Home siege leaves bill for tens of thousands in damage

A rental property that was the scene of a recent marathon siege on the Gold Coast has prompted a landlord insurance claim likely to run to tens of thousands of dollars.

 “The property has been totally trashed,” said EBM Insurance Brokers’ RentCover General Manager, Sharon Fox-Slater.

“Every window and a number of walls were smashed. Most of the walls which weren’t smashed had graffiti all over them. And there was also a small fire,” she said.

“However, we are so thankful that no-one got hurt,” Ms Fox-Slater said.

The owner of the property had a RentCover policy from EBM Insurance Brokers which covers not only tenant damage but the rent they will miss out on while repairs are made and the property is re-let.

Ms Fox-Slater warned that it was quite common for tenants to smash up properties if their relationship with the landlord or property manager turned sour and having adequate insurance cover was vital for property investors to be able to cover their costs.

“Property investors think it will never happen to them but RentCover sees examples of tenants smashing properties all the time. This incident provides a timely reminder about the importance of landlord insurance.”

Police arrested Jamie Ross Odering, 31, after he surrendered – more than a day after an emergency situation was declared.

He allegedly threatened to blow up the house where he’d taken refuge with gas bottles stockpiled inside.
Odering has been charged with one count of threatening violence.