Hi, I have a friend who self manage. He got a tenant that he is going to evict soon due to constant late rent (around $1600). The tenants have high electricity bills - $2400 per year. When they sensed that my friend is going to evict them, they said that they are going to tell the tribunal that the electricity box is faulty (and contributed to the high electricity bill) in the hope that the tribunal will ask my friend to compensate them with $6000 (2.5 years x $2400/year = $6000). The tenants said that once the tribunal made that decision - my friend needs to compensate them with $6000 1. they will not have rent-in-arrears ($1600 - $6000 = -$4400) 2. they will get $4400 from my friend 3. they will be allowed to stay What a wishful thinking!! By faulty electricity box, it means that the oven line with 20A fuse connecting to granny flat tripped over when the electricity usage was high at the granny flat. In my opinion, the followings should the real contributors to their high electricity bills: 1. Too many people living in the house Tenant never admitted it but neighbours can prove that most of the time there are 10+ people living in the house. The tenancy agreement is only for 5. 2. Since there are 10+ people living there, there will be more showers per day. Electricity hotwater system is used, hence higher electricity usage 3. The swimming pool turned green many time (neighbours saw it) and they turned the pump/filter/chlorinator on during the day, using peak hour power 4. The tenant broke the 2 windows in the living room. The airconditioner in the living room will need higher/more power to maintain the coolness of the living room. 5. Since there are 10+ people living in the house, their clothes need to be dried with clothes dryer. Hence higher usage of electricity. 6. Tenants leave the light on all night (neighbours saw it) It seems to me that this tenant got so many issues and still try hard to fight back in the tribunal. Tenant's issues: 1. exceeding agreed number of tenants. 2. broken windows are not repaired for a long time 3. not taking care of pool 4. constant late rent (around $1600 now) What are your thoughts? Thanks in advance.