Media Stories and court cases
Vulnerable Australians Targeted by Unscrupulous Property Vendors (SBS News, 6/10/16)
The Australian, 31/7/15 Property Spruikers Caught in Clampdown (mentions Rick Otton, Ben Chislett, Easyhomes WA)
Rogue Agent Banned After Criminal Proceedings James Monaghan, Otton former student, and “very special guest” on Otton’s podcast signs enforceable undertaking, loses estate agents licence. Refers to Ezibuyhomes and Benny Bull Pty Ltd which are related to Ben Chislett.
Domain, 13/3/15 “Vendor Finance Under the Microscope” (Carolyn Bond)
Property spruiker facing legal action over rent to buy scheme (Mentions Sheree Becker, “doctor of real estate”) 25/1/15
Financial Review 17/8/14 (pay wall) Rent-to-buy plans prey in property desperate
Property Observer, 23/6/14, Jennifer Duke: Consumer Affairs Victoria Taking Charge Against High Risk Rent-to-buy Schemes
ABC Lateline 24/2/14“Spruikers Exploit the Vulnerable”.
Property Observer, 10 March 2014, Jennifer Duke: “From Seminar to Success Story….to being fined in the Supreme Court of WA – how it happened.”
The Age, Nov 2012, Warning on Risky we buy houses scheme.
BBC (UK), 2011, Home Sellers Warned Over Risky Lease Option Deals
Sydney Morning Herald, 24/12/2004, Dangers of lending scheme hit home.
In Sieve-storm v Murphy an owner was released from two lease option agreements because the documentation didn’t comply with conveyancing laws in New South Wales.
In Le v Tran  NSWSC 632 the court didn’t find a lease option agreement misleading and deceptive or unconscionable as argued by the tenant buyer and ordered that $99,000 be paid for rent arrears and option payment arrears. The agreement was with an ‘intermediary’ who had a power of attorney over the property.
In Evolution Lifestyles v Clarke, the vendor sought possession for payment arrears. The court found that the rent-to-buy contract was unjust and ordered vendor to pay purchaser $115,000 compensation (September 2016)
Rowan Lines compensation for rent to buy deals (5/11/15)
Enforceable undertaking (James Monaghan) also mentions Ben Chislett. April 2015 (same link as above)
CCCT 13-02120 (tenancy hearing re option to purchase)
“Deceptive” promoters of ‘rent to buy’ property deals acted illegally (No Loan Home Pty Ltd/ Butkovic)
Johnstone v Poralka Investents Pty Ltd  SADC 87 (4 July 2008) Rent-to-buy contract void due to mistake of fact. Refers to illegality of vendor finance in South Australia.