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How to Relight a Bosch Gas Hot Water Pilot Light - CLICK HERE
Information on testing RCDs
To ensure that the RCDs fitted to your property perform correctly, they must be tested at regular intervals.
EnergySafety recommends that each RCD be tested every three months. To test your RCD press the ‘test’ button on the front of the device quickly and then release it. READ MORE HERE
Routine inspections are carried out during a tenancy to ensure the property is being well cared for and that there are no maintenance or health and safety issues.
When a tenant is renting a property or room, it is their home. The property manager will need to enter it for an inspection but it is important that the tenant’s privacy is respected. The property manager can only enter a rental property for a valid reason and if the correct notice has been given.
Ending a Rental Tenancy:
Whether because you simply wish to move on, or because there has been a breach of the terms of agreement, the correct way to end a tenancy is dependent on a number of factors.
When deciding how to move forward, you will need to take into account who is ending it, why they are ending it and whether you are on a fixed-term or periodic lease.
Procedure for tenants - There are many reasons you may wish to end your tenancy, most commonly because you wish to move on sooner than anticipated.
If you've made this decision, you need to be aware that while possible, it can also be difficult and costly to move forward depending on the kind of lease agreement you have.
Information on ending a rental tenancy - READ MORE HERE
On a Periodic Tenancy the tenant has the right to terminate the tenancy through serving a 21 day written notice on the Lessor/Lessor's agent. The tenant's notice does not have to be on a prescribed form but it must:
Be in writing
Be signed by the tenant and identify the premises
Specify the day on which the tenant will deliver up possession of the property
On a Fixed Term Tenancy the tenant does not have the right to terminate the lease prior to the agreed expiry date. The tenant has the right to request an early termination and the Lessor has the right to decline the request.
If you are thinking of breaking your lease - READ MORE HERE
Insects & Rodents:
Generally the Lessor/strata company will be responsible for the plagues of pests that are moving through an area. Generally the tenant will be responsible for pests associated with their conduct at the premises.
Who is responsible? READ MORE HERE
Death of a Tenant:
This document covers the following topics:
The effect of the death of the only Tenant on a Residential Tenancy
What happens to the Security Bond?
What if there is no Probate?
Death of one of 2 or more tenants
What happens to the lease when a tenant dies - READ MORE HERE
Conditions to extending your lease:
The Residential Tenancies Act has been amended to make renewing or extending a tenancy agreement more simple.
Extension & variation to residential tenancy agreements - READ MORE HERE
Pets and Rentals:
Trying to find rental accommodation when you own a pet can be tough, particularly in a tight rental market, but it is possible. While it can often seem like you’re being forced to make a decision between your furry friend and a place to live, it is becoming increasingly common for owners to allow pets.
Tips for renting with pets in Perth - READ MORE HERE
5 tips to choosing the right housemate:
It’s been said that you don't know someone until you live with them – and if you're on the hunt for a housemate this can literally be the case. We've all heard, or maybe even lived, those horror stories about nightmare housemates. To help you avoid a living disaster, we've put together our top five tips for finding your dream housemate.
Tips for choosing the right housemate - READ MORE HERE
5 ways to add a personal touch to your rental:
While there are many benefits to renting, one of the biggest drawbacks to being a tenant is that you don’t have full range to decorate the property with your own personal flair.
Ways to add a personal touch to your rental - READ MORE HERE
Who is responsible for damage in a tenancy:
When things break or are damaged during a tenancy, it can be tricky to work out who is responsible for rectifying the problem. If you find yourself in a situation where you are renting and damage has occurred, figuring out who is responsible comes down to two factors; what kind of damage it is and how did it occur?
Damage in a tenancy - READ MORE HERE
Things you need to tell your property manager:
Whether you’re a long time tenant or just getting started, the relationship you develop with the property manager and owner of your rental home is important.
Full disclosure between both parties is integral to a smooth tenancy, so it’s important that when you apply for your lease and throughout its duration that you’re upfront and honest with your property manager.
4 Things to tell your property manager - READ MORE HERE
Getting your bond money back:
When you enter into a tenancy, the owner will require you to pay a security bond before moving in.
The security bond is usually the equivalent of four weeks rent and must be paid to the property manager or landlord who lodges it with the Bond Administrator, a specific government-managed trust account. There are severe penalties for landlords or agencies who fail to comply with this
Bond money - READ MORE HERE
Rental application tips:
When you’re on the hunt for a rental property, understanding the application process is vital to securing the property you want.
Don't make mistakes when applying for a rental home - READ MORE HERE
Safety & Security in Rental Homes:
One of the things that tenants look for in a quality rental home is the level of safety and security it provides.
Some of the safety measures you might expect in a rental property are mandatory while others are not necessarily. It comes down to definitions and practicalities.
Safety & security in rental homes - READ MORE HERE
What to consider when starting a rental tenancy:
There are many things to consider and take care of when starting a rental tenancy in Western Australia. As you are entering into a legal contract, it’s vital to know exactly what you’re signing, as well as your rights and responsibilities during the tenancy.
Starting a rental tenancy - READ MORE HERE
Storm damage on rentals and homes for sale:
Every year the Perth winter months bring about a few days of wild winds and heavy rain that can cause significant storm damage to properties, fencing and mature trees.
This raises issues for people renting their home and buyers in the middle of the contract process when damage occurs.
So where does the law stand on these matters? And what are your rights and responsibilities as a seller, buyer, tenant or owner of an investment property?
Storm damage - READ MORE HERE
Understanding your responsibilities as a tenant:
There’s no denying the fact that the current market conditions in Perth favour tenants. There’s an unprecedented number of rental listings which brings plenty of choice for renters.
Having so many options gives tenants the chance to negotiate a good deal, move out of share accommodation to live on their own or move to a more desirable area.
Despite this, tenants need to remain mindful of their obligations and responsibilities.
Responsibilities as a tenant - READ MORE HERE
What are your rights and responsibilities as a tenant:
As a West Aussie tenant, you are reasonably expected to share some of the responsibility with the property owner for ensuring that your tenancy runs smoothly.
The managing agent looking after the property for the owner will help facilitate these mutual responsibilities, but it's important that you have a solid understanding of where you stand throughout the duration of your lease and that you maintain good communication with the property manager.
Rights and responsibilities as a tenant - READ MORE HERE
What costs can you expect as a renter:
With both once-off and ongoing payments part of the rental experience, it’s smart to familiarise yourself with the costs involved.
While you won’t have costs like stamp duty and council rates to worry about, there are still expenses to budget for.
Costs to expect as a renter - READ MORE HERE