Some handy hints to help you when renting a home.

The condition report

Before your tenancy begins, your property manager will inspect the property and record the condition of the premises on a condition report. As the tenant you must then inspect the premises and complete the tenant section of this condition report to see if you are in agreement or disagreement with the condition of the various listed features. A copy must be returned to the landlord/property manager within seven days of receiving it, keeping the second copy for yourself as a record, to be used at the end of the tenancy.

Check who pays the water rates

Under your residential tenancy agreement you may or may not be required to pay the water rates on your rental property. A property owner can charge a tenant for water consumption where:

·   A water authority makes a separate charge for water consumption.

·   The premises are equipped with a device that calculates the amount of water used at the premises.

Lodging your bond and paying rent in advance

Your bond is security for the landlord if you stop paying rent or damage the property. It is the equivalent of four weeks rent. The property manager will lodge the money with the Rental Deposit Authority. If all is in order you can claim the bond at the end of the tenancy and receive a refund. You must generally also pay a minimum of two weeks rent at the start of the lease.

Payment of your rent

You and the landlord will agree on the rent you will pay and the method of payment before you move in. Rent can be paid weekly, fortnightly or monthly and can be done via direct debit. The agent must give you at least 60 days’ written notice if they want to increase the rent, subject to the terms of the rental agreement. We have a zero-tolerance for rent arrears. In the instance that you are having trouble meeting your payment commitments please contact your Property Manager to discuss.

Routine Inspections

You will be given a minimum of seven days’ notice prior to entry. You can expect an initial inspection within the first 2 months, followed by further inspections every 3-4 months.

Your property will be inspected routinely during your tenancy. The purpose of these inspections is to advise the owner of the condition of the property and how it is being maintained. These inspections also give you the opportunity to point out any repairs and maintenance required.