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Before moving into a property there are a few things worth taking into consideration.

Signing a tenancy agreement.

A Residential Tenancy Agreement should include information such as:

  • Location of the property
  • Total rent
  • Amount of the bond
  • Commencement and end date of your tenancy
  • The landlords' name
  • The date the tenancy agreement is signed.
  • Whether the tenant is under the age of 18.
  • The rent amount and frequency of payments.
  • The place or bank account number where the rent is to be paid.

NOTE: Always read through the tenancy agreement carefully. Do not hesitate to ask questions about what it is you’re signing.

Once a tenancy agreement is signed you are obligated to keep up the following responsibilities and duties:

  • Keep the property clean
  • Inform the property manager of damage/maintenance requests asap
  • Stick to the rules and regulations of the tenancy agreement, keeping a copy for yourself is handy
  • Do not take part in anything illegal on the property 
  • Avoid disturbing neighbours 
  • Keep loud music and excess noise to a minimum
  • Keep any pets you have secured at all times

After signing the tenancy agreement, you should be issued a Condition Report. This allows you to record down any damages or issues present in the house you’re moving into. Taking photos is also a great way to document the condition of the property prior to moving in. Giving this report back to the property manager allows you to discuss any issues you have with the property and safeguards you for being liable for previous damage.