Moving in (yay!)
Your tenancy commences
Congratulations, this is an exciting time! Your rental application has been successful and you are ready to move in to your new home. Your property manager should give you a copy of the lease agreement and a copy of the government publication, Renting a home – a guide for tenants. They should also provide you information that may be useful in the future such as how to make a maintenance request or what to do in the case of an urgent repair.
Lease agreements and terms
As a tenant, you are entering into a contract with your landlord which is formalised by the Residential Tenancy Agreement. Your property manager will draw up the lease agreement in accordance with the Residential Tenancies Act.
This agreement is a legal document, you should read it carefully. It is comprehensive and covers off a variety of terms and conditions that are in the interests of both parties.
Initial lease terms are usually for 12 months with further fixed terms to be agreed by both parties at the end of this period.
Where a landlord/agent receives a bond for a property, they must provide a condition report specifying the general condition of the premises. Tenants should receive a copy of the report prior to moving into the property. Within three business days of occupying the property, the tenant must return one signed copy of the condition report to the agent. If there are multiple tenants, all tenants must sign the document.
The condition report is a comprehensive document that notes the condition of specific things within the property. For example, the walls, floors, window coverings and appliances and what state they are in (are they clean, undamaged and working). It’s a useful document for both the landlord and tenant as it documents the condition of the premises at the time of occupation.
At RPM, we can’t recommend an insurer, but we can point you in the direction of some of the commonly used insurance companies.
As a tenant, you don’t need to insure the building (that’s the landlord’s responsibility), but we do recommend you consider contents insurance to protect your own belongings.
We recommend a utility connection provider called On the Move. They provide a free service to help you with the connection of your utilities, internet and Foxtel. If you’re renting with RPM and happy to use our preferred provider, we can arrange to have them call you directly.
Our advice is to get organised before you tackle the move.
- Do a clean out and box up everything you want to take with you. Take care with items that are particularly delicate such as glassware and special keep sakes
- Employ the help of friends or family or a specialist removalist. Remember that packed boxes can be heavy, so make sure you are careful
- You will need to collect keys to the property from your property manager
- If you’re moving into an apartment, you may need to book in advance to access the building’s lift
- It’s useful to pop in one clearly labelled box the various items you can’t live without or may want to access quickly. For example, medications, toothbrush, toilet paper, TV remote, coffee or tea and even a packed lunch – move in day is usually very busy