Renting a home in Western Australia is governed by a set of laws called the Residential Tenancy Act 1987 (The Act) and the Residential Tenancies regulations 1989 (Regulations).
Finding the right property is sometimes a very stressful time. It is very important to think about what you needs are and not make a rash decision just because something looks great. The property you choose needs to meet your needs both financially and practically.
There are significant upfront costs when renting, so make sure you think about what you can afford. Renting a home at $400.00 per week you are required to pay two weeks rent up front $800.00 plus four weeks rent for the bond $1600.00 and if you have a pet, an additional bond of $260.00, plus other fees associated with moving like a removalist.
Once you have seen a property you like, the real estate agent will ask you to fill out an application form. The form may ask for references, your previous rental history and proof of identification for each applicant. Make sure all details have been completed accurately, so once the property manager receives the application, they can process it for you promptly, we aim to have an answer within 48 hours from the time we receive it.
As a tenant, it is your responsibility to ensure you meet, and do not breach any of the terms and conditions set out in your lease agreement or the Residential Tenancies Act. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Not causing damage to the premises and informing the landlord/manager ASAP if any damage does occur;
- Asking for the landord’s permission prior to installing fixtures, making alterations or renovations of any kind to the property;
- Avoid causing disturbances to the landlord or neighbours;
- Not participating in illegal activities on the premises;
- Maintaining upkeep of the property (unless otherwise stated in contract), such as: keeping the property reasonably clean, replacing light bulbs and reticulation head fittings, cleaning windows and maintaining the gardens;
- Adhering to property inspection requirements when required (the property manager/landlord must give at least 7 – 14 days’ notice, in writing); and
- Make sure the rent is always up-to-date and paid on time.