Moving out to a new property or into your own place for the first time can be an exciting yet overwhelming experience. When you are ready to make the move, Zenith Realty is here to help you with every step of the renting process.
Dealing with first time renting troubles
If you are a first time renter, you may not have the rental history to support your credibility as a tenant. Zenith Realty will assist you with what seems to be a no-win situation. Our clientele includes landlords who are willing to rent out their properties to first time renters, provided you have the appropriate documents.
In addition to rental history, there are a number of things you should consider when renting a property to avoid making mistakes that could later prove to be costly for you. We will guide you through the entire process to ensure you avoid making those mistakes.
Where do you want to live?
The first thing to consider is the area where you want to live. To determine this, you need to consider how close the property should be to where you study or work, proximity to transport, cost of renting in the area, the living conditions and the general environment of the region.
What are you looking for in a property?
Deciding on just one property can be really difficult, especially if you are unsure of what you want in a home. Make a list of your priorities – the amenities you want, location, space, furniture or furnishings on offer, cleaning or maintenance services, etc. This will make selecting a property much easier.
In the end it normally all boils down to budget. No matter how much you love a property or how perfect it seems, you will not be able to rent it if it is outside of your price range. Resist the temptation to give into the looks of the place and exceed your budget, for that could lead to a financial crunch at a later stage.
Inspect the property before you finalise
Don’t just depend on online photos. Always take the time to inspect the property personally before finalising. We usually advise that most applicants should take the time to inspect the property prior to submitting their application to find out whether they will be satisfied with the property prior to signing the lease.
If you are interested in viewing a property, please make sure you contact the property manager to set up a time.
Making an Application
If you’ve decided on a property, then it is time to make an application. Contact the property manager to find out if anyone else has made an application.
The property manager will inform you of the application process. You are required to provide 100 points identification (e.g. Driver’s Licence, Passport, Medicare Card) along with your personal details as well as any references relating to previous rental/landlords and/or employment.
Your signed application will be presented to the owners and you will be notified as to whether you are successful or not.
Acceptance and Signing of Agreement
Once your application is accepted, the property manager will arrange a suitable time to sign off on the lease documents.
The Lease Agreement is governed by the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 and the Residential Tenancies Regulations. The Act protects both landlord and tenant, and ensure that they follow proper procedures during the tenancy.
Understand the Lease Agreement
Make sure you read the lease agreement in full and understand what it means. If there is anything you don’t understand, make sure to ask questions and do not sign the lease until you are satisfied with all the clauses.
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 and in 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 of any damage that has occurred
- Avoid causing nuisance/any anti-social behaviour to the landlord or neighbours
- Not participating in illegal activities on the premises
- Maintaining the property, such as: keeping property clean, replacing light bulbs & reticulation head fittings, cleaning windows, garden maintenance, etc.
- Inform us of any maintenance issues.
- Adhering to property inspections when required. Routine inspections will be made at regular intervals.
- Ensure the rent is paid in advance and always up-to-date.
- Only the people (and the number of people) included on the tenancy agreement are permitted to reside at the property on a permanent basis. Should a tenant wish to move in or out, you are required to notify us in writing immediately. Please note that a new tenant will need to be approved through the application process prior to moving in.
To ensure that our checks are performed as efficiently as possible, and to increase your chances in securing your preferred rental property, please be diligent in completing your rental application insuring that all relevant details are provided in addition to providing quality references (for both character and professional) as well as previous rental history (land lords or property managers).