As one of Rowville’s top property management companies, we want to help you be a smart tenant who knows their rights. A bit of insight can make the rental experience better for you and everyone involved.
Finding a place to rent can come with its own challenges but remember that these days technology can be extremely helpful. Go online to find the best property for your needs – you can look at our recently listed rentals online at any time.
You will need to be approved when renting, so make it easier on yourself by looking in the correct price range. In many cases, the rent amount shouldn’t be more than 30% of what you can prove as your household income. Rather look in a more affordable bracket to lower the chances of being rejected.
In terms of references, don’t be too stressed if you don’t have any rental history. So long as you can provide sufficient proof of your current ability to pay the rent, most agents and landlords will still consider your application.
You’ll be using someone’s else’s property but that doesn’t leave you without some rights to protect your interests. A good start is to take time before you sign the lease for the following:
Furthermore, did you know you can take out renters’ insurance? This can protect your interests in the event of damage or loss of your belongings on the property.
A practical tip is to also take pictures of the property when you move in, showing its condition. When you move out there can’t be any disagreements about wear and tear or damage to the property. The images will show exactly what the landlord provided initially.
If you’re a good tenant, you can enjoy many long term benefits. Your current landlord may decide not to increase your rent next year, in the hope that his or her good tenant won’t move out. Also, when you do need to move elsewhere you can be certain of a good reference, so you don’t lose out on a good future rental.
What makes a good tenant?
When it’s time to move out, make sure you get a good reference for the future by cleaning the place properly before you go. In many cases, this courtesy may result in your full deposit being paid back to you, instead of being charged for small damages the landlord notices once you’re gone.
Your rental space should be your haven and part of that is having a good relationship with your rental agent or landlord.
For more tips or to find out about available rentals in Rowville, speak to Ray White, the leasing agent Rowville locals trust. Call us on (03) 9756 5900.