So today I had to cancel seeing a friend today so I could clean my place up for an open inspection tomorrow for possible future tenants. I told her that our lease isnt up until the 17th nov. She told me that they legally couldnt force us to have open inspections until the last 14 days of our lease.
I called up consumer affairs Victoria to ask them advice on it and to double check that she was corret. Which she was. Our property manager was breaching secion 86 & 67 of the residential tenancy act. Which is distruption to quiet enjoyment of the phoperty by having open inspections through the house before the 14 days they legally are allowed to.
Anyway I sent our property manager an email letting her know that we would be refusing entry to our property until 14 days until the lease ends. Turns out she is away today and wont be back until monday. I told my partner I couldnt get a hold of her and he said I should ring and let them know thats what weve decided.
I called them up and the supervisor or directer (they didnt say their name) was a complete pig. I was polite, but assertive just informing them that thats whats happening and that I had sent an email. Thinking I was doing the respectful thing, not to be wasting their time tomorrow. Anyway, he was a complete pig, yelling at me, telling me that I had no right to do that as the lease says that they can have anyone through as soon as we let them know were moving (we gave more than 28 days notice), and that the 14 days notice doesnt mean anything.
He said that if we refuse entry that he will hold all our bond and we wont get any of it back. So after the phone convo I read up the lease and NOWHERE does it state that they are allowed to bring people through for tenants when they want as long as they give 24 hours notice. It only states that we have to allow them to put the house up "to let" advertising.
So now Im having to contact VCAT about it all, and worried we wont get our bond back. My friend is telling me to call him back and tell him that the lease doesnt state it anywhere & they we will be seeing them at VCAT.
I'm so stressed and upset, I hate confrontation & this is why I don't stand up for myself in situations like this.
Do I have a leg to stand on with my rights or should I be worried and just let them through to keep the peace?