Time and time again we have tenants who, in amidst of moving and the excitement of a new home, forget to inspect the property with a fine-tooth comb ensuring the condition report hasn’t missed anything. A lot of people write it off as an unnecessary action, though this can come back and bite you in the behind if you’re not careful.
A condition report is a report made up of the current state of the property prior to you gaining access. It states the general condition of the property as well as any damages before you’ve moved in. It’s not unusual for an agent to miss a few things as they are generally working fast to get you moved in. So, it’s important that you pick up those missed items to save any confusion in the end.
The problem is, if you don’t fill in your condition report and there are some damages that no one was aware of, you will most likely be held liable to fix it up. This is your reassurance that you don’t end the lease in such conflicts and into VCAT.
When you get the keys to your property, take the time and go through every aspect of the property before you move your furniture in. Fill in your half of the condition report, have it sent straight back to the agent and all signed off. Once it’s done, you’ve protected yourself from any unforeseen heartache when you decide to move out as well as money on repairs for damages you didn’t do.
The following advice is of a general nature and intended as an opinion and broad guide. For all legal, financial or real estate advice you should obtain independent professional advice to do with the specific nature of your circumstances before making any legal, financial or real estate decisions.