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What to do before Renting

The first thing to do before you rent a home is to ensure the location is convenient for you by way of transport, schools and shopping. When you have settled on a suitable area and premises, make your way to the agency which has it listed. Once you express an interest you will be given a key to inspect the inside of the home to ensure that it really is suitable for your needs. If you re happy with its condition and the rental fee charged, then it is time to check out the lease.

Before signing, ensure you read it carefully and are aware of any extra fees that may be listed to be paid by you. These could include yard maintenance if the owner prefers to have it taken care of, and also water usage charges. If you are not happy with something and the owner is not willing to negotiate then simply do not sign. If you do choose to go ahead with the rental and sign the lease, you will be required to pay a bond and at least two weeks rent ahead. Ensure you obtain a receipt for both transactions and that the bond has been lodged within the specified time frame. They must be given to you immediately by the landlord or his property managers Brisbane. You will then have a receipt from the Rental Bond Authority mailed to you as well in acknowledgement of the bond having been lodged.

Having paid the bond, along with the keys you will be given a Condition Report form by the landlord or his Brisbane property managers on which you should list any damages or defects you notice before you actually move in. You then return it to the agency which will provide you with a copy. Be thorough in your search so that you won’t be charged for something you are not responsible for and keep your copy safe for future reference. Also be aware of your obligations to the landlord during your tenancy and ensure the premises are always clean and free of vermin and the outdoors neat and well maintained. As well as your obligations you should be clearly aware of your rights as well.

Your landlord is required by law to list extra fees on the lease before signing, to have working smoke alarms installed, and to give adequate notice when he intends to enter the property when it is necessary. One example of necessary entry is when he has to make repairs on defective fixtures within the home such as hot water systems, stoves and fans. You must allow regular property checks to be carried out by the landlord or his management. If all obligations are carried out there will be no problems during the tenancy.

A Tenant’s Needs Should be Important Too

In a rental agreement you might be thinking that the person with the decisions to make is really the lessor, or landlord, however as a tenant it is important to recognize that you have a say in the property that you rent too. When searching through Brisbane real estate for a home, unit or apartment to rent you have to be certain that the location you have found is realistically going to offer you all the amenities that you need to feel comfortable and call it a home.

You want to be certain, before you sign a lease agreement, that this location has the amount of space you need, offers the in-home amenities you need to live, is in a good location and is safe. For a family, it is rather impractical to seek out a one bedroom apartment or home, or if it is a single individual then too much room can be considered a waste of space. If you need your rental home to have a washer and dryer, refrigerator, dishwasher etc., those are also considerations that need to be made before you decide that this is the place for you.

When determining whether or not the location of a rental property is right for you it is important to consider the places that you frequent the most, are they within a ten minute radius from this location? Are you comfortable with the distance that they are from your home? You should also consider the part of town that the apartment you are interested in is at. If you are in a community that has higher crime rates, which can be typically found online from your local police department, then perhaps you should reconsider your decision.

Another important consideration to assess in your decision to rent a property are the requirements of the property managers Brisbane, you want to ensure that you can meet all their provisions for living in their home. Part of this entails that you read through the leasing agreement thoroughly, from the first to the last page, to ensure that you understand all their requirements and the penalties for non-compliance. Your property managers Brisbane can further explain to you what he or she allows and does not allow on the property, for instance some will not allow you to garden or will not allow you to paint your walls.

As a new tenant you should be certain that your potential new home is clean and to your standards of living. If for some instance it is not don’t be afraid to thank your Brisbane real estate professional and ask to see the next
property. You have a say in your next home too!

Renting A Property? Your Rights & Responsibilities

To take some of the pressure off persons or families that may be thinking of moving into a rental property, there are some substantial rules set out by the Residential Tenancies Authority, to help people understand what is expected of them when living in and caring for a rental property. Everyone wants to be able to settle down into a routine once moved in without unexpected dramas. These guidelines are set to assist people to live peacefully in their rental accommodation for the length of their tenancy agreement. So just what are your rights and responsibilities, and what can you expect during your stay in your rental home?

Brisbane property managers can help to ensure you know all the ins and outs of renting. Firstly you have the right to be provided with premises that are fit to live in. This means that the house should be clean and in good repair. The property should also have reasonable security, by way of working locks and keys in good order. During your stay, the landlord should not interfere in any way with your use of the property, your peace or privacy. If the landlord, or lessor, wish to enter the property for the purpose of inspection or repairs, they will need to notify you in writing.

As tenants of the property you have the responsibility of abiding by your lease agreement. This can vary, so make sure you are clear on your agreement. Your property management Brisbane agent can help with this. Usually it contains basic responsibilities such as paying your rent on time, maintaining the property and reporting any problems or damage promptly. You are also agreeing to use the premises for legal purposes and respect the rights of your neighbours by not causing or permitting a nuisance or infringing upon their privacy. Should you wish to make any changes that are not included on your lease agreement, such as getting a pet, or taking in a boarder it is essential that you seek approval from the landlord or lessor.

When landlord or lessor and tenants are aware of their rights and responsibilities, it can go a long way towards having a mutually respectful relationship. All property owners want to ensure their investments are taken care of and usually go to any necessary lengths to keep good tenants in their properties. Most tenants don’t want to be moving every six months or so and are therefore usually careful to meet their responsibilities to ensure lengthier tenancy. When all parties work together, home sweet home can be just that!

