steven_packMember@steven_packJoin Date: 2009Post Count: 9
I’ve had a disabled tenant for the last 4 years who is now moving out. I’ve made a couple of minor modifications to the house (shower rail and ramp) to improve access. The rental manager at the time assured me Centrelink would cover these costs at the time she moved out, but I have a new manager now who has not heard of the scheme.
Additionally, the lino is wrecked and the walls completely covered in scuff marks which will probably need to be repainted. All quite expected given the wheelchair, but my question is:
– Does anyone know of any reimbursement from a government agency regarding modifications to improve access?
– Would I be within my rights to withhold the bond to fix the floor and walls? As in, for a wheelchair user, it’s probably expected wear and tear, but it’s far far worse than you would expect for a non-disabled tenant.
Steve.Scott No MatesParticipant@scott-no-matesJoin Date: 2005Post Count: 3,840
Firstly who paid for the modifications?
The cost of reinstatement probably cannot be taken from the bond as you gave consent for the modifications but there is no recripocal provision for remediation.
Are they such that the house is not lettable if they are not removed? Would the property appeal to an older person (or a skateboarding crew) who may not like stair access?ducksterParticipant@ducksterJoin Date: 2004Post Count: 1,674
Done a bit of research as this was a hard one to find and come up with –
This may be what you are after
and this may help also
The scheme looks like it is known as Home and Community Care (HACC) Program
Done by commonwealth department of health and ageingsteven_packMember@steven_packJoin Date: 2009Post Count: 9
Awesome Duckster, thanks for that.TrevMember@trevJoin Date: 2006Post Count: 39
In removing the vinyl flooring to replace it there would also be some residual depreciation value in the flooring that you can claim. If you are looking to replace the flooring throughout the house it may be worthwhile having a scrapping report prepared by a quantity surveyor so that you can write off the vinyl before you throw it out. The same applies to other depreciable items that may have been damaged, such as curtains, stove, etc.
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