Far out Friday: Evicted for aiming expletive at landlord

by NZ Adviser26 Feb 2016
A woman has had to move out of her flat after she swore in front of her landlord after he left a gate open enabling her 3-year-old dog Aster to run out onto the road, according to the NZ Herald. 

27 year old Vrnda Torckler says she was upset and fearful for her dog's life last Friday when she "dropped the F-bomb" and didn’t expect it would lead to her tenancy being cancelled as a result.

But landlord Vincent Calzone said he evicted Torckler's as her language was symptomatic "of a personality type" he did not want in his house.

Torckler may have a case for "retaliatory action" against the landlord in the Tenancy Tribunal, according to The Tenants' Protection Association.

Torckler was renting the flat in Mt Eden, Auckland when her dog escaped. 

"I was having a total freak out," Torckler said. "I did drop the F-bomb at least twice but I wasn't directing it at anyone. I was just frustrated at my inability to control the situation."

Two days later Calzone raised the issue about her language through text messages, with one called her swearing "disturbing" and "not normal behaviour" and said she had three months to vacate the flat.

Working as a fulltime office manager, Torckler insists she is an otherwise model tenant, has never missed a rent payment and has excellent references.

Though she regretted swearing in front of Mr Calzone, "I wouldn't have thought it was a hanging offence".

But she no longer felt comfortable in the flat and planned to move out as soon as she found another property that accepted dogs.

"I don't really know what action I could take because he's not doing anything that is not within his rights to do."

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