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.
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.Back to top
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.Back to top
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.Back to top
There are three costs that you need to factor in at the start of a tenancy. You’ll need to pay:
You have a few other expenses as a tenant including (but not limited to):
If you’re not sure of potential costs, your property manager will be able to assist.Back to top
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.Back to top
In most cases you can add someone to your current lease but you must get written permission from the owner to do so.Back to top
For comprehensive information about renting, including your rights and responsibilities as a tenant, visit the government department in your state:Back to top
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