Guide to Leasing

Information for tenants and landlords

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FOR THE TENANT

One of the most valuable things you can have is a clean rental ledger that shows you have paid your rent on time, when it comes to applying for a property this is extremely beneficial. Before you sign the lease, make sure you read it thoroughly. If there is anything in the lease that you do not understand, ask questions. Remember, you are committing to a legally binding contract with no cooling-off period. You want to be certain you understand and agree to what you are signing. 

TENANT OBLIGATIONS

  • Pay the rent on time
  • Read the lease and understand the terms
  • Abide by the terms of the tenancy agreement
  • Respect your neighbours’ right to peace and quiet
  • Keep the property clean and undamaged
  • Do not permit the premises to be used for an illegal purpose
  • Return property in substantially the same condition it was in when you moved in, fair wear and tear is excepted

DOCUMENTS TENANT MUST PROVIDE

  • Verification of employment
  • Verification of income ie. payslips
  • Reference from employer or fellow staff member
  • Signed privacy statement
  • Last gas/electricity/phone bill or rates notice
  • Photo identification - driver's licence/passport totalling 100 points
  • Previous rental ledger

FOR THE LANDLORD

Being a good landlord takes a little more effort than just sitting back and collecting the rent. Common to all states and territories is the fact that landlords need to guarantee the safety of any rented property and its fixed appliances and contents, which extends to areas like maintenance and even health. It's not necessary to spend excessive amounts of money, all that's required is a clean house where everything is in working order.

LANDLORD OBLIGATIONS

  • Carry out repairs and maintenance to a high standard
  • Ensure property is clean and vacant
  • Allow the tenant quite and peaceful enjoyment of the premises
  • Ensure external doors have locks and windows can be secured
  • Provide a key to every lock

DOCUMENTS TO BE PROVIDED

  • Smoke alarm certification and maintenance program
  • Pool safety compliance certificate
  • Water efficiency certificate
  • Signed agency agreement