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Tidy renters hit back at Facebook troll attacks

Jason Rees and Peta O'Sullivan are moving out and want to express how clean they have left their rental house after criticism on Facebook. Photo Patrick Woods / Gympie Times
Jason Rees and Peta O'Sullivan are moving out and want to express how clean they have left their rental house after criticism on Facebook. Photo Patrick Woods / Gympie Times Patrick Woods

GYMPIE renters Jason Rees and Peta O'Sullivan's search for a home has been made even harder.

After The Gympie Times ran their story Thursday, the Facebook post in regards to the article attracted trolls.

It was another blow for the family, forced to leave their Southside Rental property on Saturday.

After four-and-a-half years there, they were told to move on and hand the keys in.

They were told in November that the lease would end and despite applying for rentals, have had no luck.

The Facebook trolls brought Ms O'Sullivan to tears - she just wanted a safe place for her children to sleep.

Some of the comments were personal attacks while others referred to the saloon car in their yard, saying they were untidy.

"Having cars and car parts doesn't make us bad people," Ms O'Sullivan said.

Of the Facebook posts, Mr Rees said most of the people did not know the family.

"I'm a little bit disgusted about people's attitudes," he said.

Today, they are couch surfing at a friend's house with their two children, David, 10, and Tarleaha, 5.

When Mr Rees read the comments on Friday, he was already emotional - his 16-year-old blue heeler was euthanised the same day.

He said he just wanted to set things straight, especially claims the family were untidy. The couple cleaned the house from top to bottom themselves.

"Peta's a clean freak," Mr Rees said.

"The walls were wiped down every three months."

If they cannot find a house by the end of the week, they will need to relocate to another town.

"It's not just us; we see the same faces at the (rental) houses," Mr Rees said.

Goodna Professionals Real Estate property manager Susan Lowry said the agency followed the house owner's instructions to terminate the lease.
 

Topics:  homelessness renting

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