On Christmas Day, a landlord pitched a tent in their tenant’s garden and sent a message to the family explaining that she’s “the owner” so therefore has the right to do so.
For just two months Nicky and William, along with their three young children, had been living in their rented home in Yama, New South Wales, when the landlord informed them she would be setting up a camp in their backyard.
The landlord, Pascale Hubert, sent the couple a message which said: “Dear Nicky and William, I am the owner. As of tonight I will be occupying the rear yard.”
It was on Christmas Day that the landlord then sent up camp in the garden of the four-bedroom, two-bathroom house. She has now refused to leave.
Nicky said that their children have been left “terrified” since the landlord’s partner made an aggressive outburst.
The tenants decided to film a heated exchange with their landlord and her partner, as he ordered them to move their car so that he could get to the back of the house.
He said: “Listen here, s*** for brains, I’ve given you a warning, move that frigging car now, you are in big s***.”
According to reports, the landlord’s partner then dragged the family’s trampoline out of the garden and installed gates.
Nicky has been told by police officers that they are “powerless” to force the pair away from the property.
The mum told A Current Affair: “It’s day eleven of them living in the backyard. It’s completely bizarre to everybody we tell.
“Police and real estate don’t know what to do.
‘”Our children are terrified, they keep asking, ‘Who are they?’ and we can’t give them any answers.”
She added: “The police are telling us that the real estate should be physically removing these people and the real estate are saying they can’t do that.”
Pascale said that she is allowed to take over the tenant’s garden with her tepee tent as the rental contract doesn’t include the backyard.
Reportedly, the $560-a-week lease agreement states that the “Rear yard is not included”.
However, Leo Patterson Ross, chief executive of Tenants Union of NSW, said that what the landlord and her partner are doing could be classed as trespassing.
He explained: “It could be that the landlord is trespassing whenever they go across that driveway area because they are entering into a place that they’ve given someone else possession.
“At the end of the day while the lease says that the backyard isn’t included the landlord has to go down the driveway that the lease doesn’t talk about and what the lease also promises the tenant is reasonable peace, comfort and privacy in their home.”
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