George Sotiropoulos VS his tenants

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According to Aleks Devic of The Geelong Advertiser, UFC fighter George Sotiropoulos, who just defeated Joe Stevenson last weekend, is locked in a legal battle with some tenants of his in Australia. George is trying to get $2000 owed in unpaid rent, which was not paid since the residents claimed their oven was not working. The tenants claim the oven was 15 years out of date and Sotiropoulos has neglected his duties.

A hilarious quote from the article follows:

Mr Evans told the Geelong Advertiser after the hearing he feared he and his wife and five children would be kicked out of the home.

“He gets $1 million for a fight and we could be homeless,” Mr Evans said.

The tribunal ordered the Evans’ continue paying the $275 weekly rent and the family was put on a payment plan of $75 per week to pay off the outstanding rent. If you want to read the full article, hit the jump!

GEORGE Sotiropoulos is used to ruthless bouts when competing in Ultimate Fighting Championships but yesterday he faced a fight against his tenants who owe him rent money.

The Geelong fighter is chasing more than $2000 in unpaid rent his tenants refused to pay because the oven inside their Belmont home was not working.

His property managers yesterday unsuccessfully applied in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to have the family booted out of the Summit Ave house.

Tenant Brad Evans told the tribunal Sotiropoulos sacked the last property manager after being instructed to fix the oven, which he claimed was 15 years out of date and could only do one temperature.
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But VCAT member Stella Moraitis condemned his Mr Evans’ actions.

“This is where you are in trouble. You are not allowed to withhold rent for repairs,” Ms Moraitis said.

Mr Evans told the Geelong Advertiser after the hearing he feared he and his wife and five children would be kicked out of the home.

“He gets $1 million for a fight and we could be homeless,” Mr Evans said.

Mr Evans also said real estate agents had told him he needed to mow the grass and fix a front window that had been cracked after one of the kids threw a rock at it.

Sotiropoulos thrilled 20,000 fans at a UFC tournament in Sydney last week when he defeated American Joe Stevenson.

The Bell Post Hill man has a large following in the US after starring on hit reality TV show The Ultimate Fighter 6.

The UFC is a form of mixed martial arts that combines many styles including boxing, taekwondo, judo and wrestling and instead of going toe to toe in a ring, fighters exchange blows in a cage.

Mr Evans told the hearing he first complained about the oven in August last year and took action after nothing was done. “Yes, we did the wrong thing but that is the reason why,” he said.

Ms Moraitis was told the rent money had been spent on bills and for Christmas presents. “If you had your money here today, you would have persuaded me you did it on principle,” she said.

Ms Moraitis was also scathing of Sotiropoulos and said he had failed in his duties as a landlord because there was no operating oven in the house. “It’s not as if your landlord has come here with clean hands either,” Ms Moraitis said.

“Your landlord has conducted himself in way that is not exemplary by all means … but neither has the tenant.”

Portfolio manager James Spitale yesterday applied for a possession order of the house and said his client had had enough. “Ultimately the landlord would like to get in there and do renovations,” he said.

The tribunal ordered the Evans’ continue paying the $275 weekly rent and the family was put on a payment plan of $75 per week to pay off the outstanding rent.

If they fail to meet the orders they can be taken back to the tribunal and be evicted.

The family’s lease expires in April.

Taken from http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/article/2010/02/27/150251_news.html

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