This week the Canberra Times published an article on the high number of rental bonds withheld from the tenants in the ACT. In my opinion, this article failed to clearly elaborate as to the reasons why tenants are not receiving the full amount of bond back after they vacate a rental property and only incited the age-old debate about how landlords and agents are so “unfair to tenants” and think the bond money belongs to them

While the statistic itself maybe correct, in the majority of cases, it is because it is at the tenants’ request. Whether this be to cover a shortfall in the rent, pay the final water bill, pay for the carpet cleaning – let me assure you of a couple of facts: