Evicting Housemate That is Renting Out Vacant Room For Prostitution

I’m currently living in a very nice apartment.

However, I found out that a housemate has been secretly renting out one of the recently vacated rooms to prostitutes and their clients (i.e. operating a "love hotel" type business). I believe this has been going on for 1 to 2 weeks.

I don’t want to go into details about how I found out (to preserve anonymity), but point is that I found out.

I’ve told the landlord, who has instructed her to stop using the room for prostitutes. As far as I know, these services have stopped. The housemate and I now actively ignore each other, and I think it’s pretty obvious that I was the snitch.

Here’s my problem. I would like this housemate to be evicted immediately. I obviously feel pretty uncomfortable sharing a home someone who was running a brothel out of the place where I eat, shower and sleep. However, the landlord is dragging his feet on evicting her immediately. The reason is to avoid end up losing money on an empty room while finding a tenant to replace her.

After reading the tenancy laws, I found out that there are sufficient grounds to evict this housemate immediately (for using the premises for illegal activities). Hence, I could involve the authorities to make the landlord evict them immediately. However, my lease ends in a month and I think if I did this, he would just not renew my lease.

I would really like to stay at my current place.

So how should I approach him? Do I try to work out a middle ground, bite my tongue or something else?

UPDATE

Thanks for the responses everyone.

The LL said that she will be leaving by a particular date. However, I'm not celebrating until her crap is out on the street and her keys are on the dining table.

There's some expectation on me to help find replacements. Anyone interested in a room which may or may not have been used for certain services?

In the meantime, I will be sanitizing the common areas and appliances including the washing machine. And until she leaves, I'm going to just hope I don't get stabbed or poisoned.

Comments

    • -1 vote

      Would this be the case of the OP being jealous of no action?

  • +4 votes

    Just leave the place at the end of the month. Sure it sounds like a great place for a cheap price, but if you can’t trust your roommate, and they won’t leave, then it’s the only option to keep yourself and your belongings.

  • +6 votes

    It is quite legal to run a Wholesale business from home, but not a Hole-Sale business.
    Hide your toothbrush and anything else that can be "tampered" with till you get a lock on your room.

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      I haven't cooked food here since. I rinse my toothbrush pretty thoroughly now, and then it's all blind faith from there.

      I'm about to throw out all the food in my fridge just now in fact.

      • +7 votes

        I'm about to throw out all the food in my fridge just now in fact.

        What? Because there might be…. 'hooker cooties'?

        They opened your frozen beef mince, slobbered on it, and then resealed and refroze it? Or spat in your orange juice?

        Is there wholesale disgorgement of bodily fluids occurring inside your fridge?

        Are you suggesting that your pimp/madam housemate and/or her guests have somehow adulterated your food? As a part of their… unsafe? unclean? unsavory? practices?

        Perhaps I would carefully wash the continental cucumber, but I'm sure there's no issue with the Deep Spring mineral water or the Bega tasty Cheese.

        • +8 votes

          Hahaha lol

          Nah just worries about potential retribution from housemate. I'm a known snitch now.

        • -2 votes

          Roman Sandstorm she already mentioned this. read before you speak

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        Can get an ultraviolet light bulb, it may freak you out.

    • +1 vote

      I would be more concerned if my house mate was a frat boy with this sort of thing than a hooker. She is likely to be more professional, the frat boy is much more likely to be a compete twat.

      • +14 votes

        Perhaps, but the sex-industry, especially when unregulated, is rife with abuse. I would be very much concerned if a flatmate was running a brothel inside a shared domestic premises. The concerns about hygiene and safety are completely reasonable - given that the flatmate ignores rules regarding running businesses inside a home, why would you feel confident they are showing good judgement elsewhere?

        I understand that sex-workers are judged negatively in Australia, and that this is probably what is triggering your pro-flatmate views, but that doesn't mean the flatmate gets a free pass for running a brothel out of a bedroom.

        • +1 vote

          the sex-industry, especially when unregulated, is rife with abuse

          Some of the abuse make one’s hair stand up, just reading it : I was kidnapped in London and trafficked for sex.

          These sex workers are punished multiple times; by the traffickers, and then by the authorities – all the while staying in a hell they cannot escape.
          In Northern Ireland, based on testimonies of the lucky ones who managed to escape:

          The Human Trafficking and Exploitation Act, passed in 2015, made Northern Ireland the first and only place in the UK where the act of buying sex is a crime. The act of selling sex, by contrast, was decriminalised.

