Read the ‘threatening’ email real estate agent sent to tenant behind on their rent
- SA real estate agent sent threatening email to tenant
- Online users have slammed the email as ‘disgusting’
A real estate agent has been slammed online after sending a ‘threatening’ email to a tenant who was behind on their payments.
The message was sent by a South Australian real estate agent to a tenant, who later uploaded the contents to a Facebook group.
The subject line in the email is labelled: ‘Do you need to call the removalist?’
‘Wow, it’s not looking good at all,’ it begins.
‘So you are now five days in arrears! Let’s hope the landlord renews your lease!’
A South Australian real estate agent’s email to a tenant has been criticised over its aggressive tone (stock image)
The email includes information below about voluntary consent orders.
The tenant, who posted it to the Facebook group Don’t Rent Me, relayed their shock after receiving the sinister email.
‘It’s just not right to send an email like this,’ they said.
‘(I’m a) bit gobsmacked, I organised to pay for this week.’
The tenant explained they had paid up and were ahead of their payments.
They also said they were organising a late payment through the real estate before the agent’s email was sent.
Members of the Facebook group lambasted the agent’s email for its threatening nature.
‘The situation regarding arrears aside, that is the most passive-aggressive, lazy, poorly written, unprofessional bulls*** I’ve seen in a long time,’ said one user.
Another said: ”Regardless of if it’s automated, that’s absolutely disgusting.’
‘Let’s just play with peoples lives and emotions like it’s a game.
‘God forbid they are ever in a similar position.’
‘Very unprofessional and mildly threatening,’ added a third.
Others described it as ‘threatening’, ‘disgusting’ and ‘unethical’, with one stating their intention to file a complaint.
One group member revealed they had received the exact same email from their agent when they were behind in their rent.
‘My real estate sent this exact email when I was a couple days behind rent,’ they wrote.
The real estate agent sent this email to a tenant before it was shared to a Facebook group
The Real Estate Institute of South Australia (REISA) described the email as not ‘typical’ and unprofessional (stock image)
The Real Estate Institute of South Australia (REISA) described the email as not ‘typical’.
‘We certainly think that it could have been done more professional,’ the organisation told 7News.
‘It probably could have been worded a bit nicer. Given tenants are struggling with the (housing) crisis, some balance is needed.’
The REISA said it is normal for automated emails to be sent when rent is due but explained that if it was automated it ‘certainly wouldn’t be an email like that’.
‘This is to the extreme,’ they added.