Correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't your lease renewal need to be given 60 days before the end of lease. We've been in this place for 5 years and had six or more pm . Mostly hopeless. Got a excess water bill $87 last one $15 rang to double check just in case as the usage was the same. Thought maybe the cost of water had increased. Nope it's wrong. Should've been $18.
Our owner is pretty good . Paid to get the fridge space made bigger and put in new wardrobes .
I requested a new kitchen. Said I would track down a second hand kitchen. Get quotes etc but he said no which is fine. But then spent $4k on solar power that saves less then $1 a day ! Give me the kitchen.
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04-11-2011 18:00 #51
05-11-2011 01:36 #52So... you get your last 6 months rent back because they haven't done the maintenance? Did I get that right??
May I ask what maintenance needed to be done?
That's AWESOME!! does this mean you basically get to live there for the next 6 months for free??
and your PM seems to be leader of the pack!
And move to toowoomba, not far from bris, but a nice place to live
You don't get given notice, your notice is the end of your contract ending, which you knew the date of when you signed and moved in a year ago. They only send out a renewal form if the owner wants to renew, otherwise it is expected that it is the end of your contract and you have made arrangments to move out.
Am I relieved? Yes and no. I can see the agent creating issues with the final inspection and bond. And the adrenalin spent this week running around and then attending the hearing has left me a little flat but wide awake. I must say this episode has really put the wind up me in terms of just knuckling down and doing all that we can to raise enough money to get out of the renting cycle. I don't know how we're quite going to do it but it's made me sit up and look at what action needs to be done in order to realise that dream.
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05-11-2011 21:06 #53
If the tenants take it to the RTA/tribunal then yes the property owners do have to show reason and justify the increase. More tenants need to stand up for them self's, then landlords might not feel like they can just walk all over their tenants. (Yes I know some tenants walk all over landlords but that's not what this post is about)
This is about landlord trying to put the rent up during a lease http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/...ibunal-and-wi/
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05-11-2011 21:21 #54
That's why I said, when they go to RENEW... As a renewal is a new contract, any conditions can be included or added, as well as a rent raise.
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05-11-2011 21:32 #55
That's true AP, but if the rent is viewed as excessive by the tenants, they can still go to the tribunal during to get it reviewed by an impartial person. Otherwise a LL could raise it significantly without any recourse for the Tenant. This can happen at any time during the lease or at renewal time.
Also, in WA at least, rent has to be in line with the market. A LL can't charge whatever they want to cover all their costs. If their monthly costs are $800 but houses only rent for $300, they can't charge $800 and can't increase it willy-nilly to cover interest rate rises etc.
05-11-2011 21:40 #56
It's sad that as a tenant anything and everything needs to go thru the tribunal, yet a LL can end a lease, no reason, and give 60 days notice. A tenant is 2 weeks behind in their rent, automatic eviction. They seem to put the rent up whenever and how ever much they feel like it. If a LL won't fix anything, I can't just turn around and say well since you're breaching your end of the tenacy agreement I'm breaching my end and not paying rent... bc you guessed it, the tenant gets evicted. So here I am, paying almost a grand a month in rent, while the LL pockets it yet breaches his end... and if you do take them to the tribunal, many give you a 60 day notice out of spite. I knew someone that went to the tribunal, won then got the 60 dayer with no reason except they had exercised their tenancy rights.
It's all so one sided
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05-11-2011 21:45 #57
As a pp said they have to charge market rent, most rents ( in Sydney anyway) are still rising , we on average review our rents yearly and up them from $5-20 depending on the property and if the landlord wants an increase, some do say no! ( a rent increase of over $20 is considered high and unless very undervalued could easily be disputed at tenancy tribunal but in my experience they have never declined anything under $20 per week)
05-11-2011 21:53 #58
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05-11-2011 21:56 #59
When we rented our landlord tried to increase the rent at renewal from $210 to $250 per week, we couldn't move at the time so we took them to the tribunal and they said no to the increase, the landlord was allowed to go to $230 per week based on the average rental price for the area.
So glad we are buying now, don't have to deal with it!
07-11-2011 02:40 #60
Inbetween on your success. Good to have a plan to get out of there now though. I wonder if the owner will fire the agent if the owner was telling the truth about not knowing why he is there? Will be interesting...
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