Tips for Tenants

Finding the right property for you.

Firstly you should think about the cost of the property, this includes the upfront costs such as the bond and rent in advance. Then you have the ongoing costs of weekly rent, utilities, pool costs if there is one and any upkeep such as lawn mowing or gardening. The next thing you should look at is dose the property meet your family requirements, this includes things like are there enough bedrooms and are they the size your family needs. Is the yard too big or too small. Does the property have an air conditioner, gas point, type of hot water system, fire place, dishwasher or patio, these are the things you should be aware of when you attend the viewing for the property. The final thing you should be looking at is where the property is located. Is the property near a good school, shopping center or public transport, anything your family may need close to home.

Filling in the application.

When filling in the application you should fill in an applicants details for all proposed tenants 18 and over, even if they will not be on the lease they will need to be approved tenants and we will still need to assess them. All tenants under 18 will not be required to fill in an applicants details unless you intend on being on the lease agreement. If you are a smoker and only smoke outside, it would be a good idea to wright this on the application. If you have a pet you could ask the agent for a pet application, if they cannot supply one you could write an information page about how wonderful you pet is and include a photo with your application. When it comes to your personal references, if you know anyone in a position of authority or someone perceived to be of a moral high standing such as a priest, they will make a great reference. Supplying 100 points of ID and payslips will assist the property manager during the process, the best forms if ID is an Australian drivers license, passport if you do not have one, Medicare care card and a bank card, all should be printed in colour and the originals should be sighted by the property manager. If you are emailing your application in to the property manager you should always follow up with a phone call to ensure your application has been received and to check if there is anything else they may require.

After acceptance

When you have been approved for a property you will be required to provide the bond and the rent in advance. The keys to the property cannot be released until this has been paid in full. The bond can be made up of up to 4 weeks rent and $260 for a pet bond if you have been accepted to have a pet. You will then be required to read and sign the lease agreement provided you have a full understanding of the contract. The Form 1AA – Residential Tenancy Agreement will outline your rights and obligation and the owners rights and obligations, you should read the contract carefully as it is a binding agreement. The lease agreement may be a fixed term agreement which is usually a 6 month or a 12 month agreement, this will mean you will be responsible for the property and meeting all of the conditions on the lease agreement for that length of time. The lease agreement may be a periodical agreement which means you are responsible for the property until you give notice. Once you have read and you understand the lease agreement you can then sign the agreement. You will receive a copy of the agreement, provided the bond and rent in advance has been paid you will also receive the keys and sign a photocopy of the keys you receive of which a copy is provided to you. You are now ready to move in.

Property condition report.

You will receive 2 copies of the property condition report along with photos, if this cannot be provided at the lease signing it will be provided within 7 days of of your move in date. You will have a further 7 days to amend any changes to both copies, sing both copies and return one copy to your property manager.

The property manager will have signed both copies before providing it to you. You must go through the report and check it against the property to ensure all the information is correct. Ensure you check all doors, windows, locks, blinds and all appliances.

If the property condition report states the item is of good condition and working but it is not and you did not add it to your notes on the report, you may end up being responsible for the repair at the end of your tenancy as the condition of the property must match the property condition report at the end of the tenancy allowing for wear and tear.