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Discussion in 'Business, Investment and Economics' started by VeryGreen, Apr 8, 2013.

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  1. VeryGreen

    VeryGreen

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    Hello everyone!

    I don't want to re-kindle the old property vs shares fire so please, no "you should have stayed away from property" posts. I'm actually just wanting to share an experience I am going through and if anyone has any ideas on avenu's I should explore then perhaps they could point me in the right direction.

    Basically, I have a house I live in and an investment property. It's helping me reduce my taxable income and as a result I am paying off my living quarters faster. I'm 32 years old and if I keep on my current path I will have it paid off before 40 so I am quite pleased with that.

    So since 2008 I have had a nice lady in the house, with 3 kids. The situation has been mutially benificial and we have both been happy since then. I have not increased the rent at all, and I don't do rental inspections. Rather, I just pop in when there is a maintanence request or what ever. She keeps the place really well and the gardens actually look better now than when she first moved in.

    Just recently in the last 10 months or so, its become painfully obvious that the neighboring house is owned by the housing department. We know this because they have moved in a nice family who have anounced their arival on the street by doing burn outs down the road, driving through a neighbors manicured front garden and fence, throwing beer bottles over the fence into my yard, lighting a fire on the boundry fence that required the fire brigade, shouting and fighting constantly, parties to all hours on week days, trying to gain access to the property while my tenant was home, intimidating her at her front door, and the last and final straw for my tenant.... telling her they were going to get a knife and cut up her pups (refering to her children). Being a single mother of 3, she has no way of defending herself and has made the decision not to sign the next lease.

    She is leaving on Saturday.

    So various complaints have been made by my tenant, myself, and the neighbors regading these incidents but in each case the housing department backs the tenants. Claiming that none of these are substantiated claims. Furthermore, my tenant spoke to the supervisor above the case worker who turned around and said "there is no way in the world we are moving these people out". I've emailed the housing department and offered to go into some form of mediation with their tenant and the case worker at both of their conviniences but have not had a reply.

    I am not sure where this leaves me, but I'm going to be out of pocket now. I won't be able to get as much rent as I could get for this property and the value of the house has been servearly impacted.

    So for anyone thinking of buying an investment property, jump on RPDATA and view the sales history of each house around your potential investment. Make sure that the housing department is not listed as the owner. As a matter of fact, I would check all of the houses in the street. They have the power to cost you a lot of money with one bad decision.
     
  2. Klogg

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    @VeryGreen - if you can't beat em, join em...

    See if the Office of Housing (area within the Dept of Human Services) is interested in leasing out your place too. They generally pay a little under market rate, but will replace all areas of the house that are damaged AND replace any kitchens/bathrooms every 7 years, regardless of their state.

    I know you weren't really looking for suggestions, but I couldn't help myself... :p:
     
  3. VeryGreen

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    Its not a bad suggestion :D

    I might enquire about it. I've already harrassed them quite a bit over the property. It might be the easiest way for them to get me to shut up :)
     
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    That's shocking to hear and thanks for sharing. There are risks to the property game that one doesn't necessarily think about.

    One suggestion is to move in their yourself for a couple of weeks and try to record these anti-social behaviour (while minding your own saftey of course). That way at least the housing department can no long use "unsubstantiated claims" as an excuse.

    I also like Klogg's idea but I think you might rather not have the house trashed.
     
  5. McLovin

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    If I'm to believe A Current Affair the only thing more dangerous than boat people stealing jobs and gypsies doing shoddy asphalting on pensioner's driveways are "tenants from hell".
     
  6. sptrawler

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    Check out if you local security company has any suggestions.:xyxthumbs
     
  7. qldfrog

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    you mean the ones with the leather jackets with skuls logos and big motorbikes?
    just asking, not suggesting, of cause...
     
  8. Izabarack

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    Aren't they living next door already?
     
  9. VeryGreen

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    All I can say is this.

    I'm 32 years old and have a duel trade under my belt. Electrical and instrumentation. Currently I am in a role which I beat 5 engineers for. There were 6 engineers and the job went to one, but he knocked it back to go work in the mines. I still beat 5 though which I am very proude of as I am not university educated. However, I've made it my thing to study electrical control systems and I was able to impress in my interview. It was the first interview I have ever had where they throw technical questions at you, and even P&ID drawings with errors.

    I've got over 10 years mining and heavy industrial experience and have worked bloody hard to get where I am. Part of that 10 years was a 4 year apprenticeship. I've got 5 year and 10 year plans in place but as I tell my wife, they are dynamic and moving targets which I never expect to get to because as life roles on I change my goals. They just give me an aim and a direction.

