Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Nightmare on Bourbong St Rental Nightmare as Tenants Do a Runner; Property Owner in Disbelief over Mess

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Nightmare on Bourbong St Rental Nightmare as Tenants Do a Runner; Property Owner in Disbelief over Mess

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Byline: Nicole Everett

A BUNDABERG property owner and her partner are C[pounds sterling]distraught, angry and upsetC[yen] after the C[pounds sterling]tenants from hellC[yen] left the property in an appalling condition, owing almost $1000 in rent.

Property owner Jirina Havel rented the 12E Bourbong St property privately to Seaason Lesley Violi and Todd Whitney, who had four children under the age of eight, for six months from February 5 for $285 per week.

Ms Havel's partner, Gary Maszlik, said he had arranged to inspect the property, which Ms Havel has owned since October, 2009, last Monday but when he arrived he found the door ajar with broken windows and rubbish strewn around the front garden.

C[pounds sterling]I called the police as there was no answer at the door and a terrible smell was coming from inside,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]I used to serve in the British army and I've seen some awful bloody things, but this is not a third-world country like Africa, this is Australia.

C[pounds sterling]You don't expect to see this Co I thought I'd retired from the army.C[yen]

Ms Havel said she was a single mother of two when she purchased the property.

C[pounds sterling]I only have a normal wage, what do I do now? If I don't pay my mortgage I will lose the house,C[yen] she said.

C[pounds sterling]Now we have to get on our hands and knees and clean up someone else's faeces.C[yen]

Mr Maszlik said the police told them they would have to keep the tenant's belongings for 30 days and said it was not a criminal matter.

C[pounds sterling]We aren't even covered for insurance,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]Jirini took out landlord's insurance with CGU and the assessor from Cunningham Lindsey said we weren't covered as it just Cyneeds a clean-up'.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]The only way we would have been covered was if it was malicious. …

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