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TOP 5 PROPERTY TENANT MISCONCEPTIONS

Posted on 21 August, 2019 at 22:10

The landlord is responsible for pest control during tenancy - false.

• As a general guide, if pests are present on your arrival; i.e cockroaches, spiders and fleas then it is a landlord’s responsibility.

• During tenancy it is generally a tenant’s responsibility.

• Don’t forget, certain cockroaches (i.e. German Cockroaches) love to wreak havoc on the fine electrical components of dishwashers. They normally start in the kitchen so keep an eye out for any damage they might do.


I didn’t return my Entry Condition Report therefore I haven’t agreed or disagreed to anything - false.

• As an Additional Term, where the landlord in compliance with the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 provides the tenant with a signed Entry Condition Report, and, the tenant has not returned it within 7 x days of receipt then the tenant will be deemed to have accepted the condition report.

• Don’t get caught out on vacating – have your say at the start so there’s no surprises in the end.


I don’t have a lease anymore, it expired - false.

• Unless either party gives adequate notice, (in accordance with the Residential Tenancies Act 2010) in the lead up to the lease expiring then the lease automatically falls into a periodic agreement.

• All the same conditions apply until the agreement is terminated, or, a new agreement is entered in to.


My dog only lived outside and didn’t have fleas therefore I don’t need a flea treatment on vacating - false.

• Residential Tenancy Agreements will provide a clause stating that the tenant agrees to have carpets professionally cleaned and property fumigated where animals have been kept on the residential premises regardless.

• Ensuring the property is sufficiently fumigated, along with proof of receipt, gives the landlord and the next tenant peace of mind.


If anything is missed in preparation for my exit inspection I am automatically entitled to go back - false.

• Never assume you will be automatically entitled to access a property once possession is given.

• During the exit inspection “If the agent or landlord raises something that is minor, you may be able to deal with it on the spot” Source: NSW Fair Trading.

• Speak with your agent prior to your exit inspection about any queries on fair wear and tear or damage you’re not sure about.

• Good, open communication between all parties prior to your exit inspection will pave the way for a speedy bond refund.


Sources; NSW Fair Trading, Residential Tenancies Act 2010, Residential Tenancies Regulation 2010.


Happy renting :)

KC


Categories: Misconceptions, Prospective Tenants