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Salucci v Ray White Real Estate, Mt Isa QCATA 75
Salucci v Ray White Real Estate, Mt Isa  QCATA 75
Ray White Real Estate, Mt Isa
On the papers
Justice Thomas, President
12 June 2015
APPEAL – LEAVE TO APPEAL – MINOR CIVIL DISPUTE – RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES – where tenancy terminated for failure to pay rent and damage to tenancy – where tenant admits damage and rent arrears – where no error at first instance – whether grounds for leave to appeal
Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2009 (Qld) ss 32, 142(3)(a)(i)
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APPEARANCES and REPRESENTATION (if any):
This matter was heard and determined on the papers pursuant to s 32 of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2009 (Qld) (QCAT Act).
REASONS FOR DECISION
- Mr Steven Salucci rented a house through Ray White Real Estate, Mt Isa. During the tenancy, Mr Salucci removed some kitchen bench tops, cupboard doors, a wardrobe, shower panelling, floor tiles and a toilet cistern. Then he fell behind in his rent. Ray White filed an application for termination of Mr Salucci’s tenancy. A Magistrate, sitting in the minor civil disputes jurisdiction of the tribunal, did terminate Mr Salucci’s tenancy.
- Mr Salucci wants to appeal that decision. Because this is an appeal from a decision of the tribunal in its minor civil disputes jurisdiction, leave is necessary. Leave to appeal will usually be granted where there is a reasonable argument that the decision is attended by error, and an appeal is necessary to correct a substantial injustice to the applicant caused by that error.
- In his application for leave to appeal, Mr Salucci admits that he was behind in his rent. He admits that he removed items from the tenancy without approval. He does not point to any error by the learned Magistrate but he submits that he wants to stay in the property, he is at risk of being homeless and that he can rectify his breaches of the tenancy agreement given time.
- None of these submissions demonstrated that there is an error by the tribunal, and so there is no reason why the appeal tribunal should set the decision aside on an appeal.
- There is no reasonably arguable case that the learned Magistrate was in error. There is no reasonable prospect of substantive relief on appeal. Leave to appeal is refused.
- Published Case Name:
Steven Salucci v Ray White Real Estate, Mt Isa
- Shortened Case Name:
Salucci v Ray White Real Estate, Mt Isa
 QCATA 75
12 Jun 2015