Before deciding to rent a property there are a few rules and regulations that you need to take into consideration. A Residential Tenancy Agreement or ‘lease’ will be drawn up and is the legal contract that both you and your landlord must abide by. A lease 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 agency details
Tenants should make sure a property matches their needs before signing a tenancy agreement.
They should also read the agreement and any special terms carefully before signing it.
- Is the property the right size?
- Is it in the right location for work and social activities?
- Is it suitable for pets or children?
- Can you maintain the property? (e.g. can you look after a pool, or large garden?)
- Does the property have the facilities you need? (e.g. does it have a broadband connection? If not, can it be added and who will pay for these services to be made available?
- Will you have to pay for water usage?
- Will there be additional costs for occasional garden maintenance? (e.g. disposing of green waste, tree pruning)
- If there are gas bottles, will they be filled at the start of the tenancy and will a receipt be provided?
- Does the property have the level of security you require? (e.g. screens on windows)