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Tenant with 5 cars

Discussion in 'Property Management' started by Jess Peletier, 17th Jul, 2015.

  1. Jess Peletier

    Jess Peletier Mortgage Broker - Australia Wide Business Member

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    Hi all, just hoping to get a response to see if I'm being paranoid :)

    We've just finished a new house and have an application for a tenant at a really great price. However, they have 5 cars and there's only garaging for 2 meaning there will be 3 cars in the driveway at a minimum.

    I don't love the idea as the house is 'premium' and I think it'll make it look like a bogan drug house. However hubby thinks I'm being too emotional and to take the money.

    Thoughts?
     
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  2. mini2

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    If it's not couple of Falcodores in various state of disrepair or being stripped down then it won't achieve that bogan drug den's look :p
     
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  3. D.T.

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    Whats the size of the house?
    Does the number of applicants match that?
    You aren't legally allowed to discriminate remember - you should really only judge on their ability to pay and ability to keep place well (as determined by application and background checks).

    Though I imagine if it's a house of 4 or more bedrooms, then perhaps they have adult children with their own. It's possible they be around much longer, anyways :)
     
  4. Jess Peletier

    Jess Peletier Mortgage Broker - Australia Wide Business Member

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    They do have a kid with a car ,but Hubby has a car hobby apparently. If they are in varying stages of disrepair, I imagine those will be hidden in the garage anyways - they're not going to want to move them every time they want to get out.
     
  5. Pistonbroke

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    Have a clause restricting parking to the garage and driveway and prohibit parking on the grass.
     
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  6. D.T.

    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    Car hobby is okay.
    But if using the premise as commercial venture, or disturbing neighborhood with engines / powertools at wrong hours, then that's a different story.
     
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    Now this remind me of Upper Middle Bogan tv series :confused:
    As above, if you're worried I guess can add special clause for driveway use etc
     
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    I doubt a clause like that would be valid.
     
  9. Magnet

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    My concern would be the grass. We often drive past a house we used to rent as tenants. The new tenants park their cars all over the lawn which is now trashed. Makes us feel bad for the owners being investors ourselves. I guess if they wreck the lawn then you take their bond.
     
  10. Jess Peletier

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    The good thing is there's not going to be lawn that can be parked on - is a slopy site and we're mulching the only part they could park on.
     
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    And the garage floor. Get the REA to take crapload of pics...dropped used oil is PITA to remove and clean.
     
  12. Magnet

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    Put some carpet offcuts in the garage to catch oil. Take the good rent if there's no grass to wreck & they come with a good record/rental references!
     
  13. Perp

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    Pretty sure as vegetation, you can't do anything about a wrecked lawn. :(
     
  14. Be Developer

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    @Jess Peletier

    if they are prepare to pay asking rent and everything else is okay, i wouldn't worry about number of cars.

    They will have to make good of any damage to property anyway!
     
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    Don't make the assumption that the cars will be parked out of sight in the garage. One of my neighbors has his two partly constructed cars on the lawn and they use the garage for their everyday cars.
     
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    I agree.
     
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    Each of my family members has our own car, so when we're all at home, the place looks full of cars. In our situation, it's okay as we have a large driveway and a double garage, but you're prospective tenant has a car hobby... Curious, was it the PM that alerted you to the fact they had 5 cars or did they notify the PM? If they told the PM about having 5 cars, then at least they're being upfront and honest about it.
     
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  18. Westminster

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    +1 on this. Go carpet shop dumpster diving. Because no matter if the tenant is liable for the stains, it's a pain in the **** to get off. Get some garage floor paint too.
     
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    BTW I have a tenant with 3 cars and they park one on the street but there isn't much street parking and it has caused neighbour angst as they all battle for the spots. Hopefully your IP has good street parking if they need it
     
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  20. rhinsor

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    I wouldn't have a problem, I owned three cars at one point and never made a mess.
    I person with 1 or 2 cars could make the same mess.