Renting Tips

One should know the basics of renting accommodation before committing money.

Please be Beware Of Fake Landlords
Please don't send money to any one who says that they are away and can't show you the apartment/room or give you an overseas phone number. Beware of such people who says that they will send you keys by mail/courier. We advice you to pay money only after you are satisfied with the apartment/room and meeting owner in person.

Finding the right place
Whether you're just about to move out of home for the first time, or if you've been moving around for years, it's important to find the place that's right for you - a place you can afford, that's safe, that's close to transport, shops or other things you might need - a place where you'll feel at home.

Check out some places before you decide by looking at advertisements in newspapers or by asking real estate agents what they have available for rent.

Up-front costs
Moving into rental accommodation can be fairly expensive to start with. Immediately you will be up for a bond; two week's rent in advance; connection fees for electricity, gas and telephone and the costs of moving from one place to another. If the place is not furnished, you may have to buy things like beds, mattresses, refrigerators, washing machines and lawn mowers.

Sharing with friends
If you intend sharing rental premises with friends, make sure you discuss costs and possible house rules before you make a commitment. There will be ongoing weekly expenses so consider collecting separate contributions to go towards regular bills, such as electricity, phone or gas and put this money into a special purpose bank account. Some share houses have what is called a 'kitty' where each person puts in the same amount of money so food can be bought jointly. Agreement is reached about when shopping will be done, who will do it and what needs to be bought. This helps prevent doubling up.

Be prepared - keep your paperwork
Keep all paperwork you receive about the premises - i.e. receipts for rent and bills paid. They are proof of exactly what you've paid for; how much you've paid; when you made the payments and the method of payment. If a dispute arises, this information will be vital.

Damage Control
If any damage is made to your premises either by you or your visitors, whether it is accidental or not, make sure you tell your lessor/agent about it. Remember, you are required to leave the place in the same state it was when you moved. You will have to pay for any damage that is not considered to be reasonable 'fair wear and tear'.

Keep noise down
Consider the rights of your neighbours. As a tenant you are required by the law not to interfere with the reasonable peace, comfort or privacy of a neighbour.

Anti-Age Discrimination
It is illegal for someone to discriminate against you because of your age. For further information on this and other discrimination issues refer to the Human Rights Commission. website of your state.