Tenants despair postDebbie, others happy
DISTRESSED renters say they’re feeling hard done by because their landlords and rental agencies have left them in damaged homes following Cyclone Debbie.
From ripped roofs to leaking walls, broken structures, windows and debris, residents from Mackay through to Bowen are claiming they aren’t being given any help, some not even a phone call to check whether they’re okay or their home still standing.
Proserpine tenant Courtney Cheshire claims she was told she “wasn’t a priority” for her real estate agency, despite them not having visited her property to assess the damage.
“We luckily still have our roof on but because of the cyclone there’s a big gap in our lounge room area and all the water has run through the ceiling,” Ms Cheshire said.
While some tenants claim to be having little to no luck getting help, others have had the complete opposite experience, with their rental agencies and landlords going above and beyond to assist them during this difficult time.
Cannonvale resident Angeline Darling said her secluded Woodwark property was left “absolutely trashed” after the cyclone, including total loss of the surrounding forest, a broken driveway and other extensive damage, and her agent had organised repairs within days of the storm.
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PROPERTY DAMAGE: Damaged roof tops in Airlie Beach following TC Debbie.