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The ten tenants of an Elm Row flat took Click Property Management Limited, an agent for Lucky Dragon Investment Corporate Trustee Limited, to the tenancy tribunal over claims the landlord breached their privacy by allowing a cameraman to film their flat inspection in February.
They also claimed the landlord breached their obligations over mould in the bathroom ceiling, a hole in the bathroom floor, and insufficient smoke alarms.
Joe Malcolm Allison, Rob Holley, Josh Williams, Stanislav Dragalev, Antal Slimo, Lucien Burt, Liam McFall, Fin Sinnott, James Ellison, and George Gaimster signed a fixed-term tenancy from January 10 2019 to January 8 2020 at $1500 in rent per week.
They complained to the tribunal after the landlord allowed filming in the flat without notice, and did not stop when asked to do so.
The landlord had argued the filming for a show about turning a boarding house into a flat was not stopped because it was nearly finished.
The tribunal did not accept that explanation, finding the landlord did interfere with the "reasonable peace, comfort and privacy'' of the tenants by allowing filming without notice, and continuing the filming when asked by the tenants to stop.
But the tribunal stopped short of finding the incident amounted to harassment and was therefore not an unlawful act, because the landlord took immediate steps with the film company to stop the film from being broadcast.
The tribunal also ruled against the landlord on the issues of mould and the hole in the bathroom floor, but found the number of smoke alarms was compliant.
The tribunal awarded the tenants $1500 in compensation and $2000 in exemplary damages