FAQ’s – Tenants

Renting with ParkTrent – Tenants Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

Want to know what you can and can’t do as a tenant? We’ve put together a list of the most common questions we’re asked as property managers. Do you have a question that we haven’t answered? Let us know and we’ll try to help.

  • How do I find cheap rental property in my area?

    Properties that are less expensive are generally located in outlying suburbs, or locations without the amenities you’d find closer to cities and regional hubs. They also tend to be smaller in size, without conveniences like dishwashers or air conditioning. You should talk to an agent and discuss your needs. They will have some suggestions.

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  • What are the normal lease periods? Can I get long-term leases?

    The normal rental lease is 6 or 12 months. You may be able to negotiate shorter or longer tenancies but the final decision rests with the property owner.

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  • I was told that I have to pay water rates on a rental? Is this true?

    In most cases you’re required to pay for your water usage (usually around $30 to $50 a month). But there are some landlords who may require water rates to be paid by the tenant. Check with your agent for details before you sign the lease agreement.

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  • What upfront costs should I factor in?

    There are three costs that you need to factor in at the start of a tenancy. You’ll need to pay:

    1. Upfront rental payment of between two weeks to a month (the amount depends on the state).
    2. Bond – generally the equivalent of  four weeks; rent.
    3. Application fee – if applicable.
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  • What are the normal costs of renting, apart from rent?

    You have a few other expenses as a tenant including (but not limited to):

    • water usage (see the above question);
    • utility costs including connection fees at the start of your tenancy;
    • some maintenance costs (purchasing new light bulbs, as an example);
    • insurance on your belongings – they aren’t covered by your landlord so it’s worth taking out your own.

    If you’re not sure of potential costs, your property manager will be able to assist.

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  • How do I find a pet-friendly home? I have a dog and a cat.

    You may find that pet-friendly properties are harder to come by. If a home you like isn’t designated as pet friendly, contact the property manager. They may be able to give you more information or help you find a more suitable property.

    It’s worthwhile putting together an application pack for your pet including letters from past landlords, vets and trainers. You can save time by including this pack when you submit an application for a property. If you do find a pet-friendly rental home, you may need to pay pet bond in some states.

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  • Can I add someone else to the lease?

    In most cases you can add someone to your current lease but you must get written permission from the owner to do so.

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  • Where can I find more information about renting in my state?

    For comprehensive information about renting, including your rights and responsibilities as a tenant, visit the government department in your state:

    Australian Capital Territory

    New South Wales

    Northern Territory

    Queensland

    South Australia

    Tasmania

    Victoria

    Western Australia

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