'Feral' tenant to strike back
ONE of the tenants targeted this week for the condition in which she left a rented house when she moved out has hit back at her landlady.
The owner of the house in Curtis Street, Carmel Vonhoff, said after the tenants moved out she found holes in the walls, a broken window and a stovetop that was covered in grease.
She also said the tenants still owed her rent.
But Lorinda Williams, who lived in the house for 18 months with her partner and five children before moving out last week, said little of the damage was their fault.
“The house has been in that condition for at least three years,” she said.
“My mother-in-law moved in there three years ago and, when she moved out 18 months ago, we moved in.”
She admitted they had stopped paying rent about two months ago, but said they believed it was their right not to pay the rent until the faults with the house were fixed.
“There was a bit of damage caused by us, we admit that,” she said.
“One hole in the wall happened when my partner was going through bad times and he punched the wall.
“The window was broken by accident.”
She also admitted they had not cleaned the stovetop before they left, but she said the oven had never worked.
“We moved in because we were desperate and it was cheap,” she said.
But she said the house was infested with termites and the roof and walls leaked whenever it rained.
“We had nowhere to go, it was the easiest solution for us,” she said.
Ms Williams has contacted Bundaberg Regional Council and plans to lodge a complaint about the condition of the house on Monday.
Ms Vonhoff could not be contacted for comment yesterday.