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What items must the landlord of a boarding house provide to the minimum six residents? Toilet tissue, light bulbs, smoke alarm batteries, dish washing liquid? What does the resident provide? I know about the main things, like furniture, but what about the little things?
I had a management agreement with a property manager which set out clearly that they were to attend Tenancy Tribunal hearings on my behalf and to manage any claims against bond money. At the termination of the last tenancy, the property manager clearly stated to me that all cleaning expenses incurred and damages to the property were the tenant’s responsibility and they would seek remedy from the tenant through the bond refund.
However, he failed to attend the Tenancy Tribunal hearing and failed to apply for a rehearing. The bond was fully released back to the tenant which was meant to cover all those expenses incurred. The Property Manager now holds me liable for the amount paid for cleaning and repairs by claiming that he acted on my behalf.
My question is whether I shall be liable for those expenses after the property manager failed to claim the bond on my behalf.
I own a four bedroom house. It’s a modern house laid out in a way which would allow me to continue to use the lounge, two bedrooms, a bathroom and kitchenette. This leaves two bedrooms, living room, ensuite and main kitchen available to generate income. I plan to install two doors which would separate the two parts giving myself and the other party/ies privacy. We’d share the power/water/internet spaces, but not the kitchen or other rooms.
What is the legal structure of this? Are the people who take the other part of the house my flatmates or boarders? Can I be the owner AND a tenant who signs the tenancy agreement with the other party as flatmates. Or should the other party be tenants with me as the landlord?
It’s possible that two separate singles/couples might take the bedrooms and share the lounge/kitchen I might travel and rent out my part of the house to another party - does this change things? BTW, the house is owned by the Family Trust that I set up in case that has a bearing on this