Melbourne tenant divides internet after charged $120 real estate fee for wall marks

Furious tenants receive huge bill from landlord after final inspection of two-year lease: ‘Rip off’

  • The fee charged to the tenant to move out by estate agents after leaving damage to the wall
  • It took to Reddit to question whether the $120 charge was a rip-off, which sparked a debate
  • Many say the fee is reasonable, others believe it should be old and shabby

A tenant’s outrage at being charged by a real estate agent to remove graffiti from a wall has divided the internet.

A Melbourne tenant is furious over a $120 damage bill after moving out of a two-year lease.

They took to Reddit this week for the opinions of other employers.

‘He just came out, and the agent asked for $120 to fix the gas. Chuta?’ they posted a photo of the damage to the wall in the living area.

The employer admitted that they caused damage to the wall.

Others argued that the landlord should have paid for the damage as it was ‘structural erosion’ which tenants are not required to pay for under tenancy laws.

But many others jumped to the landlord’s defense and insisted that $120 was too much.

‘Plaster needs to be patched and painted, almost the whole wall so it doesn’t look plastered,’ wrote another.

Another added: ‘Paying an artist to do that and traveling to and from another job. $120 won’t come close. I hope the estate agent has someone to do that.’

Some suggested that the rent should be lowered a bit.

‘I want to know why you think this is dishonest, it’s really just the cost of living in a country with a minimum living wage, another sent.

Others suggested that the tenant could easily repair the damage themselves.

‘A bit of toothpaste and a spatula will take care of the scratches (but proper Polyfilla costs like $6 a jar). Then you just need a touch up paint to seal it. A 15-minute touch,’ wrote the lifelong renter.

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Another added: ‘It’s easy to do it yourself if you want to save money. Skimcoat, sand and paint.’

A third wrote: ‘Why don’t you just fill them in before they see you?’

A tenant's post about being charged $120 prompted mixed response online

A tenant’s post about being charged $120 prompted mixed response online

Many believed that $120 to repair the wall was reasonable, given the extensive process

Many believed that $120 to repair the wall was reasonable, given the extensive process

Some people said it would have been cheaper and easier for the tenant to repair the wall

Some people said it would have been cheaper and easier for the tenant to repair the wall

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Was the $120 charge for wall damage fair?

  • No, normal wear and tear should be considered 90 votes
  • Yes, $120 is reasonable 194 votes
  • The tenant must have the damage repaired 111 votes

Some argued that the damage should have been considered normal wear and tear.

“I may have been told the wrong thing but the previous agent told us that something like this would be sad after five or more years of painting,” wrote another.

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Another added: ‘If the whole place is good and the person has at least 12 months signed on to the lease it’s fair ageing.’

The Reddit author later thanked everyone for their input and announced that they would pay the $120 bill.

‘As someone who has no knowledge of maintenance services, the cost of $120 surprised the little gas, not knowing the cost of the equipment and the amount of work required,’ they said.

Some argue that the property manager should have treated the damage as normal wear and tear (stock photo by estate agent and tenants)

Some argue that the property manager should have treated the damage as normal wear and tear (stock photo by estate agent and tenants)

DIY MEN’S INJURY GUIDE

1. Buy a cheap tub/tube ready to use the cleaner.

2. Clean, remove broken paint/board.

3. Fine grit sand paper. Just get a cheap pack with different grits.

4.Clean the hole, fill with putty and measure. Let it dry. Extend/compile it.

5. Paint the same color as the rest of the wall.

Source: Reddit

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