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maiseyk View Drop Down
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    Posted: 20/March/2017 at 16:53
Hello I hope someone can steer me in the right direction. I am new to renting out property, I have had a tenant in my house for about 6 weeks we have no lease. she has begun damaging the property and I have asked her to move out but she won't, don't know what to do

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  Quote MWilder Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23/March/2017 at 08:35
This is very tricky.

I would suggest contacting a group like South Australian Civil Administration Tribunal (SACAT), if you were in the south, but as far as I am aware there would need to be a lease in order to show what part of the lease the tenant is breaking.

Maybe you can just call the police. As there was no lease, they may have no legal right to be there.

If you have collected rent or deposits for them, that might get a little tricky. Not sure if you can be held liable for anything.

Those are just my thoughts from similar experiences. Hopefully, there is someone more familiar with the law.

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  Quote citizen-joe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23/March/2017 at 23:28
Why on earth did you let them into the house before the lease was signed? What's the full story. If we are given the details we may be able to properly answer your question.

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  Quote MWilder Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04/April/2017 at 02:27
Originally posted by citizen-joe

Why on earth did you let them into the house before the lease was signed? What's the full story. If we are given the details we may be able to properly answer your question.


Regardless of the full story, without a lease, what recourse could she theoretically have?

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