Be thor­ough when com­plet­ing en­try con­di­tion re­ports

Whitsunday Times - - REAL ESTATE -

WHEN you first move into your new rental home, some­times you’re so busy un­pack­ing and set­tling in the last thing you are wor­ried about is pa­per­work.

But as well as sign­ing the lease and or­gan­is­ing the bond, the en­try con­di­tion re­port also needs to be com­pleted in the first few days of living in your new home.

Real Es­tate In­sti­tute of Queens­land chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer An­to­nia Mer­corella said the de­sired out­come for all par­ties was for a ten­ancy to begin, and end, in agree­ment.

A thor­ough en­try con­di­tion re­port helps to achieve this mu­tual goal.

“It might not seem sig­nif­i­cant at the time, but it is im­por­tant that a ten­ancy be­gins with the end in mind. This can help pre­vent any dis­agree­ments at the end of a ten­ancy,” Ms Mer­corella said.

“Un­der the Res­i­den­tial Ten­an­cies and Room­ing Ac­com­mo­da­tion Act, the ten­ant should be given two signed copies of the en­try con­di­tion re­port on or be­fore the day they take posses- sion of the prop­erty. This is com­monly pre­sented on the day they move. The ten­ant has three days – not work­ing or busi­ness days – to note any more com­ments on the re­port and re­turn a signed copy to the agent.” It is im­per­a­tive the ten­ant com­pletes an en­try con­di­tion re­port prop­erly.

“While it may not be a ma­jor is­sue at the time of mov­ing in, when it comes time to move out and col­lect your bond, it can be the dif­fer­ence be­tween get­ting the bond back or not,” Ms Mer­corella said.

“Un­for­tu­nately, most peo­ple don’t un­der­stand the im­por­tance of the form un­til it’s too late.

“As te­dious as it may seem, ten­ants and agents/lessors need to record ev­ery last de­tail so that when it comes time to move out at the end of the ten­ancy, there is ab­so­lutely no con­fu­sion as to whether or not a mark on the wall or stain on the car­pet was al­ready there.”

In­for­ma­tion recorded on an en­try con­di­tion re­port can also be used as ev­i­dence be­fore the Queens­land Civil and Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal should a dis­pute arise.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the rental process and ten­ancy laws is freely avail­able on the Res­i­den­tial Ten­an­cies Author­ity web­site.

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