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Beware Of The End Of Lease Cleaning Scam Hitting Up Time-Poor Renters

We got scammed so you don't have to!

So, you’re at the end of your lease. You have days to move out, and among all the other stresses of moving there’s the need to clean the place for the final inspection. And for a bunch of reasons – work, moving, not wanting to pay simultaneous leases, whatever – you figure that you’ll get cleaners in to do the job in the dying days of your tenancy.

So you Google “end of lease cleaners”, find someone, tell them how many rooms and so on, get a quote, say yes, and arrange payment. And then they turn up and there’s a problem.

 

Oh, you didn’t say how big the place is. You didn’t mention that the ceilings were all the way up there. You didn’t say that people had been pooping in the toilet for *years*. Something. Anyway, they underquoted and it’s going to take much longer, so now it’s going to cost you more.

With few other options – after all, you have to hand the keys in tomorrow! You have to go get the mail redirected! – you just fume and pay up, rendering you further out of pocket at a time when, since you’re a renter, you’re probably pretty financially stretched in any case.

If this sounds familiar, you’re far from alone.

In fact, when a friend mentioned on Facebook that this happened to them, I was only one of many people who replied with variations on “…the HELL? That’s exactly what happened to me!”

It turns out that this is a super-common trick. As is, as I inadvertently found out, not realising that this is a scam and responding with “um, sorry, that was the quote and I don’t have any more cash right now” and then getting a phonecall saying that there’d been an “accident” and the cleaners would be back tomorrow, then disappearing forever.

And one the one hand: great work, dodgy cleaners. You’ve identified a vulnerable cohort of people ripe for extortion and come up with a scam which combines plausible deniability with a wonderfully low risk of being caught out.

One pro-tip from a renter who’d been burned was to contact the agent or landlord for a recommendation. Most have cleaners they use on the regular, and who are therefore very motivated not to lose that relationship by ripping off a tenant.

So what do you do if you’ve been stung? We asked NSW Fair Trading and they had some advice.

“NSW Fair Trading advises customers who are dissatisfied with services provided by a cleaning company to contact the trader and try to resolve the matter in the first instance,” a spokesperson told us.

“To make better informed choices on services provided by businesses, Fair Trading encourages consumers to search a business on the ASIC public register or other online reviews.”

And if you’ve been done already?

“Customers who are unable to resolve their issues with the trader are advised to lodge a written complaint on the Fair Trading website.”

So put that complaint in writing, friends, so that others might be alerted – and be canny about your cleaning choices.

Because you don’t want to steam clean that filthy carpet yourself, right? Just look at it. LOOK AT IT.

Seriously I don’t even feel comfortable walking on the thing.

No, Justin Bieber Didn't Steal That Song, Here Are All The Facts

Mark My Words.

On Friday, Justin Bieber released his new, highly-anticipated album Changes, and within 24 hours there was already controversy.

Right, okay.

No, it had nothing to do with his desperate attempt at a number one single, it actually surrounded one of the songs on his new album. His new song, ‘Running Over’, which features Lil Dicky, started to do the rounds on Twitter all because of comments made by an unknown musician, Asher Monroe.

Speaking of music plagiarism, have you heard our chat on the Hot Chelle Rae, The 1975 and Maroon 5 beef on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…? You should check it out!

Asher Monroe uploaded a screenshot of his own Instagram story to Twitter, saying: Justin Bieber “jacked my swag”. Along with this comment, he placed an image of his own song “Synergy” next to Bieber’s new song. The internet then put two and two together and the comparative videos started to do the rounds. 

Here, stan Twitter was shocked at the blatant plagiarism from the Biebs that the hate started to pour in. 

But then, it wasn’t long until people noticed the instrumental also very similar to a song by the Korean band, Yumdda. 

Then, the songwriter spoke up.

Laxcity, an American producer, came forward saying that he made the beat and released it on Splice (a sound library) for royalty-free use. Laxcity shut down Asher Monroe’s claims by saying “Look at this clown” and “Lol bro I made this melody, not you… you should chill out.”

So there you have it, no one plagiarised. All good, right? Wrong. Just as we thought the case was closed, the sad truth revealed itself. Because this producer made the beat for royalty-free use, he’s actually making no money off of the Bieber song. 

Hopefully this talented producer gets the exposure he well and truly deserves and at least something will have come out of this dramatic saga.

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Married At First Sight Shows There’s More To Learn About Consent

"Take your bra off! Let it hang!"

Welcome back to MAFS Lessons, if you’re more of a visual learner, don’t worry, we’ve got you:

Amanda and Tash have had a really hard time connecting with each other. We could’ve put it down to Amanda’s fiery personality or Tash’s dating history, but the first commitment ceremony was full of red flags.

If you’re a big fan of Married At First Sight, check out this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

In the commitment ceremony, there was one particular interaction that had us shocked and it’s when Amanda said: “If it were up to me, we probably would have slept together by now.”

Now, we all know that consent requires everyone involved in the situation to give an enthusiastic ‘yes’, and Tash hasn’t given any indication that she wants to be that intimate with Amanda. In fact, it was the opposite. 

Tash actually described in detail how her feelings evolved from initial attraction to lack thereof, saying: “I was acting a certain way at the wedding and now my body language changed and she’s really intuitive and I knew she could pick it up. I wish I felt burning, strong, firey chemistry, I wish I did, but I’m not going to bullshit it.”

And Amanda knew this, but it didn’t stop Tash from blaming herself for the whole saga. She said: “I hurt her, but I was honest. I feel like I ruined the honeymoon, really, and it was pretty hard to recover from it and it drove a big wedge between us.”

Also, it didn’t help that Amanda cornered her wife, in front of 21 other people, outlining her lack of intimacy in their relationship, saying: “Quality time for me is watching a movie together… We didn’t watch a single movie together…  I’m talking away from the public… I’m talking in the room, with no one around, like your walls down, our PJ’s are on and we’re just our complete selves, our bras are literally off, and we’re enjoying each other’s company… Take your bra off! Let it hang! Do you know what I mean?” 

So, essentially we have a situation with an abundance of issues. Tash feels like she’s in the wrong because she isn’t feeling the same feelings as her partner and Amanda feels the need to vocalise what she would have done if she was “calling the shots.” Newsflash, it’s not “calling the shots” if one member of the relationship is not up for the intimacy. 

So unless Tash changes her mind, falls in love with Amanda and begin in something more than a friendship, the bras stay on.

If you haven’t done your MAFS homework, make sure you catch up on previous lessons. So far, we’ve learnt about gaslighting, why adults still need supervision, to never force chemistry, to not make a fool of yourself when there are cameras aroundhow to meet people in a socially acceptable way and also how crappy friends can ruin a relationship.

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