‘KEEPING the cutlery sharp’ isn’t something you’d find in your standard lease agreement, but common sense hasn’t stopped some tenants from making insane complaints. The rules around renting a home can be confounding, but some tenants are known to ‘try their luck’ and demand some pretty wacky stuff.Simon Hampel, founder of property investor website PropertyChat.com.au, said a recent forum thread caught his eye.Mr Hampel said in most cases with over-demanding tenants, it’s a matter of inexperience.“Some of those people are naive – maybe they’re young and inexperienced or maybe they’ve never been responsible for the upkeep of a property themselves and don’t really understand how much things cost or what’s reasonable to expect.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:23Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Passive aggressive notes! The truth about share houses…02:23 Related videos 02:23Passive aggressive notes! The truth about share houses…01:57Save on rent but still live close to the CBD01:54VIC rental legislation changes: What does it mean for you?01:08Flatmates wanted! Top 10 hottest suburbs 01:35Renting in Australia: issues faced by tenants02:09Rental AffordabilityMr Hampel said landlords aren’t immune from being unreasonable either.“In my experience, sometimes the owners are just as problematic – demanding unreasonable things from their tenants.“It’s about balance – all parties need to understand their rights and responsibilities and it’s in a landlord’s best interest to maintain their property to a reasonable standard to minimise tenant churn – but they also need to manage their costs. This is an investment after all.”However, even the most reasonable landlord might find a few of these posts from PropertyChat members hard to swallow:“My tenant complained to me about the loud ping of the microwave in the apartment next door. Yup.”“I manage one of our i.p.’s (investment properties) and got a request a couple of months back. ‘Can you come and sharpen the knives as they are not sharp anymore?’ It seems the tenants aren’t either.”“Last year a tenant sent one of our landlords an invoice for $250 – a restaurant bill for a family of 4 including drinks. All had roast. The reason: the oven was not working and they HAD to have roast dinner on the weekend. The stove top was working.”“Tenants complained house had too many flies, it was an 80 year old house in regional Vic.”“Tenants insisted on removing ‘old cupboard’ (Art Deco Stained Glasss) in the kitchen, then complained about lack of storage.”“My best one, so far, was the Cairns tenant who complained the rain came in when the window was open.”“Not one of mine but I read online: Tenant complains of dripping tap after hours, PM deems as non urgent so files it away for the morning. Tenant gets aggravated by the sound, abuses PM says its keeping her kids awake, tenant calls an after-hours plumber themselves threatening to forward the bill. Plumber gets there – turns out the sound is not from the tap, but someone left their electric toothbrush switched on inside the vanity cupboard.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago“Tenant threatening to sue the owner for not having access to her back yard due to bindies …”“My (overseas student) tenants complained that the smoke alarm wouldn’t turn off. Property is just around the corner. I go over, smoke alarm is still going off 15 minutes later. Took it down, noticing a wet patch on the ceiling. Water leak? No. Tenants got sick of it going off every time they burned their toast, so they would throw water at it to ‘cool it down’ and make it stop beeping. Water had fried the electronics. Lucky it wasn’t hard wired.”“Got an email the other day saying “my toilet has a voice of concern” We took that as meaning that the toilet was making noises. Lol Or maybe it was just ta (l) king sh**.”“Mum and dad are on a rural property and their neighbour has complained to their landlord that there are rabbits and wildlife coming into their yard! (They rent 5 acres of land).Their landlord forwarded an application for gun ownership.”Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter @kieranclair
