Understanding your rights and responsibilities as a tenant will help ensure your lease period goes by without a hitch.
As a tenant of a rental property you have a range of rights and responsibilities you need to meet under the terms of your lease agreement.
Whether you’re moving in, mid-way through your lease, or getting ready to move out, here are the rights and responsibilities you need to keep in mind:
- At the beginning of your leaseFirst thing’s first – make sure your understand the terms of your lease agreement before signing it. If everything is satisfactory, sign the agreement and keep a copy in a safe place so you can refer back to it if any issues arise.
You’ll also need to pay your bond and complete a Bond Lodgement form. Your property manager will submit this to the appropriate authority in your state and issue you with a receipt. Ensure you hold onto the receipt for the full term of your lease.
After paying your bond, you’ll also need to complete a condition report. Any existing damage should be clearly detailed in the condition report, so be careful not to overlook anything — otherwise you might have to forfeit part of your bond when you move out.
- During your leaseCommunication is key when it comes to ensuring your rental property is properly maintained during your stay. Report any maintenance issues – even minor ones – to your property manager straight away so you landlord can make the necessary repairs before little problems turn into big ones.
Of course, you’ll also need to pay your rent on time and allow your property manager access to the property to conduct regular inspections. Keeping your rental property clean and well presented will ensure you pass inspections with flying colours and keep your landlord happy.Any other requests, such as subletting to a new housemate, should be put to your property manager in writing.
- At the end of your leaseBefore moving out you’ll need to give notice to your property manager in writing. The amount of notice you’re required to provide will be set out in your lease agreement, and you’ll also need to pay any outstanding rent.
When it comes to moving out, you’ll need to take all your belongings with you and thoroughly clean the property keeping in mind any special conditions that may be listed in your lease agreement.
Then it’s time to complete a Bond Claim form. If any disputes arise about returning your bond to you, refer to the condition report you signed when moving in. Any existing damage listed in the condition report is not your responsibility.
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.