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Rental Tips

Today’s rental climate means that there is a high demand for rental properties. But there is also an increasing shortage of available properties, so you need to be very efficient and well-presented to stand out from other prospective tenants.

This means that if you’re looking to rent you need to be thorough in filling out your application and to provide as much information as possible with your application.

You may need to sign a long-term lease if your application is accepted. Check if a periodic rental term (month to month) is on offer if this is your preference.

Quality tenants are snapped up by investors, both in the private and managed rental sectors. Ensure that you have a recent reference from a previous landlord or a character reference readily available, as well as rental history from previous landlords or property managers.

Here are a few of the things that you should consider when looking for a property to rent:

Is the property suitable for your needs?

  • Do you have pets or small children that require fenced yards? (If you have pets enquire if the particular rental you are interested in accepts pets.)
  • Is it close enough to public transport?
  • Is it available on the date on which you need to move from your current accommodation?
  • Does it have a backyard if you have children? Does it offer the length or type of lease you’re looking for?
  • Does it have adequate storage for your needs?
  • Does it have coverings on all of the windows?

When making your application:

  • Are you readily available to inspect or to move into a property?
  • Have you provided as much information as possible with your application, for the landlord’s consideration?
  • Do you have current references for the landlord’s consideration?
A tenant’s obligations

It is very important that tenants understand their obligations in relation to a rental property. By not fulfilling their obligations it is possible that tenants may lose their bond.

A tenant must:

  • Pay the rent on time (preferably by automatic payment).
  • Ensure that the property is used for residential purposes for the majority of the time.
  • Keep the property reasonably clean and tidy.
  • Inform the landlord or property manager of any damage as soon as possible.
  • Pay for the repair of any deliberate or careless damage caused by themselves or their visitors.
  • Comply with all conditions in the Tenancy Agreement.
  • At the end of the tenancy: remove their belongings, leave the property in a reasonable state of cleanliness, clean the carpets, return keys or any similar devices, and leave behind the chattels owned by the landlord.
  • Allow the landlord reasonable access to the property.
  • Pay for all electricity, gas, telephone and internet charges used by them. The tenant may also be required to cover the cost of water.

A tenant must not:

  • Damage or allow others to damage the property, whether deliberately or carelessly.
  • Use or allow others to use the property for any unlawful activities.
  • Interfere with the neighbours’ peace or comfort.
  • Make any alteration to the property in any way without the landlord/property manager’s express permission.
  • Refuse the landlord or property manager entry when they are entitled to enter.
  • Sub-let without the express permission of the landlord.

Contact our office to find out more about renting through Lochore’s. You can find available rental properties by clicking on the Rentals tab in the search area at the top of this page.

You can find out more information about renting on the Department of Building and Housing’s website.

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