Know your rights as a tenant

Before deciding to rent a property there are a few rules and regulations that you need to take into consideration. A Residential Tenancy Agreement or ‘Lease’ will be drawn up and is the legal contract that both you and your landlord must abide by.

A lease should include information such as:
  • Address of the property
  • Total weekly rent
  • Amount of the bond
  • Commencement and end date of your tenancy
  • The landlords’ name
Tip: Never sign a blank form. If you do not understand something, then contact the correct establishments and ask for advice.

It is important to know your responsibilities when renting. During your tenancy little problems can turn into big problems. If you are not aware of who is responsible for taking care of the issues that may arise, please refer to your Lease/Tenancy Agreement for correct details.

As a tenant you are obliged to do the following:
  • Keep the property clean, tidy and free of excess rubbish
  • Not cause damage to the premises
  • Inform the landlord asap if any damage occurrs
  • Ask for the landlords permission to install fixtures or make alterations, renovations etc
  • Avoid causing a nuisance to the neighbours
  • Do not participate in anything illegal on the property

The landlord is obliged to:
  • Keep the premises in good repair
  • Ensure the security of the property by making sure all doors have locks and windows are secure
  • Immediately provide the tenant with a key after changing any locks
  • Avoid disturbing the tenant unnecessarily

Once you have signed a Lease / Tenancy Agreement and paid a bond you should be provided with a Condition Report. This report records the condition of the property. Check this report carefully and immediately discuss any issues you may have with the landlord.

Note: Your copy of the Condition Report must be retuned to our office within 7 days from the commencement of your Lease. If it is not returned signed by all parties, our agency copy alone will be referenced at the end of your Lease.