Renting Tips

Things a tenant should consider when looking to rent a property

Establish a price range that you can afford. Rember to rent a home means entering into a legally binding contract known as a Residential Lease. This is enforcable at law if you do not meet your obligations.

With this in mind draw up a short list of requirements to consider in your property selection. An example might be:

 

  • Garaging.
  • Size of yard, mowing, fencing.
  • Proximity to shops, schools and public transport.
  • 2 Storey, Single storey etc
  • Condition of the property ie future maintenance etc.

Length of Lease. This is important as protects both you as a tenant and the owner.

An application form will need to be completed. In this we are looking for details of previous rental history so that we can confirm suitability. The best reference is the printout of rent payment history from a previous tenancy.If you do not have a rental history, do not worry, other arrangements can be made.

Most Landlords require that a bond of 4 weeks rent be paid for unfurnished and furnished properties. The first two weeks rent is required at signing of the lease so that agreement starts with rent in advance and should stay that way!

Rent can be paid in the traditional manner of cash or cheque at the agents office however tenants are increasingly using the convenience of bank transfer or credit cards that allow for rent to be paid by internet or phone.

Tenants will need to make arrangements for connection of telephone & electricity. Locally these are Origin Energy (132356) or your specied electricity company. Water usage costs are passed on to the tenants and are billed quarterly.

Tenants are responsible for keeping the property in a reasonable state of cleanliness. They must notify the agent of any damage to the premises as soon as possible and preferably in writing. A tenant cannot, except with the landlords written permission, attach any fixture or make any renovation, alteration or addition to the premises.

Routine inspections are carried out 3 months after the commencement of the lease, then 4 monthly thereafter until the conclusion of the tenancy. Routine inspections are to both check on the way the tenant maintains the property as well as identifying any potential maintenance issues before they become major concerns.

After the completion of the fixed term of the tenancy agreement the tenancy can continue under the same terms and conditions as the original agreement until either the tenant gives 21 days written notice of their intention to vacate or the landlord gives the tenant 90 days notice that they require vacant possession.