Follow these tips to keep the ups and downs of renting to a minimum
Although most agencies use standard rental agreements, some may have alternative conditions. Additionally, differences in agreements may be a result of an individual landlord’s terms for their investment property. Therefore…Do Not Assume Anything! In the event that you find yourself being denied permission for something, or receive a warning, be sure to go back and read your agreement to ensure that you didn’t misread it.
Again, most agencies will have a similar maintenance procedure, however at the time of your lease sign up, be sure to ask questions about how your property manager handles maintenance. Some agencies will accept phone calls, whereas others required everything in writing and will ask you to email them. Emergency maintenance should be taken very seriously, so be sure to know the difference between emergency and general.
The contact details you provide on your rental application are the ones that are inputted into the system. If you change your email address or phone number, contact the agency as soon as possible so they can be updated. This will avoid complications when it comes to your property manager trying to organise routine inspections or renewing the lease, etc. Furthermore, at Reliance Real Estate, some of our branches utilise the direct debit system. Ensure you notify us immediately if your bank details change to avoid things like dishonour fees and late rent payment.
Routine inspections are an integral aspect of the renting process. From the start of your lease, the property will be inspected at 3 months, and then every 6 months thereafter. They are conducted so that the property manager can monitor the property’s condition, but it also gives you the chance to bring any issues to our attention, such as wear and tear. Reminders will be sent out when an inspection is due to give you the chance to arrange yourself to be home at the time, however if you do not make yourself available, access to the property is still permissible due to the agency’s copy of the keys.
As a tenant, you have specific rights enforced under the Residential Tenancies Act (1997). This Act has been subject to reforms passed in parliament in September 2018, and will be fully in effect by July 1 2020. If you are unsure of something, or suspect obligations have been breached by either the agency or landlord, refer to this Act.