'Arrogant' trespassing landlord fined $3000 by Gympie court
A LANDLORD has been fined $3000 and warned of one month's jail if he does not pay within two months.
Jack Green, of Forest Glen, pleaded guilty in Gympie Magistrates Court last week to breaching his tenants' occupancy rights and trespassing on the property he was leasing to them.
The charges were prosecuted by the Rental Tenancies Authority.
The court was told Green was developing the area into a subdivision.
"And it couldn't wait until the people finished their tenancy?" magistrate Chris Callaghan asked.
Green said he had met with the tenants and informed them he was entering the property.
"But you had no right to," Mr Callaghan said. "Your plea of guilty acknowledges this, doesn't it?"
"Correct," Green replied.
Mr Callaghan said the financial motive for the offending did not go in Green's favour.
"You chose to rent to these people to get their money. You shouldn't have.
"If you wanted to develop the property you should have developed it but you shouldn't have done so until the tenancy finished.
"Arrogantly, you informed the tenants, but there was no agreement.
"The works very significantly interfered with the peaceful enjoyment they were paying for."
Mr Callaghan ordered half the fine go to the tenants and ordered that no conviction be recorded.