Guide to Renting

Renting should be a simple and straight forward process.  You can avoid problems by:

  • paying your rent on time
  • looking after the property as if it was your own
  • making an effort to make sure the property is well presented for any rental inspections
  • updating the landlord on any damage of maintenance issues as soon as they occur and requesting permission for anything that needs doing (eg: picture hooks, painting, improvements)
  • seeking permission for any changes to the lease (eg: additional/different people on the lease)
  • retaining all documents about the tenancy in a safe place for the duration of your tenancy, including the condition report and any photos, the tenancy agreement, any letters, and payment receipts, etc
  • respecting your neighbours by adhering to any strata bylaws or communal property rules where applicable
  • giving adequate notice if you plan to move out, in accordance with the terms of your tenancy agreement
  • being familiar with the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords in your state or territory, and seeking guidance from local tenant advocacy organisations if things go wrong