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Baden-Clay’s Brisbane house scares away renters

22 July 2014 Staff Reporter

The notorious house rented by convicted murderer Gerard Baden-Clay and his family is set to become part of a childcare centre extension after no one came forward to rent the property.  

The Brookfield four-bedroom home was rented by the Baden-Clay family for six years.

It was listed for rent for $460 by Harcourts in Kenmore in August last year as a “must inspect” listing, but it remained empty.

Mr Baden-Clay, a former real estate principal, was arrested in June 2012, two months after he reported his wife missing.

Its owners, who own a childcare centre next door, have since turned the house into a caretakers’ residence.

Outraged members of the public called the real estate agency, saying it was disrespectful to offer the home for rent, as reported by The Courier Mail.

Real estate ethics expert Neil Jenman told The Courier Mail the house would have lost 10-15 per cent of its resale value and up to 20 per cent of its rental value because of the publicity around Allison Baden-Clay’s murder.

He said real estate agents were ethically and legally required to tell buyers about the history of the house.

“Everything has a price depending on what has happened to it,” he said.

“If that house stays there it will affect that house for the next 35-40 years. The other thing that makes the Baden-Clay thing a little worse is nobody knows what happened to Allison in the house. The fact nobody knows where the murder has happened really spooks people,” he added. 

Baden-Clay’s Brisbane house scares away renters
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