Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

$800Pw Schoolies A[euro][approximately]slum Landlord' Caught Out

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

$800Pw Schoolies A[euro][approximately]slum Landlord' Caught Out

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BYRON'S alleged schoolies slum landlord Shai Major was supposed to appear at Byron Local Court yesterday.

Instead he told the court he was working in Brisbane, only to be found a short time later at the Jonson St property that was shut down by council staff last Friday.

Mr Major, who is charged with adevelopment without development consenta for renting the property and then allegedly charging eight schoolies and 10 backpackers up to $800 a week each to sleep on mattresses on the garage floor, pleaded not guilty in a letter to the court and informed the magistrate he couldn't appear as he had to work in Brisbane.

This was accepted by the court, but when council staff went to the property to serve another inspection notice they found Mr Major there and promptly reported it to the court, Byron's governance officer Ralph James said.

aWe wanted to put it on the record that we were aware Mr Major was not in Brisbane but was in fact in Byron Bay at 11am,a Mr James said. …

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