Reader Question: 

What should I do if I damage something in the property I’m renting and/or if something in the property falls into disrepair?” – Theo 

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When property damage occurs

We asked Business Development Manager at Absolute Real Estate, Michelle Kathopoulis for her advice.

“If you damage something in the property, the best course of action is to “make good” and return it to its original condition and ensure this is done in a timely manner,” Michelle said.

“If it is not addressed quickly, the Agent may issue a breach notice and this is recorded as part of your rental reference/history.”

Accidents happen and if they are addressed quickly, it doesn’t become an issue – or even noticed.

However, Agents experience many times when the damage is intentional and/or there is a delay in rectifying damage, which may result in heightened frustrations, concerns, and negative rental history.

“If something in the property requires maintenance – report it to your Property Manager or Owner so that they can arrange to rectified,” Michelle said.

“If damage has been a result of an issue due to the age or wearing, ensure it is reported to give the Agent the opportunity to repair or replace it, and to ensure that you are protected when you vacate the property and your bond is disbursed.”

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  1. I had a flatmate, Janne, staying from 12 Sept to 30th October 2018. She had a temporary job at the Power Station as Safety Officer. She had two dogs.
    As agreed she paid $290 per week, had her own bathroom and lounge room which she used to watch netflix every night.
    As agreed, if another flatmate used the other bedroom she received a refund of $90.This happened twice.
    I had received a phone call from an agent in Buderim wanting a reference. I gave a good reference because at the time she was OK.
    As her date of departure was nearing, I advertised the two rooms. One for $200 and the other for $180.
    Janne became very irate that the person taking her room was going to pay $200 per week. No reasoning would calm her down.
    On her last Sunday here, 28th Oct, she destroyed the griller (brand new wall oven) by closing the door with the heat full on. My partner and I smelt something strange when we returned home that day. The damage wasn’t discovered until after she left. She received a refund for her bond.
    The bill for the damager is $208.
    She is on Facebook. She has blocked me on her phone. I have her Rego number.
    This was malicious damage. What recourse do I have?