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1, 021 complaints on Landlord and Tenancy issues

January 17, 2019 4:56 pm

Since 2016 the Consumer Council has received 1, 021 complaints on Landlord and Tenancy issues worth over two hundred thousand dollars.

The Consumer Watchdog says the recent complaint was from a University student late last year.

Council’s Manager Alternative Dispute, Resolution Pooja Singh says landlords should refrain from exploiting tertiary students by charging hefty rents especially for poor house conditions.

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“One of the most common issues the council has received is that landlords have a binding contract for 11 months and if the student wishes to vacate the flat the landlord will simply refuse to pay out the advance rent stating that the student has breached a contract.”

The Council is urging landlords to have proper contracts and to issue receipts when students pay their rent on time.

They are also warning landlords to not take advantage of the vulnerability of the students.

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