Ten­ants despair postDeb­bie, oth­ers happy

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Tara Cas­sidy

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

NE­GO­TI­A­TIONS: Wyn­d­ham re­jects claims the US group has pur­chased Peppers Air­lie Beach for $20 mil­lion.

PHOTO: SHARON SMALL­WOOD

PROP­ERTY DAM­AGE: Dam­aged roof tops in Air­lie Beach fol­low­ing TC Deb­bie.

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