Know your rights and obligations as a tenant
As you begin the process to rent a property a Residential Tenancy Agreement (Lease) will be drawn up and it is a legal contract that both the tenant and the landlord must abide by. A lease will contain information such as:
- The location of the rented premises
- The amount of rent to be paid
- The amount of the bond
- Commencement date and end date for your tenancy
- Landlords Name/s
- Tenants Name/s
When you sign your lease you will also be given a booklet from Consumer Affairs called “Renting a Home – A guide for tenants”.
When renting it is important to know who is responsible for what issue around your home. As a tenant you are obliged to:
- Communicate with your agent/landlord and keep them informed of any problems
- Make sure you pay your rent on time and are always 2 weeks ahead
- Keep all records such as rent receipts
- Keep your property clean so as to avoid any issues at inspection time
- Refrain from causing any damage to the property
- Put any requests for maintenance in writing to the agent/landlord
- Ask the landlords permission to install fixtures
- Do not participate in anything illegal on the property
The landlord is required to:
- Keep the premises that you are renting in a good condition
- Ensure the property is secure and all locks on doors and windows are in good working condition.
- Avoid disturbing the tenant unnecessarily.
Once you have signed a tenancy agreement (lease) and paid your bond you will be provided with a condition report. This records the condition of the property at the time you took possession. The tenant will need to check this carefully and discuss any issues with the landlord/agent.