VCAT hearing is done!
You may remember earlier this month I wrote about my old landlady trying to get thousands of dollars off me. I said, politely, no. So she lodged a claim through VCAT. The landlady did drop the claim for repainting the interior (over $4,000). I believe the real estate agents pointed out to her that the first thing VCAT would ask would be “When was the place last painted?” Given we believe that may have been some 20 years ago, this wasn’t going to wash. Plus the condition report completed when I leased the place clearly stated the walls were not in a good condition.
In the end she claimed $515 and by attending the VCAT hearing and giving evidence, the claim was reduced to $197.50. I conceded a claim for a glass panel in a light and we had to contribute to the cost of removing some rubbish.
In my earlier article I published some photos of the condition of the property when I moved in.
Today I’m sharing two more photos. The first is of the range hood filter when I moved in, the second is of the same filter when I moved out.
Now let us look at the same filter when I moved out.
I was too embarrassed to publish that filthy filter in my previous article because I thought people would think “How could she move in?” but at the time I did demand the rangehood and the oven be cleaned BEFORE I moved in. Of course, they weren’t cleaned, so I demanded again AFTER I moved in and they then did arrange for them to be professionally cleaned. The point is, they were quite happy to try to rent it as it was which as we can see was DISGUSTING! The oven was almost as bad. I should point out this property is in an area where houses sell for well over $1 million: I was not renting in the slums, despite the look of the rangehood filter!
So as far as I am concerned we moved out leaving the place in better condition than when I moved in: clean shower recess, clean bath, clean range hood, clean oven etc etc. PLUS I had paid for half of the new carpet, paid for a previously patched hole in the wall to be fixed properly because they wouldn’t and it drove me nuts and let us not forget I’d paid for half of the pest control treatment before moving in!
Now I am feeling a case of “here we go again” because we STILL have no dishwasher almost a month after moving into the new place, we had to have the oven door hinges replaced and this week one of the towel rails in the bathroom flew off in Miss O 2′s hands when she reached for a towel for me. I wish I’d had a shot of her face, but as I was naked in the shower at the time I didn’t have my camera handy! Closer inspection revealed it has been broken before and repaired with superglue or similar. Not to mention to get these things fixed I have to take time off work. Why should I have to take time off work to be there to have maintenance done that SHOULD have been done before I took up residence? This really is ridiculous.
I think the hot water heater may be on the way out as well, but we shall see.
I am making sure I note EVERYTHING about this place: I’ve learnt my lesson about keeping notes and evidence. Property owners forget, it seems, what their properties were like! While we have condition reports, some things are not immediately visible until a week or two after moving in. The towel rail, for example. What else may we find as we continue to live here? There is a patched piece on the screen on the security door at the back which I did not notice when I took the first photos here. I keep saying, I must photograph that and I keep being too busy. Rule number one: don’t be too busy to document the condition!
Can I say I hate renting? I hate renting. How on earth can owners expect a reasonable rent if they are not prepared to keep a property maintained? Thank goodness for VCAT and the fact in Victoria our deposits/bonds are paid into a government authority!