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jaynebrown
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29/07/2014 - 5:10 pm
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Article in last Saturday's SMH was interesting - we requested 2 addtional swipes when we moved apartments in 2013 and were asked for a $200 deposit. We returned the swipes on moving and suddenly the deposit became a non refundable payment - the agents - lets name and shame {name removed} are now arguing that despite one of their staff put in writing that this was a deposit we aint getting the money back - what an awesome little earner ! krrr khing

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You can name and shame anyone you like once you have deposited .... hmmm ... let's say $100,000 in a trust account for legal fees in case they come after me rather than you.

Report the agents to Fair Trading - they have all the mechanisms you need to pull dodgey rental agents into line.  In fact, tell them that's what you're going to do and see what happens then.

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I told them I was going to do this and their reply was feel free - so I am !

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Jaynebrown,

you may not be aware, but the strata managing agent earns nothing zero zilch out of any swipe card purchases. These funds go into the Owners Corporation's accounts, not the strata manager.

what I can suggest is just checking the by-laws of the owners corporation, particularly in relation to whether the OC has a by-law registered that allows the OC to collect a bond or charge a fee for the purchase of swipe cards, as apposed to simply charging owners/residents for the cost to purchase a swipe card, including the cost of the card, programming, de-programming etc.

it is normally very easy to establish the total actual cost for swipe cards....

mr s

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