How to evict your tenant for not paying rent – Tip 7

Loss of rent and other compensation

If the tenant has not paid any rent since serving the eviction notice you are most likely down about 8 weeks rent in total.

So let’s get your money back!

When you get possession back of the property that’s when it’s time to claim the bond, rent, and any damages or cleaning to the property.

You can claim by making another application to tribunal but this time for ‘Compensation’.

You can apply online. Follow the steps from ‘Apply to tribunal’ and ‘Prepare for tribunal’ above.

You will need evidence of any damages or cleaning required (or done). For example the condition report, final condition report, photos, invoices or quotes from tradespeople, etc.

Note: You can’t claim on any cleaning you have personally done. If you want to claim for cleaning that has been done make sure you pay someone to do it so you have evidence of it – like an invoice.

You need to prove what you’re claiming essentially. Tribunal will not take your word for it.

If it’s just the bond money outstanding you can just get the tenant to sign the bond refund form and be done with it. But if they won’t return your calls you can apply to the tribunal (free). Tribunal will give you an order to claim the full bond back from the RTBA.

From this point onwards, if the tenant is not going to pay up, in my experience, it’s best to move on and focus on getting your property ready for the next tenant and rent it out ASAP. If you keep trying to suck money out where no money is – you’ll only lose more money.

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Jason Gwerder
Tuesday, 15 September 2020

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