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      Rip Off Real Estate Agents

      Hi,

      For those who are heading over to Perth and are going to rent accommodation, there is a clause in the standard lease agreement that requires the lessee to give usually one month's notice that they are NOT going to continue renting the home AFTER the lease expires. Not all agents will send you a reminder, especially the dodgy ones. If you plan to move out and do not notify the agent they will most likely expect you to pay another months rent even though your lease has expired.
      One particular agent we dealt with was a force to be reckoned with (not going to mention names,pm me if you want more info). Our story is that we got stung for our entire deposit. We rented a short term rental (break lease) that was only available to the end of March 2016. This suited us perfectly as we were returning to the UK. We discussed with the agent why we only wanted a short term lease because of our plans to go back to the UK. Moved in in mid January 2016 believing that there was no option to go beyond the end of March and knowing the agent was fully aware of our plans and why we took the lease. Come the end of March we contacted the agent to find out about getting our deposit back once we vacated. The agent told us that because we had not notified them a month before the end of the lease they demanded another month's rent. We were sold the lease on the basis that it was only available to the end of March but then the agent just used the clause described above. I spoke to a tenants rights association who said that the agents behavior was totally immoral but there was probably nothing we could do legally. As a result we decided not to clean the place when we moved out and funny enough, someone left a large pile of old furniture and unwanted junk just outside the property . I guess it probably cost them a significant chunk of our money to get the place ready for the next victim.
      Please be aware of the clause as it is not something that is common in the UK.
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      Sorry, that should have read: the lessee (person renting the house from the landlord) having to give a months notice.

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      Sorry to hear of your problem and sounds like the agent could have done better, but if it's a standard clause then you would have had some obligation to notify them (if you signed a contract then you agreed to this). I'd have set up a reminder to do it personally. Looks like you got your own back not cleaning the property and leaving unwanted items for them to shift - guess there'll be a lot of new clauses added to their contracts for the next renters now lol.
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      They were notified on the signing of the short lease, my problem is I didn't keep a copy of the original.

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      I don't know why leaving junk as you left taught the real estate a lesson. The landlord/lady who may not have known anything about it would be clearing it up?
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      Thanks for the replies. The bond more than covered the cost of cleaning and removal of junk. If the owner wanted to take on the job themselves then may have kept an extra few hundred dollars but believe me they would not have been out of pocket. It was also the landlord's requirement that property only be rented out until the end of March. I would sympathise with the owner if they had made a genuine loss but they did not. I'm sure there are several landlords on this forum but I imagine there would be very few who thought the behavior of this agent was acceptable.

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      It was your responsibility to honour the terms of your lease, you signed it. It may sound a bit much, a months notice for a 3 month tenancy but if thats what you signed for thats what you give, no point trying to bad mouth the agent now!

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      Morally your behaviour is just as reprehensible as that of the agent.

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      Sure Well it is either a case of being clearly ripped off by a real estate agent and turning the other cheek or make their unethical actions less profitable so that they may behave in an ethical way when dealing with new tenants in the future. As I said there would be a few real estate agents and landlords on this forum but I don't think very many would see the behavior of this agent remotely acceptable, do you?

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      Why do you keep saying they ripped you off? You signed the lease, this clause was in the lease, it was your own negligence! If you had read your lease conditions you would have known. They have not been unethical, it was all there in black and white and you agreed to it.
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