Archive for the ‘Tenant Advice’ Category

9 Handy Tips For Tenants When Vacating

Tenants can often find the vacating process a very stressful time, but it doesn’t need to be.

Once our tenants have provided us with their intention to vacate, we provide them with a Vacating Procedures Pack to ensure their vacate goes as smooth as possible. Here are a few pointers to help you out.

Find your copy of the lease. If you’re in Victoria and want to vacate at the end … Read more »

Reasons to Rent & Not Buy

There is a silver lining to renting. From greater flexibility to surprising financial savings, we have 7 reasons why people prefer to rent.

No worries about garden maintenance. If you rent an apartment, your yard might be maintenance free, or if there is a grassy yard, the landscaping might be maintained by the landlord. If you have a green thumb, of course you can make the most of your space with a … Read more »

Summer Care for your Pets

It is important to not only look after yourself over the heat of summer, but you should also take care of your pet’s needs. Here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure your pet enjoys summer as much as you do!

Keeping cool and sun protection
Make sure your pet has access to cool, shady areas in your house or … Read more »

How to best take care of your garden in Summer!

There are four seasons and each has its own nuance.

• Autumn: is for recovery and leaf raking.
• Winter: preparing/developing for the upcoming year.
• Spring: maintaining control.
• Summer: survival and reticulation.
Summer Gardening
“Strawberries, cherries and an angels kiss in spring. My summer wine is really made from all these things.”

And like the song our summer time is intoxicating, overpowering, heated, and savage: possibly … Read more »

The Basics – How to Successfully Vacate a Rental Property

Vacating your home to move onto a new property is a very busy and potentially stressful time. One common source of stress for renters is the process of getting your bond back from the property they are leaving. When you leave a property this should not be a problem if it is left in excellent condition, which includes:

It needs to … Read more »

Learn the Basics: Vacating a Rental Property

Vacating a property and moving into a new home can be a busy and stressful time. If you have been a good tenant and kept the property in good order then you can expect to reasonably get a full bond refund. To ensure this happens the property needs to be left in an excellent condition when you vacate the property, meaning the property is:

the garden is neat and … Read more »

Important Legislation Updates – Airbnb and Pets

The prescribed residential tenancy agreement has been amended recently. The amendment states as of 30 September 2016 landlords and tenants will be able to serve notices and other documents via email.

However, consent to serving notices by email needs to be provided in a residential tenancy agreement which must include an email address. Consent can also be withdrawn at any time by giving written notice.

Recent Victorian Court and VCAT decisions have … Read more »

The Laws On Residential Noise!

It is helpful for people living in inner city suburbs to understand their legal rights and responsibilities when it comes to noise. This information has been neatly summarised for you.

Prohibited times for residential noise

The Environment Protection (Residential Noise) Regulations 2008 apply to the items and times shown below.

A motor vehicle (except a vehicle moving in or out of premises), lawn mower or … Read more »

8 Tips For Being A Top Tenant

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Moving into a new property is an exciting time in life and should be an enjoyable experience. Here are our Top 8 Tips to help you make the most out of your renting experience:

Know your rights and responsibilities. Take time to read the tenancy agreement and the … Read more »

Urgent v’s Non-Urgent Repairs

Maintenance and repairs are a very important topic when it comes to renting. It’s really important to report all urgent and non-urgent maintenance to the landlord / agent when issues arise.

The following information refers to the process for urgent repairs and non-urgent repairs.
Urgent repairs
The Landlord must carry out urgent repairs immediately (ie within 2-3 days). At the start of a tenancy, the Landlord … Read more »