Just as it is vital to know your rights as a buyer, it is equally important to know your rights as a renter so that everyone involved understands the terms and conditions of renting a particular property, and of renting in general.
It is also important to know what to look for and what to look-out for when choosing a rental property. Finding your perfect place is often a hard-slog, and sometimes prospective tenants overlook small-but-important details in the rush to get settled. It is vital to take the time to ask yourself questions like: Are there enough power-points? Can the phone and internet be connected? Is the house really large enough? Will you be charged for water? Is the yard a suitable size?
It is also important to understand what type of lease arrangement is required — they can range from fixed and non-fixed to written and verbal contracts. Familiarise yourself with the difference.
Other common points of confusion for would-be renters revolve around bond requirements, condition reports and application procedures. State Government housing department websites contain information on these and more issues, as does the Tenant’s Union of Tasmania website.
These sites also provide information about making the transition from renting to owning a house. It is a common misconception that owning a home is the ideal for everyone, but in certain cases, due to financial reasons or the inability to commit to a long-term investment, renting may be a preferable option. This is something we can also help you ascertain.
If you have any queries regarding your rental property please contact our office on 6222 6363 (during office hours), or in case of an emergency call Mark Lawler on 0418 126 138 (after hours).