A Melbourne-based landlord will face the Supreme Court today, following a series of tenant complaints that sparked an investigation by Consumer Affairs Victoria.
Consumer Affairs Victoria has filed an application in the Supreme Court of Victoria for an injunction against landlord Frank Cassar of Betta Housing Pty Ltd, and its director, Mrs Sandra Ann Cassar, preventing them from letting out and managing residential premises without the services of a licensed estate agent.
Mr and Mrs Cassar have been accused of a string of offences including, failure to correctly lodge bond deposits, refund outstanding deposit money and failing to properly inform tenants of their rights.
It is alleged that the Cassars and Betta Housing Pty Ltd own and manage the operation of up to 12 residential accommodation houses in Fitzroy, Clifton Hill and Carlton North.
This is the second time in as many years Consumer Affairs Victoria has taken action against the landlord.
In 2009, Mr Cassar was found guilty in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court of nine charges, including failing to lodge bonds and failing to comply with Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal orders.
He was convicted and fined $4,500. He was also ordered to pay court costs totalling $4,660, as well as compensation of $5,212 to former residents.