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    Default I love my landlord

    He has just text the OH:

    "I am of fto NZ on Sunday, do you guys want some ciggys from duty free on my wayback"

    How cool is that??!! Not the fact hes gonna get us some ciggyes (we want to stop but we are taking advantage because from duty free is so cheap - like 70 bucks for a 5 x 50g of tobacco as opposed to $42 for one pack) but the fact he thought of us for it!

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    Im a landlord myself.

    Things like this are a win win situation and something i use as well, if you take care of and look after your tenants they reciprocate and are more likely to pay rent on time and look after the house. Unfortunately a lot of landlords are too money hungry and forget about looking after tenants.

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    I have never met my landlords but my neighbours know them, they seem like lovely people. I have lived in this house for almost 4 years, and after my first 6 mths as my mother going guarantor (I was a newly single mother and had no recent civilian rental referees), I did another 6 mth lease, then on my third lease the real estate offered me 12 mths with $10 less rent per week. I am on my 3rd 12 mth lease and they still haven't raised the rent. I love this little house, and Morgan, you are right, I think I have landlords who aren't money hungry. I have always paid rent on time, because I know unfortunately, there are quite a few single parents who give us a bad name.

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    You all will think I'm crazy, but we actually live next door to our landlords! And they are awesome.
    Long story short, my parents put their house (my childhood home) up for sale, the neighbours bought it and said they were going to rent it out. We jumped on it.
    They were stoked too because they know us, and know we won't be dodgy tenants.

    I can't say that it would work for most people, but it does for us. They keep an eye on my dogs and don't mind that they come inside. Actually they really love having the dogs because Duke is such a good guard dog, he basically guards their house too.

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    I hate renting in Australia... In Belgium, where I lived up until 14 years ago, they are not even allowed to do inspections nor ask if you have pets. You can also paint the walls, bang hooks in them and pretty much do anything you like as long as you don't cause any obvious damage. Here, I feel my landlords constantly want to remind me that the house is theirs. They are nice, but they make me feel like I'm a school kid and they are the principal. Had an inspection today and they told me that there were cobwebs inside and maybe I could dust a bit more often. I had to walk round the house twice to finally find one cobweb that I missed!

    And they don't know I smoke. In their ad they wanted a non-smoker.

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    Jeez, I want to move to Belgium!

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    In Belgium (and most of Western Europe) the tenancy laws are all about protecting the rights of the tenant. Here they seem to be all about getting people to invest in property...

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    It might seem that way Beloz but realistically in Australia tenants have more rights than the landlord, which is all well and good when you have good tenants but get bad ones and it turns into a nightmare. Damage is rarely worth chasing through the courts as the courts will say "sorry, after depreciation that wall they put a hole in is worth nothing so you won't be compensated for that". And if the tenants don't agree to you using the bond to fix damage you have no choice but to either pay for it yourself or take your chances with the courts(which costs the landlord something liike $250 just to get the case heard)

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    Well that is no good either. But I'm pretty sure that would not happen in Belgium either. My landlord there got compensation from me through the court once for breaking the lease and minor damage. Cost neither of us anything in court costs. I only refused to pay initially because they had not bothered fixing the leaking roof or anything else in the years I lived there and they were real AHs. Unfortunately you find those everywhere, on both sides. If landlords would be better protected to claim for real damage (not normal wear and tear or really minor things) they would probably not be so anal about inspections either. So it sounds like the tenancy laws just need a major overhaul to work better for both sides.

    Sorry Lani, took this totally OT! Your landlords sound awesome.

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    LOL yea I love them.

    They spent the first 3 months coming over daily to renovate the back yard. If I was home when they wer ehere, every time I would have a ciggy I would go out and talk to them. OH helped them with some of the work out the back etc etc.

    We are just really grateful that they rented the house to us. I mean moving from Sydney, we couldnt be coming up every 5 mins for inspections. They gave us the house without even meeting us (1 phone conversation + a nuber of emails) and we had 2 dogs. Thats really nice, but its extraordinary when you consider the fact that their last tenants left owing them thousands in rent, a house full of rubbish, and holes in every wall.

    They are just great...lovely lovely people

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