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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.