Rogue tenants force renovation in inner Brisbane suburb

first_imgThe house on the cover of the City North News after it was trashed by tenants.THEY were called ‘losing the bond’ parties, but when university students dragged couches on to the roof of their Hendra rental house to watch Brisbane’s Riverfire fireworks, they lost the bond and the house.“The house had been trashed; it was uninhabitable,” owner Michael Pinter said of the 2009 incident.BEFORE: Some of the broken tiles on the roof of 1 Dora St, Hendra after one of many wild parties.“My wife had no idea until one of the day care mums handed her a copy of the front page of the (local) paper.”The City North News story, headlined: “Out of Control”, revealed how residents in the exclusive inner city address were living in fear from rogue tenants who had caused major damage to the house with countless all-night parties.MORE REAL ESTATE STORIESHome of toilet brush pioneer to fetch $12 millionRental vacancies tighten across QueenslandBrisbane home values to jumpVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:21Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenBuyer’s agent reveals her biggest horror stories02:21“A while back one of the parties got out of hand and a huge fire erupted all over the street,” one neighbour was quoted as saying at the time.BEFORE: The house was uninhabitable.Michael Pinter and Vanessa Edwards had bought the property in 2005 and lived there until 2008 when they moved to Nundah and turned it into a rental. The property was managed separately and Mr Pinter ‘stayed at arms length’.WHAT’S FOR RENT IN HENDRA RIGHT NOW“The timing was post-GFC, we were in a bind and needed to rent it out, and they did pay the rent. But this was the tipping point … the end of that illusion.”Broken tiles and smashed beer bottles littered the roof and damage resulted in water ingress inside the house.BEFORE: Water damage in the house.Plans to renovate and return to Hendra were brought forward and an extra $50,000-$100,000 was added to the $750,000 renovation cost.BEFORE: A built-in cabinet in the main living room, with broken glass.“It was my biggest renovation to that point,” Mr Pinter, who runs his own Linear Design and Construct building company, said.“It was my ground zero moment.”BEFORE: 1 Dora St, Hendra in 2009.A new roof and all new internal linings were additional costs in the 10-month renovation of the 1920s Queenslander, which was also raised and built in underneath.AFTER: 1 Dora St, Hendra gets a new lease on life.“They were pretty fortunate,” Mr Pinter said of the rooftop partygoers. “There was quite a bit of damage up there. How no-one fell through is anyone’s guess. If they’d stood in the wrong place, they would have gone straight through.”All the horsehair plaster was water-damaged and had to be removed and smashed windows replaced. The terracotta tiled roof, which was initially going to be restored and regrouted, could not be salvaged and was replaced with metal roof sheeting.“We bit the bullet and did it all. We wanted to make everything uniform throughout,” he said.The house, on an 814sq m block, was pushed forward and raised.“It’s on a slight slope so we used a cut and fill arrangement with the site,” he said.The finished house has main living areas downstairs with an oversized kitchen, scullery, dining and living area and a rumpus.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoAFTER: The built-in ground level has open-plan living.There is a guest bedroom with an ensuite and a home office at the front of the house with a separate powder room and laundry.The upstairs has four bedrooms including the master with a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite, and a separate main bathroom.AFTER: The upstairs ensuite with plantation shutters.The original lounge room has been cut out to make a 6.5m atrium at the entrance.“We’ve kept the actual configuration of upstairs to minimise changes and I’ve repurposed the rooms, the kitchen has been converted into a bedroom, and the sunroom is an ensuite.”In keeping with the character of the street, the original facade has been restored, to the delight of the neighbourhood.AFTER: A picture perfect entrance.“Everyone knows this house, it has a bit of notoriety, but now the house stands on its own merits. I think everyone is more than delighted with how it’s finished.”The renovation was completed in 2011 and the couple, whose twin daughters are now aged 11, have lived in the home ever since.AFTER: Looking towards the kitchen and outdoor terrace.“We did the lion’s share in 2010 but we couldn’t afford it all at that stage and we finished the last part, the pool and landscaping probably 12 months ago,” he said.“There’s still a little bit more to do. Mainly in landscaping, tiling, paving, things like that, and I wouldn’t mind an outdoor barbecue area. 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