So my friend moves out from a flat that he rented for 7 years. He didn't patch up the picture frame holes and, of course, the carpets need cleaning, but isn't that what the deposit is for? Now the weekend that he moved out, he left a brand new motorbike trailer in the carpark to fetch the next day.
The landlord then decides that the deposit isn't good enough and in full view of witnesses he takes the brand new trailor and tows it away. To put the monatory values in perspective, my friend paid a R7000 deposit and his monthly rent was R4500. The trailor is worth R15,000.
My friend has no issue with the landlord keeping the deposit. The friend then contacted the landlord asking for his trailor and the response was that he was taking the trailor because the deposit is not enough. My friend then replied that that is against the law and my friend would go to the Police. Apparently the landlord, Mr L Birkenstock said that he can bring the Police, they can't do anything and that my friend should not even think of harrassing or threatening him because he is not intimidated by "small" people. (At 7 foot and 143 kg's I do not regard my friend as physically small)
There was no rental agreement in place and the trailor is still brand new so it wasnt even registered yet.
My friend went to the Moffat View Police Station on Friday 14 September 2012 and laid a charge of theft. There were witnesses who saw the landlord taking the trailor and my friend even gave the Police the name, and the address where the trailor is illegally kept and the landlord's contact detail.
Today, 7 days later after following up every day from Monday, Warrant Officer Morana from the Moffat Police Station said that he is going to throw the docket in the dustbin, because this case is about money and must go to court (presumably civil litigation) and therefore they will not treat this as a case of theft.
My friend then asked if he could go and fetch his trailor from the landlord's property and the officer responded that it would be trespassing and he would be arrested.
SO WHAT NOW? The landlord was right. The Police is useless and have no idea how to help. Their sting is gone and no one has any respect for them. The picture of them sleeping on the job that was posted a few days ago comes to mind....
Where are the REAL law enforces that would move heaven and earth to help law abiding citizens? Now we are forced to become vigilantes and take the trailor by force, probably kick a door or two down, and the Police will respond to an incident that was cause BY THEIR LACK OF INTEREST.
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