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Ask the Advocate

May 14, 2018

I was sick off work last week for 2 days, and my boss is hesitant to give me sick pay and asked for a medical certificate to show that I really was ill. Is she allowed to do this? Then, when I looked on my payslip, my sick days aren’t even recorded so I’m not […]

April 9, 2018

Dear Advocate I am really worried about whether we can stay in our flat. We complained about our toilet breaking the other week and a plumber came round to fix it. Our property manager spontaneously visited yesterday to check it had been fixed. The flat was a bit messy at the time as we had […]

March 19, 2018

Dear Advocate, I just moved into a new (exorbitantly expensive) flat, and my landlord charged a non-refundable fee of $230 per person, on top of bond and rent in advance. Are they allowed to do this? Yours sincerely, Flat Broke. Dear Flat Broke, Unfortunately, landlords are allowed to charge a fee like this, called a […]

March 5, 2018

Dear Erica, We have just moved out of our old flat. Our property manager has told us that she will not be refunding all of our bond. She is deducting $200 to get the carpets professionally cleaned, and is charging us $175 for cleaning. We worked really hard to make the place clean at the […]