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Discussion in 'Property Management' started by Oshawott, 13th Nov, 2015.

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  1. Oshawott

    Oshawott Well-Known Member

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    Hi,

    Just needed to get some advice.
    New tenants just moved in couple weeks ago -drove past the property and saw they hung up banners along the front of property (hung on tree one end to gutter other end)

    When i asked PM to find out what those things are, tenants got angry and defensive and told him they were prayer flags. (very colorful and obvious from street)

    Just wanted to see if they are within their rights to put thosr banners in front (reason i asked is before when I was renting, there were so many things we are not allowed to do)

    Can we ask them to take it down? They did threathen to leave if the banners were taken down, but just want to know, legally what is allowed and what is not.

    Thanks. The property is in WA btw.
     
  2. Nick Valsamis

    Nick Valsamis Well-Known Member

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    You may need to check the lease agreement if there is anything related to that. Otherwise it's best to leave it in order to keep the tenants happy.
     
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  3. D.T.

    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    Do you have a photo?
    Is it a strata / body corporate property?
    Is it affecting / damaging the property?

    They probably aren't doing anything wrong based on your description, I'd leave it to keep them there.

    At the end of lease, they'll need to take it down and repair any of the places where it's joined onto gutter if needed.
     
  4. womble66

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    Unfortunately "Tenants have a right to quiet enjoyment and reasonable peace, comfort and privacy of the property (Residential Tenancies Act WA (1987), section 44)".

    All you can do is have the issue acknowledged by your PM and ensure that the attachment point to the house is monitored to ensure no damage is occurring or has occurred when they vacate.

    There are many faiths that display similar flags so no real harm being done.
     
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    Nepalese prayer flags are very common. I rent and hang some I got in Kathmandu on my terrace. I think they have every right to put them up.
     
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    Marg4000 Well-Known Member

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    If they are not damaging anything then they are well within their rights. What objection do you have to them?
    Marg
     
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    When they stop paying rent you can go there and pray for them to start paying again
     
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    I don't see an issue as long as they didn't damage anything putting them up.
     
  9. Xenia

    Xenia Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    They need to make good any damage done to the property as a result of having them up there - do this at the end of the lease unless it has caused damage that will get worse with time.

    Unless there is damage to property, you can't ask them to take them down.

    Be careful you do not get caught out with quite enjoyment or discrimination laws as fines can apply.
     
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  10. Oshawott

    Oshawott Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the responses.

    Initially didn't know what they were. Anyway the only concern was the way they hung it, kinda sloppy (tied to tree near footpath then across the whole front to the corner gutter), i did tell pm don't need to take it down, but would be nice if they hang it a bit better.

    From what pm told, when he asked what they were, they went off at him. Of course i don't know what he said exactly.

    Thanks again for the replies.
     
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  11. JacM

    JacM VIC Buyer's Agent Business Member

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    Can't say I would worry about Nepalese prayer flags. Not sure why the tenants would go off about being asked about what they are though.

    I once saw the scene in the pic below. Apparently the tenants were annoyed about no hot water. Probably because they didn't pay their own gas/electricity bill but whatever. No idea who the property managers were so I rang council. They knew about it and were rightfully annoyed as their hands were tied. Tenants rights and all that. You know, right to not pay rent, to damage the property, to let people not named in the lease to live on site in tents, and still expect the services to be maintained by the landlords. I politely suggested to council they contact VicRoads and/or the police and report it as a traffic hazard, since the road had an 80km/hr speedlimit and everyone was looking at it while driving at 80km/hr. Dangerous. Council loved the idea and were onto it in a flash. Funnily enough, the problem went away.

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  12. legallyblonde

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    If they aren't damaging anything it is all good.

    P.S. @JacM That is hilarious!
     
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  13. D.T.

    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    Spill the beans on what area that was, @JacM ?

    Good alternative solution :)
     
  14. JacM

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