What happens next?
You will be required to pay two (2) weeks rent as a holding deposit within 48 hours of being accepted.
You will receive an email from your property manager which will include details on how to pay your deposit and confirmation of your sign up date and time.
Prior to signing your Tenancy Agreement you will required to pay a rental bond as a form of security for the landlord against breaches of the Residential Tenancy Agreement. The amount of bond to be paid varies according to the type of property involved, and can be summarised as follows:
- Four weeks rent where there is a rent of $250 per week or less
- Six weeks rent where there is a rent of $251 or more per week
The Residential Tenancy Agreement will state when you are able to take possession of the property (i.e. the day on which your tenancy commences). You will be required to pay rent from that date even if you move into the property later. Rent may be paid on a mutually agreeable basis either fortnightly or monthly (this will be stipulated in your lease agreement).
Condition of premises
You will receive an ingoing inspection report which is a record of the condition of the property at the beginning of your tenancy.
It is your responsibility to note any discrepancies on the ingoing inspection form and return to our office signed within 14 days of receipt.
Rent is to be paid in advance as set out in the Residential Tenancy Agreement. If at any time you cannot pay the rent when it is due, it is important that you inform the agent and make arrangements for payment. If you allow overdue payments to mount up the agent would be entitled to terminate your Residential Tenancy Agreement.
Can I change the locks?
The changing of locks or other security devices are alterations which should not be conducted without the written consent of the landlord. It's always a good idea to ensure that you have a spare key in the event that you are locked out. Keys held by the agent are for their use in case access to the property is required in an emergency.
What privacy do I have renting a property?
You have the right to use and occupy the premises without unreasonable interference from the landlord or their agent. However, they do have the right of access when it is necessary to inspect the premises or carry out repairs.
The Residential Tenancy Agreement permits access between certain times on any day except Sunday or public holidays as long as it is mutually convenient. Access may be obtained at any time, however, with your consent or in an emergency.
Care of the premises
Your Agreement requires that you do not damage the property and that you keep it clean and tidy. Do not fix posters or pictures to the wall or make alterations to the premises without the consent of the landlord.
Do I have to maintain the garden?
If you are renting a property you are required to keep the grounds and gardens tidy and free from rubbish. This includes mowing the lawns and generally keeping the garden in order.
Can I have pets at the property?
The Residential Tenancy Agreement expressly forbids you to have pets in the property without the landlord's consent. If you have a pet, advise the agent and do not attempt to conceal the fact as this could create a problem for all parties.
My property needs repairs
Notify the agent promptly of any damage or defect in the premises, regardless of how it may have been caused. You should be prepared to pay for the repairs if damage has been caused by your carelessness, negligence or failure to observe the conditions of the Residential Tenancy Agreement. In other circumstances the agent will arrange for damage to be repaired at the landlords’ expense if it affects your use of the property.
What do I need to do when I vacate the property?
The Residential Tenancy Agreement provides for the notice you must give before vacating the property.
In preparing to leave make sure that the property will be left clean inside, windows, blinds, walls and woodwork should be cleaned. Pay particular attention to the stove, oven and griller in the kitchen. Special attention should also be paid to cleaning the bathroom when preparing to vacate.
Make sure all of your belongings are removed from the property and that any rubbish is removed.