An Australian comedian recognized for his savage take-downs of the actual property market has discovered himself on the receiving finish of an outlandish price from his landlord after an “ant infestation.”
Sydney comic Tom Cashman and his two housemates had moved out of their condo after they obtained an electronic mail from their actual property agent about deductions to their bond.
Performing on the Sydney Comedy Festival Gala, Cashman revealed the agent had deducted $99 [Australian, $66 USD] after sending a pest controller to eradicate ants noticed within the kitchen and loo.
In the e-mail, the actual property agent advised Cashman and his roommates that it was the duty of the tenant to “deal with or eradicate” ants and connected a replica of Fair Trading laws.
Cashman, whose run-in with an actual property agent after asking for a “landlord reference” went viral final yr, advised the viewers that he was confused by the weird – and expensive – predicament.
“I’d by no means seen any ants within the place — I swear to god,” Cashman mentioned.
“So, I responded asking for some proof of this ‘ant infestation.’”
Cashman confirmed a picture he was despatched of simply 4 ants, stating: “That’s $25 per ant. [$16 USD]?
“I’ll flick an ant for 2 bucks, what are you speaking about?”
Cashman mentioned the agent advised him in a heated response that “there’s by no means simply 4 ants.”
“There have been no ants famous if you moved in and there have been ants there if you vacated,” they mentioned.
The state of Sydney’s actual property market has more and more grow to be the goal of younger on-line creators, together with movies detailing the disparity between revenue and home costs in 2023.
Cashman – a self described up-and-coming comedian – went viral final yr after a sequence of TikTok movies uncovered an heated trade over a request he made jokingly for a landlord reference.
Since the incident, Cashman returned to TikTok stating he’d been knocked again from a property he had beforehand been authorised for after the agent introduced up the “landlord reference saga.”
The comedian advised 7 Life his roommates have been thankfully in a position to get the “ant infestation” price dropped when the group moved out of the property in 2018 after an software to New South Wales, Australia Fair Trading.
“The actual property company challenged this, so then we got a date to satisfy with the actual property agent and chat,” Cashman advised 7 Life this week.
“The tribunal will solely give them cash out of the bond for issues they will show, and I assume a photograph of 4 ants doesn’t show there’s an ant infestation. Weird that.”