Rent rebels win bond row
ANDREW Reardon and partner Beth Dodt moved out from their rental property due to health concerns.
But they couldn't move out without a fight.
Now they are encouraging others to know their rights after the ordeal they went through to move out of the home without penalty or risk to their wellbeing.
The young Rockhampton couple moved into the Meade St house - which Beth said was run-down, smelled like animal urine, had exposed asbestos and food build-up on cupboard doors - thinking it would be professionally cleaned within a week.
She said the real estate agency told her it would be cleaned on three separate occasions over the two months, but it was never done, and when she threatened to move out, she was told she would have to keep paying rent and would not get her bond back.
"I said 'no, that's not acceptable, the reason we are moving out is that it's not safe to live'," she said.
Beth arranged a meeting with the agency, but before this, she read the contract again and went to the Rental Tenancies Authority (RTA), and also a law firm for advice, and armed with that information, she had a win.
She handed the keys back this week and was told she would get her $1700 bond back and would no longer have to pay rent.
Beth and her partner are now renting a house off her mother.
The agency declined to comment yesterday.
The RTA states the landlord or agent must ensure the premises are clean, fit to live in and are in good repair.