This topic contains 8 replies, has 4 voices, and was last updated by Avatar Btulagan 1 month ago.

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  • #35797
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    Btulagan
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    Hi

    could please anyone help me and advise get through this awful situation I am in.

    Im new in the property  ( 6 weeks ) – I had so many issues and one of them is the realestate agent had demanded for me to remove from the garden all my veggie plants ( which all in the pots ) because the first reason they gave me i didn’t have a written permission? Now it came down to – the landlord is highly concern on how much water usage that will cost him an arm and a leg in water rates.

    I water the plants at 5.30am for 5-8mims and in the evening again for 5-8mins. I used water saving soil – the water suitains well in the pots. So it’s mainly the top soil needed to be wet specially in a very hot day.

    I have offer to pay a portion of  water rates so I could keep my veggie plants. Taking in to consideration the other tenant in the property has have the same amount of plants.

    What else could I do? Please help…  on top of this problem, I am not allowed to place pictures hooks, they won’t provide a letter so I could get a street parking permit, our fire exit was fully blocked for 6 weeks ( it tooked them six weeks before they finally get their act together ) and I found out there is no seperate electric meter for the lighting in common areas it only means it’s coming out between myself & from the other apartment electric meter.

    I have reached out to the landlord and realestate for us to come to an agreement but so far they won’t budge.

    Desperate resolve this problems

     

  • #35804
    Jimmy-T
    Jimmy-T
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    Seriously, I would be looking to move out – which may also require taking action at Fair Trading to allow you to break your lease.

    It sounds like you are in one of only two units – and that makes things tricky when it comes to sharing electricity etc.  It may well be that the landlord isn’t even aware of what the agent is saying and doing.

    I strongly recommend you have a look at the Tenants Union website (www.tenants.org.au) where there is a wealth of information about your rights (including, I think, information about electricity supplies).

    But let’s face it, as soon as your lease is up, the landlords are probably going to want you out anyway. So start looking for alternatives now.

    And by the way, some councils won’t allow street parking permits for strata residents, regardless of whether they have parking in their block or not. But again, you may just be at the mercy of a lazy rental agent.

  • #35807
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    Btulagan
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    You made my day Jimmy T! Thank you so much for your advice & I will look into Tenants Union website.

    I have spoken to North Sydney Council  and I am able to get a permit if only the realestate write a letter stating no parking in the property or the other advice if I wish to escalate – I can put a complaint as it’s illegal for the landlord to privately let car space seperate to the unit as this will falls then to a commercial property.

    And yes I definitely agree I’m at the mercy of a lazy rental agent.

    As both director and property manager  highlighted from their emails “ they only looking out for the best interest of the landlord “ and as a tenant/s we have limited rights & no say to the matter as long as we continue paying the rent on time

     

  • #35810
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    Andy
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    I find it very odd council requires a letter from the real estate agent. It sounds like they just want proof you live in the suburb and this would be via the rental contract or a utility bill in your name.. Do you have any proof of residence?

  • #35811
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    Btulagan
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    Hi andy

    yes, I had my lease contract with me when I went to the council to proof I am residing in the property.

    North Sydney’s council ( and I have live under the umbrella of the council for 13 years )requirements you have two things to proof you live in the property and there’s no parking available in the property. At times if they not safistied with the information provided they will require a letter from the agency / landlord to state no parking permitted in the premises. And  they go on to inspect the property via google map to check all information provided is correct.

    Its evidently the current property I am in has two garage which is directly below the apartment units ( in front of the building ) and parking spaces in front of the garage as well.

    Unfortunately With the overload of supply living accommodations & given the location of the property the Council is very deligent granting street parking permits to strictly resident only

  • #35831
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    Andy
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    I think I understand. Council doesn’t believe you live in the suburb and is trying to control the number of permits due to the local business district.

    Still I don’t think they have the right to say no even if there is already a carspace in the building (some families have more than one car). I’m not a real estate specialist but it seems the real estate agent is also restricting your right in regard to obtaining the permit.

    Maybe if you go back to council with more evidence of your residence they will come around. Better still send a written complaint and ask for a written answer explaiming why they are refusing. Beaurocrats hate putting anything in writing as they then can’t deny it. It might make them reconsider.

  • #35834
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    Btulagan
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    Andy, the main problem here is the realestate reluctant to write the letter. I am entitled to a parking permit given I  have a letter from the realestate stating there is no parking in the premises.

    6 weeks in this place and I have learned how the landlord managed to get away in so many things over the 10 years ( based on the stories I’ve got from the previous tenants and current tenant below me ).

  • #35849
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    VicRes
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    I wonder if the landlord has a parking permit issued to that address for their vehicle?

     

    If so then council won’t issue another one.

  • #35853
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    Btulagan
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    Hi Vicres

    i highly doubt that’s the case as I have proof I’m the current tenant of the property.

    It all falls in to the realestate responsibility to write the letter as their the leasing agent for me get the permit

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