‘No grounds’ law used to evict 90-year-old
THE plight of a 90-year-old Logan man, being evicted from his rental property for "no grounds", has become the subject of a housing investigation.
John Rossiter, who started renting a unit at Ingenia Rentals on Chambers Flat Rd in February, was issued eviction papers on Monday after eight-and-a-half months complaining to management his stove did not work.
Housing Minister Mick de Brenni, who released preliminary findings from a community survey on rental tenancy laws today, stepped in and said he would look at Mr Rossiter's case.
Mr Rossiter said he believed he was issued with an eviction notice after he added complaints about his electricity bill, which he said "did not add up".
An eviction notice, known as a Form 12, along with a breach notice, a form 11, were left in his letterbox.
On-site management, who refused to comment on the matter, told Mr Rossiter the breach notice was issued because staff claimed he had been rude.
But the eviction notice gave no reason for forcing Mr Rossiter out by February.
Instead, it included a ticked box next to the words "no grounds".
"I've put up with not having the stove working and the electricity bill which did not add up but it was too much when sewerage pipes were broken outside my window," he said.
"I have been evicted and I will find somewhere else to live because I can't stay here - it's untenable.
"I still don't know what I have done wrong apart from ask for the stove and facilities to be fixed up."
Ingenia Rentals on-site manager Ian Thompson would not comment on why Mr Rossiter was evicted.
However, general manager village operations Corrie Milne said the decision to evict Mr Rossiter was not taken lightly and came after a lengthy period of and "several issues".
"We would like to support Mr Rossiter to find alternative appropriate accommodation and have attempted to contact him," Mr Milne said.
"Ingenia fully supports tenancy reforms and has made a submission to the Renting in Queensland Review Panel.
"We believe both the landlord and tenants should have rights under the legislation. We also believe that both staff and residents have the right to live and work in a safe environment and where this is at risk, landlords should have the right to issue a Without Grounds Notice or similar."
Mr de Brenni was speaking after releasing preliminary details of a nine-week survey into the state's tenancy laws which found 34 per cent of Queensland households were renting.
"This consultation has helped identify issues and potential solutions to give rental households real rental security while protecting property owners' investment," he said.
"If your home isn't sorted, its pretty difficult to think about anything else," he said.
Mr Rossiter took his case to Tenants Queensland and YFS at Logan Central who documented his story.
His eviction notice was served days before Tenants Queensland chief executive Penny Carr called for the state government to update the Residential Tenancies Act 2008.
Ms Carr said Queensland's rental laws were in desperate need of updating to get rid of the "no grounds" clauses.
"People are fearful to raise the issues they have the right to raise for fear they will be forced to move and the associated costs of moving," she said.
"A 'no grounds' eviction masks retaliatory or discriminatory reasons and means the person has to go and the landlord does not have to tell them why, which is unfair.".
"The fear of eviction is real and we need major reform to stop people being evicted without a reason."
Parliament will review the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 next year.