Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

DEATH THREAT, KIDS ABUSED a[euro][approximately]Evict Me, You Die'; Frightening Darker Side of Coast's Rental Crisis

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

DEATH THREAT, KIDS ABUSED a[euro][approximately]Evict Me, You Die'; Frightening Darker Side of Coast's Rental Crisis

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Byline: Anne-Louise Brown

SHE has been told that if she evicted a tenant she would be stabbed.

She has been screamed at while trying to take her daughter to school.

And her children have been hassled by others at school because their mother, a property manager, amade them move housea.

After 15 years in the real estate industry a frustrated Sunshine Coast property manager, who wishes to remain anonymous for the safety of her family, has decided to lift the lid on the realities of her job.

She wants us to know about the daily struggles that come with her work.

She wants us to hear the rentals story from the other side.

"EVERY day I see people struggling to pay their rent and I have been doing this long enough now to think I know when I am being lied to,a the woman said.

"I thought I did, anyway.

"But just last month I had a tenant ... do a runner owing $4000.

"The tenant said her daughter had died and that was the reason for the late rent.

"After speaking to the landlord, it was decided she had been through a rough time and the landlord was happy to wait for his rental payments.

"I have since found out her daughter helped the tenant move house a and did not die."

The woman said verbal and physical threats by tenants were a daily occurrence.

Her life has been threatened on amore than one occasiona and her children have had to deal with the ramifications of her job in the schoolyard.

She said she was often left to clean up the mess left by unruly tenants.

"Last week I had to stand in my workplace and be yelled at by a tenant for over an hour in front of other customers because he didn't feel it was fair he had to go back and wipe out one window track, wipe down one wall and put some lawn seed down where he had parked a car that killed the grass.

"I have since done the cleaning myself and will worry about the lawn at a later date. …

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