the house needed nothing more than a general clean along with the oven and cupboards wiping out! The gardener left garden clippings in a pile in the backyard and she wanted me to come and sort it out we had moved 2000km away

    I hate renting we have done 5 houses in nearly 7 years due to owners wanting to move in or wanting to sell properties and once due to hubbies work I always get good inspections (done every 3 months in WA) and the owners of all of our rentals have never missed an opportunity to increase our rent, this last time it went from $380-$430 a week!

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    Default Tenants & landlords. Your WORST and BEST experience.

    Worst experience as a tenant, the oven was leaking gas and the property manager abused me for calling her on a wkend with something not urgent. Not sure what she wanted me to do with gas leaking throughout the unit.

    Worst experience as a landlord, well not really me but it happened just after we sold the property and was the tenants we had put in the property. Husband murdered his wife and then committed suicide. This was years ago but it still shocks me

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    Default Tenants & landlords. Your WORST and BEST experience.

    Can I ask if many people manage their properties themselves? We used to have a property manager who was useless and took over managing ourselves and its been easy. We never hear from our tenants and if we do need to do something we live 5 mins away. That said, they are great and probably hard to find.

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    Default Tenants & landlords. Your WORST and BEST experience.

    I've never had any horrible experiences as a tenant. My current landlords are awesome but I knew them before I became their tenant lol and we talk occasionally. I have coffee with her little sister every week :-)

    I don't see myself moving from here any time soon :-)


 

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