Landlord pitches TENT in tenant's garden and starts living there after sending text saying she's 'the owner'
A LANDLORD pitched a tent in her tenant's garden on Christmas Day and started living there after sending a text to the family saying she's "the owner".
Nicky and William had been living in the rented home in Yamba, New South Wales, with their three young children for two months when Pascale Hubert told them she would be setting up camp in the backyard.
"Dear Nicky and William, I am the owner. As of tonight I will be occupying the rear yard," Pascale texted the couple.
Pascale and her partner moved into the garden of the four-bedroom, two-bathroom house on Christmas Day and refused to leave.
Nicky said the young children have been left "terrified" after an aggressive outburst from the landlord's partner.
The tenants filmed the heated exchange after the man ordered them to move their car so he could get to the back of the house.
"Listen here, s*** for brains, I've given you a warning, move that frigging car now, you are in big s***," he said.
He also dragged the trampoline out of the garden and installed gates, according to reports.
Nicky said the cops told her they are "powerless" to force the pair off the property.
"It's day 11 of them living in the backyard. It's completely bizarre to everybody we tell," Nicky told A Current Affair.
"Police and real estate don't know what to do.
'"Our children are terrified, they keep asking, 'Who are they?' and we can't give them any answers."
She added: "The police are telling us that the real estate should be physically removing these people and the real estate are saying they can't do that."
Pascale said she is allowed to take over the garden with a teepee tent as the rental contract does not include the backyard.
Under the $560-a-week lease agreement, the contract reportedly includes the phrase: "Rear yard is not included."
But Leo Patterson Ross, chief executive of Tenants Union of NSW, said the landlord and her partner could be trespassing.
"It could be that the landlord is trespassing whenever they go across that driveway area because they are entering into a place that they've given someone else possession," he said.
"At the end of the day while the lease says that the backyard isn't included the landlord has to go down the driveway that the lease doesn't talk about and what the lease also promises the tenant is reasonable peace, comfort and privacy in their home."
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