From the Forum: Mystery of the missing rent money


It’s kind of ironic that in the very week when we are highlighting the new residential rental laws, we receive a strange post from a tenant whose landlord refuses to believe he’s paid his rent.

The tenant’s bank statement clearly shows the money going out; the unit owner’s manager (actually, a relative) has statements that he claims show the money has never gone in.

The tenant’s bond is being held until the dispute is resolved.  But is proving your bank sent the money also proof that it was received?

Oh, and the rental manager/relative has a grubby secret about a first-home buyer’s grant for a flat he never moved into, that could get him into a lot of hot water.  That’s HERE.

Elsewhere in the Flat Chat Forum …

  • How do you change a by-law in West Australia? It’s complicated, would be the generous answer. It’s almost impossible, a glass-half-empty person might think. That’s HERE.
  • Are there standard fees for strata manager services? Well, there’s the standard fee that you have to pay to see strata records (including the strata manager’s contract) but are there others? That’s HERE.
  • Can the committee change our by-law on pets “on the nod”? There was no item on our AGM but the strata manager says everyone was in agreement.  That’s HERE.
  • Can my strata committee decide how and where my NBN cable gets into my unit via a common property wall? That’s HERE.

There are more questions and answers on the Flat Chat Forum.

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