Finding The Right Property For You
- Go for a drive around the area that you are looking at to move to, include estates close by that may be similiar. It may be that an area or estate close by is more affordable but be similiar in appeal.
- Know what you need in a property. It is important that you only look at properties that meet your requirements. Things like amount of bedrooms or whether it has a garage or a yard.
- Keep up to date with our website and check it daily. you can also log onto our premium tracker system which alert you directly from our website when a new property inside your criteria becomes available.
- Make sure you are ready to go with all your documentation. Have all your identification copied to avoid delays and give as much detail as possible.
- Either apply online or collect an application from our office.
Once You Have Been Approved
Once you have been approvedyou will be required to pay a holding deposit which is equal to one weeks rent. This deposit secures the property for you but it also becomes the first weeks rent. The balance of the monies will then need to be paid before the collection of the keys.
Your property manager will then be in touch with you to make an appointment to sign a lease. You will receive a copy of the agreement along with a New Tenant Checklist.
There will be a detailed condition report executed on the property. This an important document that becomes the agreement on the condition of the property between the landlord and the tenant.
The rental bond consits of four weeks rent and will be lodged with NSW Fair Trading. The bond is held as a security against any damage or undue wear and tear.The bond genrally consists of 4 weeks rent and will be refunded to you once the proeprty has been inspected and returned to the landlord in as close as possible condition to the condition report excluding fair wear and tear.
Length of Tenancy Agreement
The length of a tenancy agreement varies within NSW however the standard term is usually 6 Months for the initial agreement. Other lease periods can be negotiated.
After the lease has expired the tenant may be offered a new fixed term lease or by negotiation the tenant can stay in the property under the terms and conditions of the original lease.
Connection of Electricity, Phone, Gas etc.
You can contact each of the utility providers separately or utilise the services of a free utilities connection company such as ConnectNow to have all of your services connected at once. You can arrange to use ConnectNow by signing the appropriate section of your application.
Water will remain connected at the property and you will receive your first water usage bill during the first three months of your tenancy.
When you sign your Residential Tenancy Agreement you undertake to pay your rent on or before the due date. If at anytime you are unable to meet your rental payment commitment please make immediate contact with your Property Manager.
Acceptable methods of payment will be shown on the application form and on the front page of your lease.
The rental can be increased on the property only when the current tenancy agreement has expired, or is due to expire. A minimum of 60 days written notice must be given before the landlord can increase the rent.
During the period of your tenancy the premises will be periodically inspected by the landlord or the landlord’s agent. You will be given appropriate notice, (no less than 7 days) that the inspection will take place.
The purpose of these inspections is to check on any repairs or maintenance concerns the tenant has. It is also the job of the agent to ensure the property is being maintained in a satisfactory condition by the tenant. Our first inspection is usually carried out in the first 8-12 weeks of occupation; and thereafter usually on a 6 monthly basis.
Repairs and Maintenance
You may request a repair via our online Repair Request Form, or by submitting your request in writing or via fax. Repairs are attended to as promptly as possible, however, it is often necessary to obtain the landlords approval and/or quotes before any work can commence, so unfortunately a time lag is sometimes unavoidable.
Termination of The Tenancy Agreement
Your residential tenancy agreement is a legal and binding contract, providing protection for both you and the landlord.
The agreement can be terminated by you in the following ways:
If you intend to vacate at the end of your Residential Tenancy Agreement you are required to give 14 days written notice prior to the expiration of the fixed term of the agreement.
Once the fixed term has expired you are at liberty to continue living at the property or to vacate. If you intend to vacate, written notice of 21 days must be given prior to the vacating date.
NOTE: Verbal notice will not be accepted
It is essential that you return keys on the due day as rent will be charged up to and including the day the keys are returned.