Description of the government
Lack of any transparency, accountability, mistruths [allegedly, deliberately lying], bullying, policy-free zone, ideology driven, science denying, climate denying, bully the poor, give handouts to the wealthy, toxic behavior, totally and miserably stuffed up the vaccine roll out, have a born-to-rule attitude to anything that is challenged, nothing but divisive, trash reputations of people under parliamentary protection, have absolutely no vision of the future of Australia.
The treatment of women, both inside of and outside of Parliament has been abhorrent, attitude towards particular states, particularly Victoria and Western Australia during the pandemic, was rewarded in spades with an annihilation of the Liberal party in the recent West Australian State election, no criticism whatsoever of Gladys and her boyfriend's alleged fraudulent behavior.
In fact you would have thought that she was a cabinet member of the Morrison Government, given what she had to say and the advice she was giving other states, along with the Victorian based Federal Treasurer, and now Morrison wants the states to dig him out of a giant sink hole with the roll out of the vaccine.
Given the above, Scott Morrison has proven to be nothing more than a man with a million slogans, totally incapable of running our country and should resign.
Ken Price, Eaglehawk
Cost of property management
We have entered a testing phase in the residential tenancies industry with the new complexities of the Residential Tenancies Act 2020 and its Regulations.
The challenging changes will add considerably to the property manager's workload. The number of worrying 'trip-risk' situations for agencies has increased considerably, for example,; the very short time limits to complete various tasks, the difficult tenancy finalisation requirements.
The rental management responsibilities have soared. Yes, maybe more staff with specialist administration skills may help?
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The property managers may not be able to cope with the interfacing of their legal tasks and responsibilities with their important practical duties. The mental stress could be a big issue.
There is risk of making expensive mistakes which will hurt the landlord and the estate agent alike.
Don't be surprised if your agent requests an increase in their commission and other fees. Perhaps increases of half a percent or even more. Also, agencies should not be subsiding some landlords' expenses with any discounted commission/or fees. It needs to be paid to solve this dilemma?
Landlord's duties will directly cost more too. New compliance costs and maintenance will hurt. The option of self-managing properties could be virtually impractical.
The duties of managing rental arrears will require highly trained skills and knowledge. VCAT is not a place to practise with income and assets at risk. Private landlords will be battling in a losing fight and will need an agent now.
You could think landlords are worried; but estate agents are more worried. A very tough job has become much tougher. Tenants are having a rougher time too.
Hunter Gill, Bendigo
This week's letter of the week winner is Angela Morrissey from Eaglehawk, for her letter published on Wednesday, April 14.
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