Keep landlords in the loop
Whether you’re a long time tenant or just getting started, the relationship you develop with your property manager and owner of your rental home is important.
Full disclosure between both parties is integral to a smooth tenancy, so it’s important when you apply for your lease and throughout its duration that you’re upfront and honest.
Here are four things to tell your property manager about.
Many West Aussies are attached to their furry friends, so finding suitable accommodation that welcomes your pet is a priority for many people.
In some instances, this can be challenging, but increasingly rental property owners are becoming more lenient on allowing pets to live in the home.
Be sure to be upfront with your property manager about whether you own a pet.
Keeping this a secret will only lead to hassles down the track.
If you move into a rental home without a pet and then decide during your tenancy that you’d like one, you need to first seek written permission from your owner through the property manager.
Alternatively, if you’ve found a rental home that allows your pet and that pet dies, you are unable to replace them with another animal.
You will need to get permission from the owner to house your new pet.
Personalising/modifying the home
It’s understandable that as a tenant you may want your rental house to feel like a home — and in order to achieve this you may wish to make some modifications.
This could be as minor as hanging up a photo on the wall or something more, like wanting to paint a room.
Whatever modifications you want to make, you need to speak with the property manager about getting permission from the owner first.
Moving in housemates who aren’t named on the lease
In the section of your rental lease titled Maximum Number of Occupants you will have agreed to the number of people who can live at the premises at any one time.
If the addition of a housemate exceeds the agreed maximum, you will need to make a written request to the owner through the property manager.
The request you put through should clarify whether the housemate will take on the responsibilities of a tenant or if they will just be an additional occupant.
If they are just an occupant and they fall within the maximum number, you will still be required to supply your property manager with your new housemate’s personal details.
Damages and repairs
As the tenant, it is your responsibility to report any damage to the property.
For any urgent repairs, arrangements must be made by your property manager within 48 hours of you reporting the issue.
While the repair is not required to be completed within 48 hours, the owner has to take steps to undertake repairs.