A TENANT was outraged after his landlord charged him £275 for a tiny scratch on a dishwasher door.
The Melbourne, Australia renter took to social media to voice his grievances which have divided opinion online.
The Australian claimed the money had been taken from his deposit because of the minor paintwork damage to the machine.
The picture showed the size of a scratch, barely an inch long compared to his fingernail.
Alongside the picture, the man posted on Reddit: “The material of the door is a bit like dry plaster and the paint is smooth.
“The estate agent said it was difficult to repair and the repair team have asked for £816 to have the whole door replaced.”
His post sparked outrage, and many renters voiced their opinions.
“Yeah, that’s just typical wear and tear – nothing that should come out of your binding,” said one Facebook user.
“Call for your bail immediately if you haven’t already,” added one.
“Don’t accept their prices and if they already have a claim then challenge them, $500 for this chip is a joke,” noted a second.
“Fair play,” commented a third.
“Honestly where do they get off… my parents were charged £50 for once leaving two clothespins on the clothesline,” said another.
The tenant said he had posted a security deposit refund and was prepared to take the matter to court if not resolved.
According to Fair Trading NSW, the landlords were responsible for repairing and maintaining the property so that it was in reasonable condition considering the age of the property, the rent paid and the expected life of the property.
The government group also demanded that if a tenant thought a rent increase was excessive or a charge unfair, they could bring an application to the NSW Civil and Administrative Court.
Another landlord kicked out a tenant for using the central heating too much and leaving the lights on all the time.
An angry homeowner evicted a tenant for the most ridiculous reasons after they kept a tiny secret from her.
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