‘Current COVID Procedure’
Prospective tenants wishing to apply for a property can do so by completing an application form. Each adult to be residing at the home will need to submit an application (download below). All application forms are to be completed in full including details of rental and personal references and employment details provided where appropriate, along with 100 points of Identification.
Your application is then processed in our office & discuss in depth with the Landlord, Landlord will then advise to move forward with an individual inspection of the property.
Once your application is approved, a Residential Tenancy Agreement is drawn up for both the Landlord and the Tenant to sign. This is a legally binding agreement whereby both parties agree to abide by the conditions as set out in the Agreement. The Tenancy Agreement is based on the Residential Tenancies Act 1997.
At the signing of this agreement, the tenant is required to pay the first two (2) weeks Rent & a Bond of a calendar month. This is payable via electronic fund transfer, cash at any Bendigo Bank or in our office using Eftpos (our office will supply Trust Account details). We then submit the Bond to the RTBA to hold the bond in trust for the tenant until it is released back to the tenant upon successful completion of the tenancy.
You as the tenant will need to organise services to be connected to your new rental premises and have the services finalised when vacating. We can put you in touch with a service connection organisation that can assist you in conecting all your service including internet etc. This service is provided FREE of charge. Speak to one of our professional property managers for further information.
Smoke alarms should be checked by the tenant on a weekly- basis. to ensure that they are in proper working order. You must immediately notify our office in writing when a smoke detector/alarm is found to be faulty or not correctly located within the property.
Before taking occupancy of the premises, our company will complete a detailed Condition Report including photos, as evidence of the presentation of the property, at the beginning on the tenancy. The tenant has seven (7) business days to make any amendments to this report before signing and returning to our office.
It is wise to keep your copy of your Lease Agreement and this information in a safe place for future use. You have been provided with a copy of RENTING — STATEMENT OF RIGHTS & DUTIES.
You are advised to read this, as it may help answer any questions or concerns you have.
Only the people listed on your original lease agreement are allowed to reside at the premises permanently. If a new tenant wishes to move in or an existing tenant move out, our office MUST always be notified before this happens.
Any repairs that need attending to must be organised by our office if they are to be paid for by our office. If you organise your own repairs except in the case of extreme emergency, you may be responsible for their payment.
Our preferred method of payment of rent is Direct Debit or Centrepay. There are many benefits to using Direct Debit. Your rent automatically comes out of a chosen account each fortnight. This ensures regularity of payment and ensures you will have a good rental history. It is also time saving and takes the stress out remembering to do this each week. Alternatively you can pay via Eftpos at our office or directly into our Trust Account at any Bendigo Bank.
Rent must always be kept in advance as NOTICE OF TERMINATION OF TENANCY IS SERVED AFTER RENT IS 14 DAYS OVERDUE. If you are having problems paying your rent we are very approachable so please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss problems.
Please check all doors, locks and openings to ensure they are secure. One complete set of keys has been provided for you. You are welcome to organise additional sets to be cut but all must be returned to our office upon vacating.
We recommend all Tenants obtain insurance on the premises they are renting; for example contents, public liability, and other relevant cover. For further information on insurances you should obtain your own independent advice.
Twenty-eight (28) days notice in writing is required. This must be completed even if your original lease agreement has expired. If you wish to break your lease agreement by vacating early, we will try to assist you. Please contact our office so this can be organised for you and we can explain your legal responsibilities. Rent is paid until the 28th day or until the day that all keys are returned. The carpets must be professionally steam cleaned and a receipt provided. A forwarding address and telephone number must also be given. Once your keys have been returned, a final inspection will be conducted at the property and the return of your bond then organised.
A Tenancy Agreement can be terminated by either the Landlord or Tenant by giving the other party the required notice under the Residential Tenancies Act 1997.
If you wish to vacate the property on a Periodic Tenancy Agreement, or your Fixed Term Tenancy Agreement is due for expiry, 28 days written notice is required. Your vacate date must not fall before the expiry date of your Fixed Term Tenancy Agreement. Notice is accepted in writing as received on the day it arrives at our office, and must be signed by each person on the Tenancy Agreement.
If you wish to Vacate the property while on a Fixed Term Tenancy Agreement, you will be ’breaking your lease’ and will need to contact your Property Manager as soon as possible to discuss giving notice & advertising. The tenant will be responsible for the following:
a) The tenant must continue to pay rent until the property is re-let to a suitable tenant approved by the Landlord or until the termination date of the fixed term agreement, whichever occurs first.
b) The tenant must pay a lease break fee & advertising fee.
A Notice to Vacate Form, or a Lease Break Form can be downloaded below or collected from our office.