IF you think you’ve got tenants from hell, then spare a thought for Perth landlord Daniel Tuang.
With rental vacancy rates in Perth at all-time lows, Mr Tuang was relieved to find a tenant for his Bentley property…until he saw what happened to it.
From graffiti on the walls aimed at Mr Tuang, to holes in walls and ceilings, smashed cabinets and drawers and blocked toilets and drains.
The repair costs will run into the tens of thousands of dollars and Real Estate Institute of WA president Hayden Groves says he’s never seen anything like it in his nearly 20 years in the game.
“Nothing as malicious as this. This is deliberate and precise….one of the worst cases I’ve ever seen,” Mr Groves told Today Tonight.
“For landlords that are going through the court system without the assistance of a property manager – [it’s] very very frustrating because there’s so many small little nuances within the residential tenancies act.
“You would expect that landlords should be given preferential treatment with the courts, when those sorts of things occur – unfortunately that can sometimes not be the case.”
In Mr Tuang’s case that meant three months in and out of court after an initial order was granted in February to evict the tenant.
He has landlord insurance but will likely end up out of pocket. To make matters worse, he had previously used an agent but found this tenant himself.
“I have to carry on..because this is my greatest asset,” Mr Tuang said.
“They could just stay in someone else’s house and do the same thing, cause the same damage”
A police investigation is under way as a result of the level of damage.