    I am also decendant from Gija (Kija) people of the east kimberly with marage ties to Bardi of broome area. I am a proud person who has always tried to take the negative comments about my people and use them to fuel my internal fire which has allowed me to take leaps and bounds in my chosen field. I've been out of my time for just over 2 years and in that time I've managed to gain respect as an electrical/instrumentation/control guru. I remember being told as an apprentice that perhaps I should think about becoming a fitter as the electrical trade has a lot of maths and engineering aspects that I might struggle with. This comment was followed by "We're just concerned that you'll do 2 years and then find its too hard for you and quit. We're just trying to help". Some might see that as a harmless comment, others will recognise the racial undertones of that one. I had only just met these guys... That fuel was enough to keep the fire burning for 4 years. I studied hard and was not only runner up BHP apprentice of the year 2 years in a row, I was also runner up challanger tafe apprentice of the year. I became the go to man and can think of many occasions where tradesmen with 20+ years experience have been working in a group to get something going, only to have the 3rd year apprentice point out what the issue was (after letting them fault find for half a shift).

    So what does this have to do with my disruptive neighbours?

    Some of my people lose control of that internal fire. Sometimes it consumes them and everything else in its path.
     
  10. ftw129

    ftw129 Sell crap and manage risk

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    VeryGreen,

    I took a long time last night thinking about your situation, in the hope of being able to come up with a helpful suggestion for you as I can't imagine how frustrating this must be. I truly feel for you mate.

    Apart from the suggestion above, which has a few implications in itself, all I can imagine I would do is to seek some good legal advice.

    I hope that helps and I wish you the best of luck with the outcome. Keep us posted so that others can learn from this aweful situation should it happen to them :xyxthumbs
     
  11. VeryGreen

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    Thanks ftw!

    I apreaciate the suggestion as well. After reading that post I was straight onto the housing departments web site to see if I could find anything about how to apply to rent your house out to them. It also got me thinking, what other organisations would want houses? Best I could come up with was the immergration department. I think they run a programe where those that have been granted stay in Australia are put into a temporary house and helped for a bit until they get use to the Aussie way. All I could find though was some village they had created that was suburb like... but it was still a form of detention. I was hoping to find some kind of half way house arangement.

    I might even contact the lady I was lodging complaints with and ask her if she wants to rent my house, this time though I will mean it... I did ask her out of sarcasm if she wanted to move into it when my tennant vacated, probably didnt help the cause.

    ***Edited grammar error... I wont make a habbit of it though or I'll be here 24/7
     
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    Time to sell and buy the neighbours a slab on inspection day to keep things nice
     
  13. VeryGreen

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    I don't think adding fuel to the fire would be wise. It might all be gone by 10am.
     
  14. cutz

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    Unfortunately VGreen no easy solutions here mate, you probably don't want to sell for obvious reasons so you are left with no other choice but to find a new tenant, or perhaps even moving in yourself and renting out the joint you're currently living in, obviously this will affect CGT arrangements in the event of a sale and whatever gearing arrangements you now have in place, best to get professional advice.

    BTW. What are P&ID drawings ?
     
  15. CanOz

    CanOz Home runs feel good, but base hits pay bills!

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    P&ID = Piping and Instrumentation Drawings
     
  16. cutz

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    Gotcha CanOz,

    I know drawings but never heard of that acronym.
     
  17. CanOz

    CanOz Home runs feel good, but base hits pay bills!

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    If you can program, as i assume Green can, you're worth your weight in gold.
     
  18. FlyingFox

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    General computer programming? Why is that?
     
  19. VeryGreen

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    Yeah, the place I live in is a bit of a hole. It's 50+ years old and there is white ant damage in the floor boards. Roof leaks... holes in the roof. The other place is a gem. I kind of figured it was a good idea to stay in the hole, rent out the other one.

    This place... I had plans to knock it down and build a huge place to live in. I invisioned staying here for quite some time. Plans change though. The block is 905sqm and is subdividable into two. I've heard of some rumours about them rezoning it again but not sure if that would allow me a 3rd one... would be pretty bloody small units. Doing the math, with what I owe currently and my repayments, if I was to cut into 3 and build units at $190k each (expensive units) I would only need rent of $300pw to cover all repayments including what I currently owe. I figure I can build for way less than 190 and get a bit more than $300 but I was trying to give myself somewhere between worse case, and about right.

    Sorry for bringing property investing into a shares forum. :) I really am here to learn about shares, wanting to diversify myself a little. Maybe if I can split into two or three I can sell one and use money to invest in shares once I know a little bit about it.

    The block is nicely located, >$20 cab fair to the airport. about 10 houses down the street and across the road is a brand new shopping center with a nice tavern, butcher, coles, hair dressers, news agency, bendigo bank, chicken treat, maccas, bottlo, TAB, post office yada yada yada. I think some new units in this local would be easy to fill.

    P&ID = Piping and instrument diagram. Sometimes PID is used in terms of Proportional Intergral and Derivitive and is represented in a diagram too to show control loops etc.
     
  20. VeryGreen

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    haha I had a reply half typed then went had a shower etc...

    I finished it off and pressed post and you guys already had it covered.

    Not real programing. Just PLC's Scada RTU's etc. Anyone with half a brain can teach themselves that. Real programming though, I have respect for those guys. I've never had enought time to sit down and learn anything substantial like C. Although I am wanting to teach myself asm at some point, just to program pic controllers for a few side projects I've got in mind.
     
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