Keep land­lords in the loop

Pilbara News - - Property - Sa­man­tha Jones Sa­man­tha Jones is a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Real Es­tate In­sti­tute of Western Aus­tralia

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.

Pets

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.

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