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“I have concerns that my tenant in New South Wales is withholding rent because they are waiting for a repair to take place. The plumber has yet to contact them about arranging a date to view the house. Are they legally able to do this?”

Is my tenant withholding rent? What can be done?

We asked managing director at Real Property Manager, John Gilmovich for his advice:

“A tenant cannot legally withhold rent payments to a landlord as a way of affecting a repair,” John said.

“However a tenant has the right to seek direction and orders via a tribunal if the tenant feels that the landlord is being unreasonable with carrying out a necessary repair in a timely manner.”

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John said the tenant can hold back the whole or part of their rent and pay it to the tribunal until such time the repair is finalised.

“Once the tenant or the tribunal is satisfied that the landlord has fulfilled their duty by completing the repair by a licensed tradesperson, then the rent is released to the landlord,” he said.

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John Gilmovich
John Gilmovich
Founder, Director and Senior Property Manager at Real Property Manager | [email protected]

John Gilmovich is the Founder, Director and Senior Property Manager for Real Property Manager Pty Ltd in Five Dock, Sydney. An independent mobile agency with a purpose to provide personalised property management services to the Sydney property investor community, Real Property Manager is powered by a new innovative property management disruptor- Rent360. John has almost three decades of industry experience and is highly skilled in rental property management and property investing.