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    Hi all..
    I moved into a place 6 weeks ago. 2 days ago I get a note in the mail saying that the house next door is being demolished and 2 houses are being built on the cleared land.

    The next day a horrible ugly safety fence went up in my yard.

    My question is.. Should they have told me? And is it a feasible reason to ask for a rent reduction?
    I am a shift worker and actually chose this house as its so quiet..
    I am paying $690 a week.

    Thanks heaps.


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    Seeing as it is going to interfere with the quiet enjoyment of your home and you weren't told about it then yep id def be calling the property manager.

    $690 a week is a lot of rent to pay to live next to a building site for god knows how long

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    I would say probably not. Construction interferes with every day life all the time and no compensation is ever given unless you own the property. I had a drain built in my back yard and was compensated for the construction activities but for a development next door I doubt that's on offer. I would ask for compassionate release of the lease and move.

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    Legally no they don't have to tell you as it's on the tenant and buyer to do their own research on any property before signing plus the agent has no control over any neighbour who intends to build /extended/renovate which can happen 6 weeks or. 6 years into a tenancy , also they may not have even known if the previous tenant did not pass on any mail or notifications or they went directly to the landlord

    I would ask the agent to speak to the landlord and see if they will allow you to break the lease - you will just have to pay rent until they find a new tenant and any expenses

    It does suck as our neighbours across the road are building and thankfully they are near completion but it's been over 18 months!

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    We must be in different states ..
    I just spoke to my sisters boyfriend as
    He owns a real estate.

    Apparently legally they have to tell me. As all owners have to be made aware of
    Building works, it is a legal obligation.

    It is not up to a renter to research like a buyer would as they do not get that amount of time to be able to.

    So I can ask for a rental decrease or
    I can ask to move out with no penalty.


    So that is awesome news.. I am going to ask for $100 off a week.


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    Ok cool that's great - but I do still advise any one renting or buying to call the local council and they tell you over the phone if there are any development applications in your street just to be safe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NebraskaJones View Post
    We must be in different states ..
    I just spoke to my sisters boyfriend as
    He owns a real estate.

    Apparently legally they have to tell me. As all owners have to be made aware of
    Building works, it is a legal obligation.

    It is not up to a renter to research like a buyer would as they do not get that amount of time to be able to.

    So I can ask for a rental decrease or
    I can ask to move out with no penalty.


    So that is awesome news.. I am going to ask for $100 off a week.


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    I suppose if they can prove that they did not know at the time you signed the lease they might be able to get out of it. Might be worth calling the council to find out when surrounding property owners were notified so they can't say they didn't know when you hit them up for a discount. I'm pretty sure the landlord doesn't have to agree to a rental decrease though.

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    Yes he does as it interrupts my privacy and the the next door neighbour told me that the previous tennants moved out due to this... So they all knew about it.

    I would think it would be unlikely they would not agree to a rental decrease as I am allowed to move out with no penalty and there is no way they will re rent it at this price with a demolition in progress.


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    Quote Originally Posted by NebraskaJones View Post
    We must be in different states ..
    I just spoke to my sisters boyfriend as
    He owns a real estate.

    Apparently legally they have to tell me. As all owners have to be made aware of
    Building works, it is a legal obligation.

    It is not up to a renter to research like a buyer would as they do not get that amount of time to be able to.

    So I can ask for a rental decrease or
    I can ask to move out with no penalty.


    So that is awesome news.. I am going to ask for $100 off a week.


    You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.
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    Still mummy to Agnes Ronald and Beryl.
    I'd double check that. We have owned rental properties in qld, Victoria and Western Australia and it's not an obligation in those states.

    I think there was a case in nsw where a landlord owned a series of properties and knew one was being demolished and didn't tell a tenant. But that was specific to that case. Might be worth ringing the authority that looks after residential rentals in your state.

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    Good luck with that then I am a landlord myself and have never agreed to a rental decrease. I have offered them in the past when we sold the property though.


 

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