Tenant sues over faulty light

12 January 2021
Lea Emery
A GOLD Coast mine worker wants $308,000 compensation after he allegedly suffered an electric shock and was thrown from his ladder when changing a light bulb.

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Tenant sues over faulty light 

A GOLD Coast mine worker wants $308,000 compensation after he allegedly suffered an electric shock and was thrown from his ladder when changing a light bulb.

 

Robert Leslie Hawkins claims he had requested multiple times that his real estate agent, Jean Brown Properties , have the electrics checked in his rented home after bulbs in a chandelier kept blowing.

 

In documents filed in the Southport District Court, Mr Hawkins alleges he had been told by the agent that an electrician had checked the wiring and found no issues.

 

It is alleged in the court documents that the agent told him he would not be refunded his $3000 bond if he did not change the bulbs. It is claimed that the agent and homeowner, Michelle Parker , did not have the electrics checked, and Mr Hawkins was thrown from his ladder as he changed a bulb in the Monterey Keys home on October 18, 2018.

 

The 59-year-old has made a claim against Ms Parker and Jean Brown Properties seeking compensation for his injury.

 

Mr Hawkins alleges Ms Parker and Jean Brown Properties failed to take steps to repair the faulty wiring and ensure the premises were fit for him to live in. He claims he was left with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the electric shock, it is alleged in the court documents.

 

He reported the issue several times and decided to move out on October 2018 and refused to change the light bulbs due to his concerns over the electrical wiring.

 

It is claimed that on October 17, 2018, Jean Brown, from Jean Brown Properties, told Mr Hawkins an electrician had attended the premises and found no problems with the wiring and he would not receive his $3000 bond if he did not change the light bulbs.

 

A day later, Mr Hawkins claims he changed the bulbs and “was electrocuted and thrown off the ladder” , it is alleged in the court documents. They also claim that an electrician went to the property between October 19 and 24, 2018 and “replaced faulty chandelier with LED oyster – to light circuit” and installed a residual current device.

 

Ms Parker and Jean Brown Properties are yet to file a defence.

 

 

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