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Aussie landlord taken to court after turning one-bedroom unit into five bedrooms

An Adelaide landlord has been dragged to court after turning her one-bedroom apartment into a five-bedroom sharehouse, with each room rented out separately.

South Australia’s District Court found Si Ren broke the law by erecting new walls inside 82-square-metre apartment in Adelaide’s CBD without approval from the building’s strata corporation.

The unit, which is inside the Mansions on Pulteney building, was originally laid out as a one-bedroom apartment with an open plan living, kitchen and dining area.

However, after Ms Ren purchased the apartment in September 2018, she converted the space into a five bedroom, one bathroom unit with a kitchen and hallway.

Previous online advertisements for the unit show each of the bedrooms was being rented out at weekly rates of around $150 in 2021, compared to the previous rental price of $450 for the whole apartment.

The strata corporation claims the renovations were in breach of the Strata Titles Act 1988 as Ms Ren “respondent failed to obtain authorisation to carry out those works”.

The corporation took the case to the South Australian District Court to seek an order for the owner to restore the unit back to its original one-bedroom state.

On August 28, 2018, Ms Ren told the strata manager that she intended to purchase and renovate the unit by putting up walls and creating five or six bedrooms.

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