A couple in Melbourne forcibly occupied their landlord’s property for 12 months. The landlord’s family of six was forced to have a home and could not go back. They spent Christmas and New Year in the motel.
The TV show A Current Affair reported on Friday (29th) that the hostess Kylie, husband Tony Lynch and their four children spent Christmas and New Year’s Eve at the Sugarloaf Motel in rural Victoria, but they were not part of the family. Holiday arrangements.
The family is locked outside their five-bedroom house and has been trying to get the tenants out of their property.
Kylie said, "Like other families, we have experienced a lot of twists and turns. But this has brought us to the point of collapse. The long lease dispute can be traced back to May 2019, when the couple’s tenants, Mr. Justin and Ms. Gabi, The price of 5 Australian dollars per week signed a property lease contract."
But Justin and Gabi only paid part of the security deposit and started to default on rent within four months.By January 2020, they have owed more than 1 Australian dollars.
By the beginning of February 2020, because they were in arrears of $2 in rent, the Kylie family issued a vacancy notice, asking the tenant to move out and repay the loan.
But what puzzled Kylie was that Justin and Gabi knew that they couldn't pay the rent, but they still continued to rely on them, occupying their own house, so that their family could not return.
The tenant neither moved nor paid the rent. In desperation, Kylie issued a notice to the tenant to move out in June and November of 2020.But so far, the tenant owes $6 in rent and has not moved out.
Kylie said, our family must pay the rent back. We pay for the mortgage out of our own pockets, and we also have to pay for the cost of living in the motel. These are the money that our family budget lacks.
It is reported that this house was built by the Kylie family in 2008.In the following years, their family moved because of work, but they couldn't wait to move back to their own home.Their 16-year-old child said that we were happy as a family and living in a motel, but I still miss the original bedroom.
Leah Calnan, president of the Real Estate Association of Victoria, believes that more protection is needed for landlords. "For a situation like Kylie's, more help may be needed. They need to be able to move into their home and let the tenant move out."
If the tenants Justin and Gabi have not moved out by February 2, the family must go to court to apply for a search warrant.At the same time, they have begun to take legal action to recover the rent owed.
Regarding the rent arrears couple Justin and Gabi, they said they were in arrears with the rent due to the COVID-19 epidemic, and they also explained the situation with the intermediary, and they felt that they were the one who was making things difficult.
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