Gardens, pets, modifications and routine inspections
Do I have to maintain the garden?
Yes, you need to maintain the garden unless the landlord has advertised a garden maintenance service as part of the rental agreement.
Can I have a pet?
Yes, renting with a pet is possible but is subject to landlord approval. Agents and landlords understand that pets are a special and important part of many people’s lives.
Some landlords may request a greater bond (usually 5 weeks of rent) as further security against potential damage your pet may cause.
Tip: a ‘pet resume’ is a clever way of telling the agent and landlord about your beloved pet. Include details about how you look after them, exercise them etc.
Can I have more than one pet?
Multiple pets are ok (subject to landlord approval), just remember honesty is always the best policy. Be upfront with the agent when applying. An honest and open approach will make it easier in the longer term (no need to hide pets during routine inspections and the like).
Can I hang pictures or artwork on the walls?
In most cases, a landlord will agree to this. However, you are obligated to make a request in writing for the landlord’s approval prior to proceeding.
Can I make modifications to the property?
No, not without the landlord’s permission. If you do have a request, pop it in writing and we can discuss your request with the landlord on your behalf.
Can I wall mount my TV?
No, not without the landlord’s permission. If you would like to do so, pop your request in writing and we can discuss it with the landlord on your behalf.
Will you conduct routine inspections of our property?
Yes. The first inspection will be after 3 months with subsequent inspections every 6 months thereafter. This is done for the purpose of ensuring the property is maintained to a consistently high standard and so any repairs or maintenance may be inspected and appropriate action taken.
We will provide you with a guide on what will be inspected prior to the inspection taking place so you can prepare. We will advise you of the date and time-frame of when we will be calling in to conduct the inspection.
We welcome you attending the inspection, but if you are unable to be present, we will gain access with our duplicate management set of keys, should this be more convenient to you.
If you want to attend, but can’t make the time suggested, contact our office to arrange a mutually convenient time.
Routine inspections are a good opportunity to raise any maintenance requests that need attending to.
We will take photos of any damage or maintenance required to show tradespeople or the property owner. Please note these images are stored securely because we respect your privacy.
A copy of the inspection report will be provided to the landlord with any maintenance items detailed within the report. The landlord will then approve any required maintenance and authorise our office to coordinate the repairs.