Nigerians are waiting with bated breath to go to the polls this Saturday. The election was postponed for six weeks due to security concerns but they cannot wait to quench their thirst for the ballot come Saturday.From my own personal view, even with the tense security situation many are still very enthusiastic to cast their votes in an election that many pundits say will be a tense showdown.President Goodluck Jonathan is pitted against ex-military ruler Muhammadu Buhari in a nation troubled by chronic insurgency and fears of political violenceIn the city of Abuja the streets are still alive with banners of the candidates who will face off on Saturday many saying it is a tale of two parties, in a classic example of elections elsewhere in Africa many would say it’s a Horse verses Donkey race or better yet, a two Horse race.Campaigns have been ongoing regardless of fears that the vote may be postponed again, however there’s nothing official about that, maybe its just the anticipation of many awaiting when they will eventually cast their votes.I landed in Nigeria on Saturday 22nd being part of the CCTV Africa crew covering the elections. Its been four days and there’s just a sense of apprehension with many awaiting the D-day.Security is one of the major issues that have surrounded this elections because of what has been experienced in the past with Boko Haram terrorizing the country.The government has stepped up security in its capital Abuja deploying soldiers and putting up barricades before Saturday’s election.Many are also concerned about security on polling day, and the inability of the military to keep the polls safe which was one reason cited for postponing the vote, which was originally scheduled for February 14.There’s also some speculation that this vote may be delayed again, but the electoral commission has come out quite strongly to dispute this.Regardless of the issues that are making many restless in this country that is Africa’s biggest economy, there are voters out there who eagerly await voting day.Abigael Odernde”I have received my voter’s card and am ready to go and vote. My hope is that the leaders will be elected through a democratic process so that we maintain peace and order. I know i have to vote because first it is my civic right and because i want to see change and Nigeria moving forward.”Jerrian Geoffrey“I believe the forthcoming elections are going to be peaceful. They postponed earlier but i believe now they will be conducted as planned. Personally i will not be voting. I did not get a voters card because am supposed to vote from my state, Imo. Currently am in Abuja for work so i did not have the time to travel for registration. Regardless i believe all will go well. ”Rachel Anyanulu“After elections Nigeria remains a single entity despite who wins the elections. There is development in Nigeria. The youths already have a platform to participate in development which is change already. I will vote because i believe in Nigeria.”Ibrahim“I believe that Nigeria is going to be an example for the rest of the world. We will vote peacefully and this is going to pass.”By Claire MunyanaIn AbujaNigeria
Colm Murphy is praying for rain ahead of Quito De La Roque’s intended run in the Star Best For Racing Coverage Chase at Punchestown on Thursday. The County Wexford handler reports the nine-year-old none the worse for his fall at the last fence in the PWC Champion Chase at Gowran earlier this month. That was the dual Grade One winner’s first run since the Punchestown Gold Cup in April and Murphy would not mind running Quito De La Roque if conditions were suitable. “If the rain comes he’ll probably run. He seems good after his spill the last day. He seems fine and we’re happy with him,” said Murphy. Owners Gigginstown House Stud also have First Lieutenant, Roi Du Mee and Tofino Bay in the Grade Three contest over two miles and seven furlongs. Press Association
U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called 26 players to Carson, Calif., for the USA’s first FIFA World Cup preparation camp in 2014. The camp starts Jan. 6 and will be held in California and San Paulo, Brazil. U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called 26 players to Carson, Calif., for the USA’s first FIFA World Cup preparation camp in 2014.The camp, which runs from Jan. 6-Feb. 1, will be conducted across two continents. After six days in California, a 23-player group will base in Sao Paulo from Jan. 13-25 to give the players and staff a dry run of this summer’s tournament in Brazil. The team will then return to the U.S. Soccer National Training Center.The roster is packed with veterans of the World Cup qualifying campaign as a total of 10 players helped the United States advance to the finals for the seventh-consecutive time. At the other end of the spectrum, nine players will be looking to earn their first cap for the Senior Team.