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Property owner receives $2,000 fine

Aug 2015

A property owner has been fined $2,000 plus court costs after he failed to lodge rental bonds with the RTA.

The property owner who rents rooms to students in Kelvin Grove, pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on 18 June, to 2 charges of failing to lodge bonds with the RTA.

The Kelvin Grove resident who represented himself at the hearing, had taken 2 bonds, each to the value of 4 weeks rent, and failed to lodge them with the RTA.

In determining the fine, Magistrate Noel Nunan said there were "issues of general deterrence that come into play".

He also said having the RTA as independent arbitrator of tenancy matters was "a very good system".

"... it’s been working well for a long period of time, and it’s essential that landlords who take bonds lodge them with the authority."

Mr Nunan said he accepted the owner had financial problems and did not record a conviction.

He was fined $2,000 and ordered to pay costs of $86.80.

RTA CEO Darren Barlow said the case highlighted the importance of lodging bonds within the correct timeframe.

"Property owners and agents must lodge payments within 10 days using a Bond lodgement (Form 2)", he said.