APPLYING FOR THE PROPERTYY
You’ve finally found the property you love and know it is the right one for you but do you know what is involved in renting a property? We have created a check list of some of the important things you need to know before signing your first tenancy agreement.
Applying for the property
When renting for the first time, most tenants worry about not being able to show their rental history because you don’t have one; there are several things you can do to have a stronger supporting background for your application.
Usually, the reason for wanting to know your rental history is to prove to the property manager that you are able to pay your rent on time, every time.
The information you provide obviously depends on your previous housing situation. For instance, if you resided at a hostel as a student, you may provide the details of your hostel manager or the person in charge of the student accommodation. If you have just sold your own property, the agent who oversaw the sale of your house may act as your reference. If you own your home, you could try supplying a rates/council invoice to support your application.
Some of the documents that you can provide to the property manager to help them make expedited decisions and actions include:
Documents provided upon signing the tenancy agreement
As a tenant, you will need to provide copies of documents to your property manager at the time you meet to sign the tenancy agreement. Documents can vary slightly from one state to another, but the following ones are often issued under most jurisdictions:
A tenancy agreement for a residence is a written legal contract between the tenant and the property manager or landlord; also referred to as a lease agreement. This is issued to tenants before making any payments or committing to the tenancy. It is very important that a tenant reads the agreement and ask questions for clarification of any items you may not understand.
There are some common things usually contained in the tenancy agreement which includes the following:
The Tenancy Bond (or the Bond) is a payment made as an aside to the rent. The Bond acts as a security to the property manager or owner, should the tenant fail to abide by the terms of the tenancy agreement. Part of or entire bond amount may be withheld by the property manager at the end of the agreement period should the property need cleaning, repainting or any other repairs. As the Bond is held at the bonds office and is a completely different payment from rent, the tenant cannot request the property manager to keep it as rent for the last month of your lease agreement.
Tenancy condition report
This is prepared by the property manager and documents the general status of the rented property. It is required that the tenant checks the condition report and ensure that the property is sufficiently documented at the beginning of the tenancy. It is also advisable to take photos of different parts of the property before moving in, and then provide copies to the property agent as a proof of the original condition. Since the condition report may be used when a dispute arises concerning who should pay for the repair costs, the potential tenants should check the condition report carefully and confirm every detail of it. Tenants are allowed by law to take a couple of days to countercheck the details included in the condition report so as to avoid any disagreements. Any area where you do not agree with the property manager’s details on the condition should be stated clearly. The report should then be returned to the property manager’s office within the stipulated deadline. You should ensure that both you and the manager are in agreement with what is included in the report before putting your signature on it.
Routine property inspection
Periodic inspections may be done to ensure that the tenant is taking care of the property. Some things that occur during the inspection include:
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