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Costs for ending a fixed term tenancy

ERIN asks:

We are ending a fixed term tenancy in agreement with the landlord. We gave three months notice. She has an agent who will advertise the property and start bringing people in the next week or so. I know that we must pay reasonable costs to find new tenants but the landlord is asking one week's rent plus $330 which I think is for the advertising. I don't think she should be asking us for the week's rent. I think she is trying to recuperate the expenses she must pay in any case to the agent. What is reasonable in this situation?

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Addressing property damage

John asks:

I have a question on property damage: How long does a landlord have to file and seek costs after the fact (of the property damage? Also, do you still need another Tenancy ruling prior to taking civil action?


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Unauthorised bidet addition

Sam asks:

My tenants have added a hand spray bidet to the toilet without my authorisation. It is my understanding that under section 42 of the RTA this is not allowed with out my authorisation. My property manager has advised that the bidet would not fall under this category as it is considered an addition rather than a fixture. Is my property manager correct? And if the tenant has caused damage because of this addition who is liable to pay for that damage?


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