My son has been under a Mental health specialist for aprox 8 months suffering depression. He was prescribed new

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Customer: My son has been under a Mental health specialist for aprox 8 months suffering depression. He was prescribed new medication at Christmas which has resulted in him now suffering sever manic episode. During the last month, he has gone on a huge spending spree and entered into a lease for an office block. His business does not warrent the offices and was a result of his mental state of unrealistic business ideas. The lease was signed on 8th March and he was admitted as an inpatient at a local Mental Health unit on 12th March - only being in the offices for 5 days. We immediately contacted the estate agent to advise of the situation and that he could not continue with the lease. He simply does not have any further money and is now looking at loosing his $6600 security bond (total paid for bond and advance was $9990). We have received letters from mental health stating he is not capable of making financial decisions but they are telling us that he will not receive any funds back. They have admitted that they did not want to rent to him at the time and only did so as he had the bond upfront. The landlord is a Dr of whom we would have thought would understand this terrible disease. He is going to potentially be in hospital for up to 2-3 months with no source of income (as he is a personal trainer). Our biggest fear is that when he is well again and realizes that he has lost all of his savings that he may become depressed again and consider suicide. Is there any legal loophole that covers mental health? We are desperate.
JA: What state is your son in? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: Queensland
JA: What steps has he taken so far?
Customer: We have contacted real estate and landlord
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Customer: I don't know
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Hi! You’re speaking with John Melis, a solicitor in Australia.

Your son will have a potential claim of discrimination. On that basis, your son would be able to sue for compensation against the other party.

Additionally, your son is entitled to the full bond back.

The Queensland Civil Administrative Tribunal "QCAT" is perfect for meditating disputes. It brings parties together to discuss the issues involved.

In most cases, the matter will settle.

You can download the application from the tribunal website.

The following link will assist you further:

www.qcat.qld.gov.au

You draft the complaint in numbered order, detailing the issue and what action you have taken to rectify the matter.

There are help menus on the website that will help you complete the application.

After you lodge your application, you will receive an email from the tribunal with the next steps to action.

​If there is anything else, big or small, that I can help you with today, please let me know.

I thank you for reaching out today.

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Thank you for your advice. We will fill in application as suggested. How successful do you think this will be. Is the discrimination claim over and above contacting QCAT. Is it discrimination for mental health. At this stage my son is still in the Manic episode and still very delusional
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