Ben Fitzhardinge was evicted from his apartment in Western Australia without being given a reason. He emailed his real estate agency after a series of inspections and was evicted six days later. He suspects that the eviction was a result of his complaint to the Consumer Protection Agency. The agency was conducting more inspections than allowed by law, refused to negotiate, and asked him to have his carpets cleaned professionally.
Ben experienced stress, panic attacks, and anxiety over the situation and believes that no grounds evictions are unjust. Wendy Stone, a professor, believes that eviction laws are inconsistent across Australia and that housing is a fundamental right. In some states, no grounds evictions are banned, while others still allow them, like Western Australia.
The Real Estate Institute of Western Australia supports no grounds evictions, arguing that it allows landlords to part amicably with problematic tenants. The Tenants’ Union of NSW supports ending no grounds evictions, arguing that there are other ways to deal with problem tenants without resorting to evicting them without cause.
No grounds evictions make it easier for landlords to retaliate against tenants for complaints or standing up for their legal rights, such as asking for repairs or challenging rent increases. In some cases, renters may avoid asking for repairs out of fear of retaliation.
Ben has temporarily moved in with a family member while he searches for a new home. He hopes to buy his own home instead of renting and does not regret lodging the consumer complaint.
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