Stop feral tenants, give landlords protection.

Stop feral tenants, give landlords protection.

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pollie watch victoria started this petition to Ali cupper member for mildura

We have no real laws protecting landlords property against feral tenants who smash the up the investments of mum and dad investors. currently it is not a criminal offence, but rather a summery offence. it costs the property owner thousands in legal costs to persue legal action in a civil case, and the reality is you can't get blood from a stone even if you win.

This issue directly affects the poorest in the community by making rental prices higher, with fewer ppl competing for your rental dollar as investors either pull out of the market, or increase rents to recoup the costs of repairs.

this also lowers the demand for builders, as existing homes are bought by the ever growing population instead of building new dwellings causing reductions in housing numbers which again increases rental prices and both of these problems trickle down to impact the retail sector and other industries without those dollars the building industry injects into the economy.

This problem affects everyone, renters, owners and tradies. 

what i propose is that the laws need to be changed to a simple rule:

If the tenant causes up to $500 damage more than the bond in place will cover, excluding genuine wear and tear, (e.g. worn carpet in the entrance is normal) then it must be treated as a criminal matter, malicious damage, with up to ten years imprisonment and the trial judge have the ability to award costs to the property owner.

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