New Tenants Guide to renting

1. Search online

  • search for listings online.
  • book or phone for  appointments 
  • private inspection or an open inspection. 
  • check your emails.
  • respond to emails from agents/owners

2. Be document ready  

  • That's the first good impression!
  • gather relevant financial documents now. 

  1. A cover letter
  2. Proof of employment
  3. Photo ID
  4. Reference letters
  5. Rental payment history

3. Check for amenities

  • check for heating/cooling if you need it
  • connected to gas/electricity
  • size of water system
  • internet/nbn
  • garage/carspaces visitors parking

4. Prepare your bond amount and first month’s rent

  • A rental bond provides financial security for the landlord. 
  • You'll get it back when you leave the property in the SAME condition as when you moved in.
  • your landlord has the right to keep this money for repairs and cleaning.  
  • Claim through the RTA.
  • Bond amount of the equivalent of 4 weeks rent. 
  • Bond plus 1 months' rent is total upfront cost. 

5. Understand your rights

The laws around your rights differ state by state. You can find out what your tenancy rights are below.

6. Don’t keep your pet a secret

  • be open and honest when it comes to pets. 
  • If your application looks great, then they will ask.
  • get a pet reference if you have rented with a pets before. 
  • Is your pet registered? 
  • Have the details ready too
  • Offer to pay a pet bond. 

7. Follow up

  • ring up if you don't hear from them
  • ask what you can improve your chances for next time.



Landlords and Owners

  • Get the best return on your rental property 
  • find an agent that focuses on matching the best tenants suited to  your property
  • Both tenants and landlords have rights but mutual respect is far more essential.
  • simple forms and processes online
  • clear, frequent communication 
  • prompt responses to all