Perth landlord fined $10k for not lodging Bond

A PRIVATE landlord of a Perth property has been fined $10,000 for failing to lodge security bonds twice and not providing tenant with condition reports.


Christina Maria Cramphorn of Warnbro was convicted in her absence at Rockingham Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

The court heard Ms Cramphorn entered into two residential tenancy agreements in May 2018 and February 2019, receiving $3500 in security bonds for the Kingsbridge Road property.

Ms Cramphorn breached the Residential Tenancies Act by failing to lodge two security bonds with the bond administrator and failing to provide the tenants with prescribed information outlining their rights and responsibilities.

The court found she did not provide the tenants with property condition reports at the start and end of their residential tenancy agreements.

She was fined $10,000 and ordered to pay $557.50 in costs.

Magistrate Leanne Atkins noted that Ms Cramphorn was aware of her obligations as a private landlord from an education letter sent to her in 2017 by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.

Commissioner for Consumer Protection Lanie Chopping said the repeat breaches by a landlord who should know better were concerning.

"Failing to protect her tenant’s rights in the first instance is bad enough, but then to do it a second time makes the situation much more serious,” she said.

"Private landlords and real estate agents are duty-bound to lodge bond money with the bond administrator as soon as practicable or within 14 days, and failure to lodge them at all is inexcusable.

"Property condition reports must be provided within seven days of a tenant entering the property, as well as on their departure, to avoid arguments about how the condition of the property has changed during the tenancy.

"This conviction and penalty highlights how seriously all lessors must take their legal responsibilities when renting out properties.”

Source: https://www.communitynews.com.au/weekend-courier/news/warnbro-landlord-fined-10k-for-two-time-failure/

For more information about lodging rental bonds, here is our previous article: https://www.realrenta.com.au/blog/post/475

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Marlene Liontis
Monday, 9 March 2020

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