Renting Checklist – What should I know before renting?
Before renting a property, make sure you:
Understand what you are entitled to as the tenant
Understand what is expected of you by the landlord/agent
To ensure a hassle-free renting experience, please read our checklists below.
Your Entitlements as a Tenant
Read the lease document and make sure you understand all of the terms and conditions.
Check to see who pays for items such as water rates, who is responsible for repairing essential services such as water heaters, plumbing, electricity etc. and who must look after any gardens/lawns.
If nothing is mentioned, or you are unclear, ask the questions and have it added into the lease so there will be no discrepancies.
You are entitled to a receipt that confirms how much rental bond you have paid. Also, the landlord/agent should confirm that your bond has been lodged with the relevant state government office or financial institution.
You’re entitled to notify the agent in writing of any damage already sustained to the property before you move in, so you are not liable for it.
If you are uncertain about something in your lease, you are also able to contact the Department of Fair Trading in your state who can provide guidance. Click below for your state’s department.
It can be expensive to borrow small amounts of money and borrowing may not solve your money problems.
Check your options before you borrow:
For more information about other options for managing bills and debts, ring 1800 007 007 from anywhere in Australia to talk to a free and independent financial counsellor.