Another kick in the teeth
THE son of murder victim Suzanne Standing has been caught in the middle of a bitter rental dispute.
Ms Standing's sister, Jeanie Nichols, and her husband Dave took in Andrew, 5, in the days following his mum's death in June and say the move saw them targeted by their landlord.
After an unrelated argument with the owner of their Cawarral home, the couple say they were issued a notice ordering them to pay an extra $20 a week for accommodating the boy.
They said the landlord claimed the family had breached their lease by bringing an extra person onto the property without approval.
Mr Nichols said the family had no choice but to take Andrew into their care after his father was charged with his mother's murder.
Scott Andrew Jobling is currently awaiting committal proceedings for the murder and has not entered a plea.
"If we didn't take him in he would have been a ward of the state and he would have been put in foster care ... he's a good kid, we didn't want that,'' Mr Nichols said.
The landlord, Wim Kloren, denied he had tried to increase the family's weekly payments saying the family were "troublemakers''.
"They had a two-year lease on the property to pay $180 a week, I couldn't change that,'' he said.
"They just wanted to get out of their contract early so they are causing all kinds of trouble.'' But Mr and Mrs Nichols yesterday produced the notice to remedy breach form which indicates the order was given.
Following the notice the relationship between tenant and owner decreased rapidly with accusations of wrongdoing on both sides.
The matter was eventually brought before the Small Claims Tribunal which ordered the family be allowed to break the lease , but not without six weeks 'notice.
The Nichols family has moved to a new address but now both parties are due to return to court early next month, this time to settle a dispute over $642 in bond money.
This is related to Mr Kloren's further claims of repairs and cleaning costs at the Cawarral home.
However, Mr Nichols said they spent more than $600 to ensure the property was left in good order.
But despite all the turmoil of court proceedings and moving house, the couple say Andrew is adjusting well to his new life and is excited about starting Grade 1.