“We are all very excited for this camp because, as a team, it will give us our first taste of Brazil,” said Klinsmann. “This is a very important camp in our preparations for the World Cup. It’s important for the players to continue developing their bond and sense of urgency for the tournament. It’s important for us to see how they do in Brazil, how the new players fit with the group and to make sure everyone is focused on reaching the highest level for next summer.” Jurgen Klinsmann Previews 2014 January CampThe camp culminates with a friendly against Korea Republic on Feb. 1 in Carson, Calif. Kickoff at the StubHub Center is set for 2 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer.More than 15,000 tickets have been sold for the USA’s first game in the New Year, which is one of only two games currently scheduled before the naming of the World Cup roster in May. Fans can purchase tickets through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – Detailed RosterGOALKEEPERS (4): Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)DEFENDERS (10): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Harrington (Portland Timbers), Chris Klute (Colorado Rapids), Chance Myers (Sporting Kansas City), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Seth Sinovic (Sporting Kansas City), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)MIDFIELDERS (8): Eric Alexander (New York Red Bulls), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)FORWARDS (4): Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)ROSTER NOTES Ten players on the camp roster appeared in World Cup qualifying matches for the USA in 2013. Graham Zusi led all players with nine appearances and was followed closely by Omar Gonzalez and Eddie Johnson, each with eight.Nick Rimando backstopped the team to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup crown, collecting five victories and earning a shutout in the final, a 1-0 win against Panama.Landon Donovan tied for the team lead in 2013 with eight goals. He started all six games in the Gold Cup and shared Golden Boot honors with Chris Wondolowski, each scoring five times. Mix Diskerud was the only other player to make an appearance in all six Gold Cup matches.Twenty-five of the 27 players on the camp roster represent 11 different Major League Soccer teams. Current MLS champion Sporting Kansas City has five total (Matt Besler, Benny Feilhaber, Chance Myers, Seth Sinovic and Zusi) on the roster, the most of any team.Besler, Feilhaber and Zusi were all included on last year’s January camp roster, while Myers and Sinovic are both receiving their first call up to a camp with the full U.S. MNT.Luis Gil, Michael Harrington, Chris Klute, Shane O’Neill and DeAndre Yedlin are also all receiving their first call-up to a camp with the Senior National Team.Gil, O’Neill and Yedlin were all part of the 2013 U.S. U-20 World Cup team. During the tournament in Turkey, Gil scored against Spain and O’Neill against Ghana. Gil and Yedlin started all three matches of the tournament while O’Neil started the final two.Yedlin finished third in the 2013 MLS Rookie of the Year voting.Mike Magee was voted the 2013 MLS MVP after scoring 21 goals. The 29-year-old was also named to the League’s Best XI alongside Besler, Gonzalez and Zusi.Thirteen players were also in attendance at last year’s January camp: Kyle Beckerman, Besler, Brad Davis, Diskerud, Evans, Tally Hall, Bill Hamid, Eddie Johnson, Sean Johnson, Wondolowski and Zusi.Prior to that camp, Besler had never appeared for a U.S. National Team. He partnered with Gonzalez in central defense in the historic 0-0 draw in Mexico, becoming only the second player in U.S. history to start a World Cup qualifier with less than two caps.After Donovan (154 caps/57 goals), Eddie Johnson is the most experienced member of the camp roster with 61 career caps and 19 goals. Johnson tied DaMarcus Beasley for the most MNT appearances in 2013 with 17 – nine of which he started.In 2013, Johnson accumulated five goals and one assist. He scored the goal that completed the USA’s quest to qualify for the World Cup, netting the opening goal in the 2-0 win against Mexico.Zusi earned his first cap for the MNT at the end of the 2012 January camp when he started in the 1-0 win against Venezuela, then scored his first international goal four days later when the tallied the game-winner in the 1-0 win against Panama.Evans scored the game-winning goal in the 2-1 win in Jamaica on June 7 in Kingston. Recording his first goal for the MNT, his strike in the second minute of second-half stoppage time handed the U.S. a huge three points. He has started at right back in eight of the last nine games for which he was available, including five World Cup Qualifiers.Diskerud appeared in 13 of the USA’s last 14 matches dating back to July 5 against Guatemala. He played in all six matches in the 2013 Gold Cup winning run, and started the last two World Cup qualifiers. Remarkably, the United States holds a record of 12-1-3 all-time in games in which Diskerud has appeared.