          I would imagine some modified form of this act – criminalising the buying of sex from unlicensed/unregulated parties – would stop some of this misery. So the buyer has the responsibility to ensure they are buying from licensed regulated places. But I confess I do not know all the angles to this issue, and still finding out about it.

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        @try2bhelpful You seem pretty chill - Can I start a brother up at your house? Just give me you address. Note: There might be random dug taking and needles left around by the brothel workers or customer but 'ehhh (can you actually promise Op that won't happen? Perhaps you would be happy to pay a deposit to Op in good faith that it won't happen?).

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          Think you might want to work on your reading comprehension mate. No one is defending using the room as a short-term love hotel - that's already stopped and rightly so.

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      if it’s gonna be that kind of party I’m gonna stick, my dick, in the mashed potato

      beastieboys

  • +3 votes

    just move
    im sure it'll be easy enough to find another similarly nice place somewhere else

    theres too much bad angst in the house, break free and start fresh somewhere else

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      Yes, moving out is the best option. Paying any amount of rent and living in a constant state of anxiety is not a way to live. OP should move out for her own peace and also realise that the owner will actually have a hard time keeping a replacement since the replacements will also find out what's going on in the house and complain or move out. Then it's the owners problem whether its worth it for him to allow this operation continue in his house, potentially causing him legal problems or a damaged house.

      • -1 vote

        OP's anxiety is her own issue. I don't see her paying the landlord for psyche therapy.

  • +6 votes

    So how should I approach him? Do I try to work out a middle ground, bite my tongue or something else?

    You are the one who reported this to the landlord in the first place. If he is happy with the status quo, and has not taken further action, you have already gotten your answer. I would just find a new place, and move.

    I can understand your fears, and you should be able to choose the people you run into and associate with on a daily basis. Moving out is a hassle, but in the larger scheme, may be worthwhile.

  • +2 votes

    Any discount for ozbargainers ? :)

  • +5 votes

    I don’t want to go into details about how I found out (to preserve anonymity), but point is that I found out.

    "Hmm this one's close to me. I might make a booking."

  • +3 votes

    Seems like most of the comments are just jokes.
    It’s a shame because this is a serious issue.

    I would just try and get her evicted.

    If you get her evicted that means there will be one more room vacant.
    If your landlord was so concerned about losing income then I don’t think he will evict you by not renewing your lease as that means he will have 3 vacant rooms.

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      The landlord makes decisions on who to evict. OP has no right to force the landlord, and if he keeps being a pain he'll end up being the one who has his lease not renewed.

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        Speaking of "rights", what is your take on whether the other tenant had a right to rent out the vacant room behind the landlord's back for prostitution?

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          They didn't. Which is why when the landlord told them to stop, they had to stop. Also why the landlord can evict them, but it's up to the landlord, not up to OP.

  • +4 votes

    Where do you live? I want to move in!

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    Call the Australian Border Force and tell them you suspect prostitutes are here illegally and/or forced into to sex work (modern day slavery). Then inform both the housemate and owner you've done this.

    Sex workers aren't illegal dependingbl on the State but working here on tourist visas is.

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      What makes you think they aren’t Aussies?

      • +1 vote

        They were moaning in accents

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      Why tell landlord and tenant??? - just report it to border force.

  • +2 votes

    Tell the landlord that you are seeing guys hanging around the house at all hours - including door knocks from strangers. So if he is not going to evict her, that you want a video security system at the front door. Then just put a sign on the front door notifying people that all people entering the property are videoed and that footage may be passed onto the police. One way or another, I think this will fix things.

    • +12 votes

      Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It’s what separates us from the animals .. except the weasel

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    Following

  • -2 votes

    If i was the landlord i would have kick both of you out because at the end of the day both of you didn't respect each other privacy.

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      Exactly. As a landlord myself it is not about the money. It's more about having people beholden to me who I can judge according to my morals / preferences. Hahaha.

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        If you are a landlord and you rent rooms out, you will expected people to respect each other. Respect start from not using the premises for other purpose. Respect start from not spying on each other and live together quietly. If the landlord haven t kicked out the other person then it s none of op business. You're happy, you stay. If you're not, you leave. You don t need to harass the landlord over it as he/she took note over what happened and might wait before taking actions.

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    just checking if topic starter settled on freebies / coupons with his roommate's biz yet?

    • +1 vote

      Discounted coochie is not the best coochie, its a spit bucket