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Sex offender on parole staying at one of my properties

Discussion in 'Property Management' started by spludgey, 8th Oct, 2015.

  1. spludgey

    spludgey Well-Known Member

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    I've got a pair of semis that are rented out and yesterday I've had a call from one of my PMs telling me that one of my tenants hasn't been staying in her semi, but has been staying with her mother instead.

    The reason for this is that apparently in the other semi, has the brother of the other tenant staying in it from 9am to 9pm every day and he is a repeat violent sex offender and currently is on parole with an ankle bracelet.

    My PM is of the understanding that there's not much that I can do as it would be against the anti-discrimination act to say that he can't 'visit' during the day.

    Apparently he has been making the young female tenant feel very uncomfortable and has just been staring at her whenever she goes into or out of her home.

    Is there anything I can do? The "good" tenant's lease is running out in a month's time, so if I don't sort this out by then, I don't think she'll renew. The "bad" tenant has a bit left on her lease.
     
  2. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    Let the neighbours know that there's a sex offender staying there - they'll soon make it too uncomfortable for him and they'll move on.
     
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  3. SeafordSunshine

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    Ask her to keep a diary of the 'staring events'. for example.
    10am 'tried to go out he stood at the front porch and gesticulated at me'
    I am sure you/she can make a complaint to the local constabulary.
    I am pretty sure it is called harassment and is certainly not acceptable.
    I hope this helps
     
  4. Terry_w

    Terry_w Solicitor, Finance Broker, CTA Business Member

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    Unfortunately criminals must live somewhere - if not at your place then somewhere else.
     
  5. Elives

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    evict the tenant that has the sex offender living there after the lease runs out?. i would think the female would most likely be looking to leave soon / and might have problems with next tenants?
     
  6. D.T.

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    On what grounds? How long would it take?
     
  7. Magnet

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    If he is only there from 9am-9pm then he has told either parole, the cops or both that he is living there and they are only checking on him during those hours thinking he's living there. I'd go and see the cops (or PM sees them) with your good tenant and report his behaviour and the fact he is 'visiting' not living there, if that is the case. They may be able to do something. Best case scenario is he gets locked up for breaching his parole or bail. Worst case is the good tenant can see you are trying to address the problem.
     
  8. spludgey

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    A possibility, but that's going to cause issues as well. Plus I don't know whether I'm allowed to do this and how I would go about it.

    He's just staring, but obviously because of his repeat offences, she's justifiably scared.


    I have very little sympathy for repeat violent sex offenders. His staring also seems to indicate that he hasn't turned his life around and will be a law abiding citizen from now on.
     
  9. SeafordSunshine

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    Dear Spludgey,
    'just staring ' is actually harassment.
    I hope this helps,
     
  10. SeafordSunshine

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    Dear Spludgey,
    Australian Human Rights Commission says its sexual harassment.
    I hope this helps,

    [​IMG]

    Sexual harassment may include:

    • staring or leering
    • unnecessary familiarity, such as deliberately brushing up against you or unwelcome touching
     
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    Staring can also not be sexual harassment though
     
  12. Sam Yue

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    OMG :eek:
    Thank you for sharing, Spludgey. I learned from your lesson. Not buying semi on a bad suburbs. And thinking over the advices of locals.

    However, can the landlord insurance help you out?
     
  13. dabbler

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    I would think he could be prevented from disrupting you r other tenants, the one with the lease is responsible for whom he has over.
     
  14. herenow

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    Sorry, but I think your 'good' tenant is as good as gone. Or I would be if that was me, even if you did manage to do something about the brother visiting. Not worth the personal risk, especially if she has other options. Which you've stated she does. Probably should start advertising for a new tenant, and ideally put some guys in there.
     
  15. S.T

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    What state is the property in?
     
  16. spludgey

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    I think so too. :(

    QLD
     
  17. Biz

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    Thought this was a TMNT thread for a second there. :p
     
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    If you really want to hang on to her perhaps offer reduced or free rent whilst she stays at her mum's, until you can sort it out
     
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  19. D.T.

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    My thoughts

    - Do you know if the guy next door is actually a criminal at all; its not just the 'good' tenant being paranoid or something?
    - Most people with ankle bracelets can't move around without escort, so maybe he's breaching his parole which can be reported
    - If he's actually living there, you can probably breach tenant for having people unnamed on the lease (varies per state).
    - Does the parole conditions prevent living in proximity to others (certain genders, ages, etc) as this might be a breach of parole to report.
     
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  20. Waldo

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    I'd personally let the good tenant break lease if she wants to. Even if the brother stops visiting, is she going to feel secure living there with an upset relative next door (because you dobbed her in?).

    Step 2 could consist of renting the now vacant side to a bunch of bikies.....