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“I am not a criminal” says alleged slumlord

johnboy 19 July 2010 45

The Canberra Times is hoping to tease you into buying their dead-tree paper with a teaser of an interview with alleged slum lord Jason Fan:

Jason Fan admitted at least 50 people were living in four houses and being charged $100 to $110 a week in rent, but said they were better off than being at the mercy of the private rental market in Canberra.

An emotional Mr Fan said he was shocked at the allegations levelled against him.

”I’m not a criminal … I want to be the good person,” he said.

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dungfungus dungfungus 3:55 pm 28 Jul 11

The ACT Governmnet is charging him with running an unlicensed boarding house?
I’ll bet no one in the DPP has ever lived in a boarding house (I have in youger days while working for a bank in remote parts of Australia) as if they had they would realize that a boarding house provides meals and other services as well as a roof over one’s head. I am not a lawyer but it is a legal no brainer to that Mr. Fan was not providing board for the unfortunate residents. He will walk free, straight to the bank.

Rangi Rangi 2:15 pm 28 Jul 11

+1 both options

Watson Watson 2:10 pm 28 Jul 11

p1 said :

budgiemix said :

I was evicted in June 2011, after a very succesful house party.

🙂

Yep, lol!

And it’s good to hear that living in a slum does have some advantages. You wouldn’t have to panic over a bit of wine spilt on the carpet or some paint off the wall.

Jivrashia Jivrashia 2:00 pm 28 Jul 11

“I’m not a criminal … I want to be the good person,” he said.

Regardless of whether the judge will throw the book at you Mr Fran you are a very bad man.
And that is all that matters.

Henry82 Henry82 12:38 pm 28 Jul 11

The fact of the matter is, realestates will put you as last preference if you’re young & single (particularly if a student), and with a very low vacancy rental market, you’ve got buckleys chance of getting a house.

I hope he is convicted, however nothing will happen anyway, he will get a good behaviour bond and sent on his way

p1 p1 11:31 am 28 Jul 11

budgiemix said :

I was evicted in June 2011, after a very succesful house party.

🙂

Ex Warrior Ex Warrior 11:25 am 28 Jul 11

budgiemix said :

I moved into the “slum residence” owned by notorious landlord “Jason Fan” in February 2011.
I was evicted in June 2011, after a very succesful house party.
During my time at the residence, I encountered rats, faulty wiring, illegal security cameras, sub zero temperatures, illegal immigrants, and theft (from Jason himself, he stole my mattress and sold it for $100 at his other “illegal boarding house” in MacGregor).

Jason Fan IS a criminial; he refused to give me back my bond money and began threatening me before I left.
My old mate (who lived upstairs) said that before I moved in, there was 20 or so people living there (he split a single garage into a multiple occupanct, it was filthy)
All in all, me and all my mates had a ball living at the house, it was pathetic living conditions, but the rent was cheap and I didn’t pay one single bill. I just hope they lock him up for a long time, because this guy is a money snatcher and really doesn’t care about people or their wellbeing.
There we go, RIOT ACT get the story before The newspapers.
Peace

To me it seems the fleabags who move into the places are half the problem. Its a case of you get what you pay for.

budgiemix budgiemix 11:05 am 28 Jul 11

I moved into the “slum residence” owned by notorious landlord “Jason Fan” in February 2011.
I was evicted in June 2011, after a very succesful house party.
During my time at the residence, I encountered rats, faulty wiring, illegal security cameras, sub zero temperatures, illegal immigrants, and theft (from Jason himself, he stole my mattress and sold it for $100 at his other “illegal boarding house” in MacGregor).

Jason Fan IS a criminial; he refused to give me back my bond money and began threatening me before I left.
My old mate (who lived upstairs) said that before I moved in, there was 20 or so people living there (he split a single garage into a multiple occupanct, it was filthy)
All in all, me and all my mates had a ball living at the house, it was pathetic living conditions, but the rent was cheap and I didn’t pay one single bill. I just hope they lock him up for a long time, because this guy is a money snatcher and really doesn’t care about people or their wellbeing.
There we go, RIOT ACT get the story before The newspapers.
Peace

sepi sepi 3:29 pm 20 Jul 10

I’d say a lot of people might be suddenly considering whether they could fit more people into their rental properties after reading these stories.

Postalgeek Postalgeek 3:12 pm 20 Jul 10

If Mr. Fan gets away with this, I’m going to kick the family out, partition up the house, and cram as many in as possible. They can trash the property as much as they want. With 20 people paying rent plus ‘utilities’ I’m straight on to buying my next property.

I’ll even pay to get a licensed electrician to do the necessary wiring.

sezzle sezzle 12:34 pm 20 Jul 10

Apparently he owned 8 houses in the A.C.T. The Canberra Times failed to provide the correct information, only what Mr. Fan alleged. He alleged he only had 50 people between 4 houses, when it was more like 20 people per house. He was earning a very nice sum of money off the neady and should be labelled a criminal.

Deano Deano 9:41 am 20 Jul 10

dtc said :

my uni days comprised living in a concrete box (B&G)

Hah, you were fortunate with a concrete box. I had to live in a concrete box with the corners cut off (Toad Hall).

weeziepops weeziepops 9:11 am 20 Jul 10

The Canberra Times has followed this up with an interview with five “Irish workers” who lived in one of the houses. They claim they were not aware that 25 people were living in the house, too. Seems a bit unlikely…

Pandy Pandy 11:40 pm 19 Jul 10

Well you tell the youth of tomorrow that there were *only* 50 of us living in a MDF cubby holes and they wont believe you.

Thumper Thumper 10:00 pm 19 Jul 10

And you think you had it tough?

Someone had to say it…

Mr Evil Mr Evil 9:57 pm 19 Jul 10

Mind you, we had it tough; there were 350 of us living in shoebox in middle of road!

Mr Fan says ”I’m not a criminal … I want to be the good person,”

Well, start acting like a good person then, you dodgy pr*ck!

I hope the ATO gets up him like a rat up a drain pipe now, as I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he wasn’t declaring all his income either.

sepi sepi 9:48 pm 19 Jul 10

partitioning normal rooms into tiny cubicles, each with hotplates, sounds like a serious fire risk.

if he did his own rewiring that would be scary too.

Jivrashia Jivrashia 9:34 pm 19 Jul 10

georgesgenitals said :

I’m not suggesting what he has done is nice, or the right thing, but I’m not convinced he’s broken any laws.

No no, your comments are fine.

But, would you want to associate yourself with this person, who isn’t technically a crim, but is taking advantage of the vulnerable people. Or, is he?

Personally as a landlord I would be a bit concerned with more than five people living in my rental house before I try to take advantage of the situation for a quick profit. But I guess some people have different priority (e.g. financial gain) than I, and I don’t think I’d associate myself with those kind…

Felix the Cat Felix the Cat 8:49 pm 19 Jul 10

The article in the CT said he funded the purchase of the properties from a compo payout.
I believe the authorities are trying to get the landlord on OH&S issues rather than criminal ones.

p1 p1 7:56 pm 19 Jul 10

Part of the problem might be that the people didn’t collectively sign a lease, like my wife and I might, hence taking control of the whole property from the owner.

If all ten residents have separate agreements, there might be some legal responsibility for the owner to maintain communal areas? Just a thought. Plus, was he charging a bond? And if so, were they lodged with the bond board?

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