‘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
MORE NEWS: The unusual feature taking centre stage in Gold Coast mansion Buyers at a Professionals John Henderson Real Estate.He said auctioneers or agents guilty of breaking this law are liable for fine of up to $72,000.Agents and auctioneers were also restricted on how much they can help a vendor when they are setting the reserve price.“In these cases, the property professionals can only supply comparative market analysis,” he said.“In other words, they can only provide details of recent similar sales and they should also provide a written explanation of how the property’s market value was calculated. “And they can only provide the comparative data if the seller asks for it in writing.” “And auctioneers need to act in line with their clients’ instructions, unless it is illegal. “For example, even if a vendor asks an auctioneer to reveal the reserve price, they cannot do so except under certain conditions.“The only time they can reveal the reserve price is if they are talking to somebody representing the seller (lawyer or partner) or to an electronic listing provider (realestate.com.au) to establish search criteria for listing.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago REIQ Gold Coast chairman Andrew Henderson says many people were confused by what auctioneers and agents can do at auctions. Photo: Jerad WilliamsHundreds of properties are set to go under the hammer on the Gold Coast over the next few weeks as agencies take advantage of the summer holiday selling season.And it pays to be prepared.REIQ Gold Coast zone chair Andrew Henderson said many property hunters were confused by what auctioneers and agents can do at auctions.One aspect of the law, he said, that particularly confused buyers and sellers was the reserve price. In Queensland, auctioneers and agents cannot let potential buyers know the reserve price. Potential buyers at a Ray White auction event in Queensland. Photo: Richard Gosling“Queensland’s auction laws are different to those in other Australian states,” he said.“In Queensland, auctioneers and agents cannot let potential buyers know the reserve price.“They can’t even provide a guide price. MORE NEWS: Coast’s most popular house sells
The No. 7 USC men’s swim team heads to Long Beach, Calif. today to start competition at the Pac-10 championships.Similar to the women’s team, the men’s team is focusing on qualifying as many swimmers for the NCAA championships as possible. Thirteen Trojans have already qualified.“The original plan was to pick up the times we would need to get to the NCAA meet and forge ahead from that point, not looking at the dual meets as critically important,” said USC coach Dave Salo. “We are looking at this [Pac-10s] as a stepping-stone for the NCAAs.”Leading USC at Pac-10s will be two All-Americans, sophomore Clement Lefert and junior Patrick White, and freshman Vladimir Morozov. The team lost its last two competitions, but has a chance to redeem itself at the Pac-10s against the same two teams it fell to: California and Stanford.The frontrunners at the Pac-10 championships are the No. 1 Golden Bears and the No. 2 Cardinal, with the No. 6 Wildcats also pushing for a spot in the top three. Although the Trojans will have their work cut out for them, these are the only three teams ranked higher than USC that will be competing.“We never know what we’re going to get from Arizona at the meet,” Salo said. “If they are true to form, they might bypass their focus on this meet and we could make a run at the top three.”The Cardinal traditionally prepares for the Pac-10s by resting the majority of its team, resulting in solid performances from the Stanford swimmers year after year. That is motivation enough for the Trojans to want to beat their NorCal rival.“Everyone wants to see Stanford lose because they are always resting for Pac-10s,” said senior co-captain Dillon Connolly. “Whereas Cal, which is a much better team at NCAAs, is resting for NCAAs. Out-touching Stanford would be great.”The team’s main focus is also on the NCAAs, but, like Cal, there are still lofty anticipation for the Pac-10 Championships among the squad.The competition starts tonight at 6 p.m. with the 200-yard medley and 800-yard free relay and continues through Saturday.“In different ways, it [the Pac-10 championships] is more intense than NCAAs,” Connolly said. “There’s less pressure on the NCAA qualifiers since we are already set, but everyone still gets pumped up.”
FILE PHOTO: Nico YennarisShanghai, China | AFP | Nico Yennaris was born in working-class east London, played with Harry Kane at Arsenal as a boy and is an England youth international.While Kane moved to Tottenham Hotspur and became England captain, Yennaris’s career has taken a very different direction, becoming the first naturalised player to score in the Chinese Super League (CSL).In January he made Beijing his home — 8,000 kilometres (5,000 miles) from Leytonstone in east London — and the midfielder even has a new name.“It’s the first in history so it’s something that I can be proud of,” the 25-year-old known as Li Ke in China told state television after his milestone goal Sunday for CSL leaders Beijing Guoan.Born to a Chinese mother and Cypriot father, Yennaris, who is nine weeks older than fellow east Londoner Kane, now wants to help his new country become a footballing force.“I hope to help Chinese football and hopefully one day I can play in the national team as well and we will try to get to a World Cup,” he said in his unmistakably London accent.Yennaris, who signed for Beijing from Brentford in England’s second tier in January for a reported £4.95 million ($6.5 million), is eligible to represent China because he played for England only up to under-19, not the senior side.Chinese football this season began bringing in naturalised players, with Yennaris joined at Beijing by Norwegian-born John Hou Saeter.Yennaris will be on a vastly improved salary in the Chinese capital but he will have to dump his British passport because China does not recognise dual nationality.That means no going back now for Yennaris, who is yet to get a call-up for his adopted country but would improve a team ranked 74th by FIFA, a rung above tiny Cape Verde who have population of 500,000 compared to China’s 1.4 billion.He will though have to cover up his arm tattoos because the Chinese government frowns upon them.China failed to score or win a point in their only World Cup appearance, in 2002. – Kane connection –If the stars align — and China improve markedly — Yennaris could face Kane at the World Cup, Yennaris in the red of China, Kane in England white.They played for the same club in east London and were recruited as boys by Arsenal, although Kane was released after one season at the age of eight.Yennaris made a handful of appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side including 45 minutes against Manchester United in the Premier League in 2012.Yennaris and striker Kane remain on good terms. “When we see each other face to face and bump into each other we say ‘hello’ and we always speak,” Yennaris said.Yennaris had a couple of loan spells in the lower tiers of English football before moving permanently to west London club Brentford in 2014.Five years later came the life-changing opportunity to make the radical switch to China, where Yennaris is on a steep learning curve, especially with the language.Much has been made of him singing the Chinese national anthem but he is still picking up the basics off and on the pitch, such as the words for free-kick and corner.There were eight yellow cards and a red in Beijing’s 2-1 victory over Henan Jianye at the weekend, which at least made Yennaris feel like he was back in the rough and tumble of English lower-league football.“I’m used to this, but this may be a different level of fouls,” he said.Share on: WhatsApp
A former Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputy is behind bars after being sentenced to 5 years in prison for stealing $50,000 from a children’s charity and paying kickbacks to lure patients into a drug treatment center he ran in West Palm Beach.Robert “Bobby” Simeone, 49, was arrested in February.Simeone retired from the sheriff’s office 5 years ago.On Tuesday, Simeone plead guilty to 30 felony charges related to three cases. A judge sentenced him to 5 years in prison and he will serve five years of probation after he is released from prison.