Tessa’s Tenant Tips; A Cheat Sheet of Useful Things to Remember and Questions to Ask.

  • There is no charge to a tenant when assisting them in finding accommodation.
  • Using an agent gives you access to a wealth of local information.
  • Contrary to local rumours, there are NO hidden fees being added to your rent when you use an agent.
  • ALWAYS let your agent know which properties you have already seen and which agents you have already talked to. This will save both you and your agent a lot of time as many properties are multi listed.
  • Have a security deposit available to immediately secure a property. A property is often shown on multiple occasions on any given day, and this can be the difference between securing and losing your new home.
  • Have pets? Smoke? Thinking of getting in a room mate?  Let your agent know. It may limit the properties available to you however, it can also mean that a deposit is not refundable if these items / actions are prohibited in an agreement and you have not been honest about them.
  • You are liable for damages your guests make.
  • A long term lease is usually 6 – 12 months in length.
  • Always sign off on the inventory and other paperwork you are provided with, and return a copy to your landlord. It is there to protect you.
  • The security deposit is NEVER used as last months rent.
  • Out of country checks are not usually accepted. They take 21 days to clear.
  • Think the unit is over priced? Say so. Your agent can present an offer. Note that some one else may be presenting a full offer at the same time so be reasonable.
  • Would like to take the unit but……?.  Say so. Your agent can attach a wish list to an offer.
  • If you are unsure of what is expected of you at the end of your lease agreement in relation to the handing over of your property, ask your landlord or agent.
  • The security deposit should be refunded in full, within 30 days of vacating, subject to all tenant responsibilities being fulfilled. Read your lease agreement carefully.