We received a summons to the Magistrates Court yesterday, hearing scheduled for 13th February, from the landlord over the bond issue. We have a few problems with this:
1. The actual hearing is invalid and should not have been accepted by the court. The landlord had ten working days from the day we vacated the property to lodge his application and he lodged it thirteen working days after we left. He was informed at least twice of the ten day time limit, and still insisted on lodging it.
2. Being that we now live nine hours away from the law courts, we can request a telephone hearing. No guarantees that we will get it. Plus I will need to either have someone in the court to take in photo’s etc or work out some other way to get them there. Then again, it would cost us less to drive down and argue it than just to pay it!
3. The landlord is asking for $586 to replace some of the blinds (that’s total replacement, not just the bent fins), replace the roses that blew over in the storms (Um, yeah sure, we’re responsible for the weather…) and for scrubbing the brickwork that two property managers both said was fine.
And just to top this week off, we have an inspection sometime next week from our current landlords! I did have the opportunity to delay that for a few weeks or months if I wished, I chose not to as I’d rather get it over with! I’m just not feeling too keen on any landlords right at the moment.