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Renting a Home: Tips for Tenants

By Sam Kopuz

As a tenant, it’s important you stick to the rules and guidelines outlined by your property manager or landlord, as the home you’re living in isn’t your own!

Here are some tips to keep in mind when you’re renting accommodation.

Fill in a condition report

When you move into a rental property, you’ll most likely meet with the property manager or landlord on the day you take possession to conduct an inspection for the home. This allows both parties to acknowledge the condition of the property on the day of possession and take any notes for personal records.

Before you move any furniture in, use a camera to take photos of any scratches, marks or damage that you see in the home. Make sure the date stamp is on too, so you can note when the pictures were actually taken.

Once you have compiled your condition report, send a copy to the landlord or property manager so they have it on record.

Stay on top of payments          

To ensure that your tenancy runs smoothly with your landlord, it’s best to stay on top of payments as they arise.

When you first move into your home, set up an automatic payment with your bank to ensure that payments are planned in advance.

If you’re living with flatmates, consider opening up a bank account for your flat so you can manage bills, rent groceries and any other expenses you may share together.

Having a solid financial record behind you will help you to look like a more attractive and reliable tenant – extremely beneficial for future tenancies!

Take care of it as if it’s your own                      

One final thing to remember is that your rental property is not your own home. If you’d like to perform any minor changes, such as hang up pictures, install new curtains or paint a room, then you’ll need to get the owner’s consent.

Any changes you make to the property without the owner’s consent could affect how much bond you get back, so this is absolutely crucial to do.

You should also thoroughly clean the property at the end of your tenancy to ensure it’s in a good condition for the next tenants and so you can get your bond back.


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