A nightmare landlord set up camp in a tenant’s garden before texting angry residents with the words “I am the owner.”
The couple, who lived at home with their three children for two months, said their Christmas party had been ruined after the “traumatic” experience.
They said “nobody can help” after the landlady Pascale Hubert and her partner pitched a tent in the garden on Christmas night and refused to leave. Current affair reported.
Tenants Nicky and William had lived in the rented house in Yamba, New South Wales, Australia.
The couple lost their jobs due to Covid-19, but when Nicky found work in a hospital on the north coast of New South Wales, they signed a $ 560 per week lease.
Nicky said she received a shock text from her landlord for Christmas after living in the house for two months.
She said: “Our children are scared, they keep asking, ‘Who are they?’ and we can’t give them any answers.
“The text message said, ‘Dear Nicky and William, I am the owner’ … there were no names, no introductions, that sort of thing and it was just ‘I’ll be occupying the backyard from tonight’.”
The tenants returned home to find that their landlady and partner had pitched a tent at the back of the property.
They got into a violent exchange between the landlord’s partner who said, “Listen here, s *** for brains, I warned you, move the damn car now, you are in big s ***. ‘
The landlord’s husband also pulled a trampoline out of the garden and installed gate reinforcements.
William said of the ordeal, “I noticed that they have a bucket, made poos and wees in the bucket.
“It’s disgusting. I just want to know where they empty it. You have to empty it somewhere, don’t you?”
The tenants also said that the local police and property authorities “do not know what to do”.
Nicky added, “We can’t contact the council about Christmas, but it’s day 11 they live in the back yard.
“When I questioned the properties, she said, ‘The owners don’t live here’. They only wanted to access the shed for storage but would adequately communicate this.
“Regardless of whether they have access to the back shed, they must give us at least seven days’ notice to gain access to the property – let alone camp in it.
“The police are telling us that the properties should physically remove these people and the properties say they cannot.”
According to reports, the property’s back yard is not included in the lease rented through First National Yamba.
Landlord Pascale further suggested that they should stay there and said: “At the end of April we will not take any more tenants and only start building.”