Johnny Kash

Rental Dispute and Tribunal Experience

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    Hi folks,

     

    I know theres a few of us out there renting and having to deal with the 'joys' of Adelaide landlords/agents so thought Id share my experience. We have been in a dispute with our rental agency for 4 months now (all the time our bond being held of course).

     

    To give some balance this is our 4th rental in Adelaide and there have never been any issues with agents, we always got a professional exit clean and bonds always returned in full. Until now...... At the last exit inspection the cowboy agents came up with some nonsense 'issues' which would have taken $1500 from our bond.

     

    I honestly think some agents rely on tenants in these situations not being able to have their bond money tied up while a hearing is scheduled (having an entire bond suspended for 4 months, many people will rely on this to fund the next bond!) or they assume tenants are unaware of any redress available to them, or maybe don't want the hassle.

     

    Anyway we took our case to the tribunal and they ruled in our favour and bond returned so a good outcome in the end. For anyone out there whose been in the wrong end of rogue landlords/agents - and theres a few out there - don't let them bully you, if you think you have a case go to the South Australian Civil & Administrative Tribunal (SACAT). There is a fee but the landlord has to cover this so no cost for tenants.

     

    Its fairly formal if it gets to a hearing, you have to swear under oath but the judge I have to say was superb, the agent representative was fairly aggressive at times but the judge was having none of it and put her back in her box a few times :cool:. Bit like a female Judge Rinder actually :wink:

     

    If anyone wants advice on the tribunal process feel free to PM. Cheers

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    Hi folks,

     

    I know theres a few of us out there renting and having to deal with the 'joys' of Adelaide landlords/agents so thought Id share my experience. We have been in a dispute with our rental agency for 4 months now (all the time our bond being held of course).

     

    To give some balance this is our 4th rental in Adelaide and there have never been any issues with agents, we always got a professional exit clean and bonds always returned in full. Until now...... At the last exit inspection the cowboy agents came up with some nonsense 'issues' which would have taken $1500 from our bond.

     

    I honestly think some agents rely on tenants in these situations not being able to have their bond money tied up while a hearing is scheduled (having an entire bond suspended for 4 months, many people will rely on this to fund the next bond!) or they assume tenants are unaware of any redress available to them, or maybe don't want the hassle.

     

    Anyway we took our case to the tribunal and they ruled in our favour and bond returned so a good outcome in the end. For anyone out there whose been in the wrong end of rogue landlords/agents - and theres a few out there - don't let them bully you, if you think you have a case go to the South Australian Civil & Administrative Tribunal (SACAT). There is a fee but the landlord has to cover this so no cost for tenants.

     

    Its fairly formal if it gets to a hearing, you have to swear under oath but the judge I have to say was superb, the agent representative was fairly aggressive at times but the judge was having none of it and put her back in her box a few times :cool:. Bit like a female Judge Rinder actually :wink:

     

    If anyone wants advice on the tribunal process feel free to PM. Cheers

     

    Glad it turned out really well for you JK and thanks for information.

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    Good on you!

     

    If you believe that you are right of course take things further - as you say there are people out there who would not be bothered because of cost and hassel...

     

    There are definitely many cowboys here in SA!!!

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    Good on you!

     

    If you believe that you are right of course take things further - as you say there are people out there who would not be bothered because of cost and hassel...

     

    There are definitely many cowboys here in SA!!!

     

    Without a doubt... Hopefully the outcome in my case will stop this particular agent from trying to rip off other good tenants in the future.

     

    I should also add, if you feel an agent is 'trying it on' and clearly taking the Mick, just by making it clear to them that you will take the case to SACAT may make them think twice - its cost, time and stress for the landlord/agent and if deep down they know theyre in the wrong they may back down. In fact in my case I was surprised they let it go all the way to tribunal as the judge saw right through their 'case' and picked them apart fairly quickly (seeing this in action was actually way better than getting our money back)!

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