Maintaining a Rental Property. Who is Responsible?

Many people opt to rent a home rather than buy, for many different reasons. But if you are new to renting a property you may ask, who is responsible for maintenance at the property. All houses need a certain amount of maintenance and upkeep and are subject to wear and tear. After all, they can’t stay new forever. So what happens if, you have a leaky kitchen tap, or a tile in the bathroom comes loose? Maybe one of the hinges on a kitchen cupboard has broken. So do you run to the hardware store and attempt to fix it? Seemingly these are simple jobs, but are they the tenant’s responsibility? Read more

A Few Words On Tenancy Agreements

The tenancy agreement is a very important piece of paperwork involved in rentals. It is a legal agreement between the landlord, real estate and tenant stipulating the rules regarding the rental property. These rules are expected to be abided by at all times and failure to do so results in a breach of contract. Tenancy agreements do not only cover the landlord but also the tenant. When a tenant has signed a tenancy agreement it is expected that whilst they respect the property they are in, their privacy and right to quiet enjoyment of the property is also respected. Read more

Locking up. Who Has The Keys?

Most houses these days come with a variety of keys for various rooms, cupboards and or buildings on the premises. Of course there are the usual front and back door and security screen keys, but then there may be windows, garages,

garden sheds and perhaps a free standing laundry all with different locks and keys. Deadlocks may be fitted to external doors often requiring a different key again. All these locks and keys have the purpose of keeping the property secure. So when leasing a property, who is entitled to copies of all these keys?

As a general rule both lessor/agent and tenant are required to have copies of all keys. The tenant should be provided with at least one of each key, for each lock on the property. If multiple names are on the tenancy agreement then each person on said agreement should be provided with keys which allow access to both the property via roads, gates etc and the keys which provide access to the house (front and rear doors). When renting through a real estate Brisbane, the agent handling your rental home will make a record of these keys and require a signature from the tenants in possession of the keys.

If either party wishes to change locks on the property for any reason this should be arranged with your property management Brisbanef agent. Both parties need to be in agreement of such changes, and neither party should withhold their consent for such a request without reasonable cause. When changing locks both tenant and property manager should be given copies of the new keys and the key register should be updated and new signatures acquired to accommodate these changes. The only exception to this rule would be if there were standing orders to the contrary from the Tribunal governing rental agreements.

On expiry of the rental agreement or lease, all keys which were signed for should be returned to the lessor or agent. This is important as it ensures that all keys are accounted for and can be passed on to the next tenants. If any keys are missing or lost, the lessor or agent should be notified as soon as possible so that appropriate actions can be taken. Everyone wants to feel that they are secure within the home, and proper management of keys connected to a property can ensure that each tenant leasing the home can have peace of mind, and ease of access to their new rental home.

Rental Bonds. What Are They?

A rental bond is a predetermined payment, paid by the tenant, to the landlord or rental agency. The amount varies but is often the equivalent of 4 weeks rent if the weekly rent is $700 or less. If the weekly rent is above $700 per week there is no bond amount limit. A bond is not the same as rent paid in advance, but is paid in addition to any advanced rent payment. The payment of a rental bond is designed to provide security to the landlord for any breach of contract by the tenant in relation to care and maintenance of the property. Read more

New Pool Safety Laws

The summer months are a fantastic time of year. It is a time of lazy afternoon BBQs, warm summer sun, and of course, swimming. For those lucky enough to have swimming pools, there is a great responsibility with such a luxury. Too many lives are lost through swimming areas not being properly fenced especially where young lives are concerned. The new pool laws are set at aiming to reduce these needless injuries and deaths whilst making swimming pools a safer place to be around for everyone. Here’s what the new laws mean for pool owners and properties with pools.

Safety checks and registering.

Current pool safety certificates need to be obtained before a real estate Brisbane can be leased to a new tenant or sold to a new owner. This means if you own a rental property or wish to sell a property, you need to take affirmative action to your pool complying with the new safety laws. If you don’t do this then you are not legally able to sell or rent your property. Where a body corporate is in place for units and townhouses the body corporate manager needs to organize a pool safety inspection.

All properties that receive a pool safety certificate are then added to the pool safety register. This register is essential to the new pool safety laws and is in place to implement the compliance of pool owners. Property owners who believe they should already be on the list can check to ensure this is correct. If they find their property is not listed there is a risk being fined an amount up to $2000.00. It is strongly recommended that all pool owners check compliance and registration as soon as possible and rectify any issues quickly.

Know you’re right.

It is very important to be familiar with the new pool safety laws so you don’t get caught out. It is not just outdoor pools that the new laws relate to and not just swimming pools. Indoor pools as well as outdoor and indoor spas are also required to meet the terms of the new laws. In fact, any swimming or bathing set up that is deeper than 300mm needs to be enclosed with approved safety fences and gates. Appropriate signage needs to be present and fences need to be free of anything that can aid in climbing.

You can access more comprehensive information from your property management Brisbane on the new pool laws. Be sure you can enjoy your swimming pool without the drama and get your pool safety checked today.