Renting a home can be a great option for all sorts of situations. Maybe you’re particularly mobile and rarely stay in one place for long, are a student and have need of group accommodation for yourself and some friends, or simply aren’t able or willing to consider homeownership.
There are a lot of upsides, but there’s a necessary evil that comes along with all houses for rent – paying the bond. To ensure you keep your landlord happy and get your bond back when it’s time to end your tenancy, there are a couple of simple tips you can follow.
Remember, as a tenant the bond is your money to lose.
There’s nothing worse than realising you have an upcoming landlord inspection when you haven’t kept on top of cleaning in your house. We’ve all found ourselves in a mad flurry of dusting, vacuuming and mopping, but there is an easier way! Just be sure to clean regularly, and stick to a schedule.
Everything that is required of you as a tenant is laid out in your tenancy agreement, alongside the obligations of your landlord. Being fully aware of everything in that document is another simple way to understand precisely what’s expected of you, so when your final inspection rolls around make sure you’ve been through the agreement carefully, and are satisfied that everything on your side checks out.
Remember, as a tenant the bond is your money to lose, but having the full amount returned to you need not be a source of stress. If there is a disagreement over something in the agreement, don’t be afraid to dispute if you are confident you’re in the right. The legislation may slightly differ depending on where you live, so make sure you’re across any specifics in your area. Your real estate agent will be able to fill in any pockets of detail that you’re unsure of.
Ray White Oakleigh Real Estate
03 9568 2000
7 Atherton Road, Oakleigh