10 Frequently Asked Questions By Investors
Lessors may choose to specify if Pets are, or, are not allowed in Tenancy Agreements for your Property. If you elect to allow pets, the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 (RTRA Act) outlines the Tenant’s responsibility with having them at a rental Property. Our Agency can provide practical suggestions for your consideration before deciding if you will allow a pet or not.
A maximum amount equal to four weeks rent is to be paid by the Tenant as Bond prior to the Tenant moving into the Property unless the rent is greater than $700 per week. In this case, then an agreed amount can be requested to be paid over and above the four weeks rent as Bond. The Bond is lodged with the Residential Tenancies Authority and held there until the Tenant vacates the premises and a thorough Agent Exit Property Inspection and report is completed and we are satisfied the Tenant has returned the Property as required and all rent has been paid. The Bond is then dispersed appropriately.
All monies received on your behalf are held in our regularly audited Trust Account. From these monies we pay all authorized payments relating to your Property e.g. council rates, insurance, repairs and maintenance. Invoices are sent to you with your next statement. The Trust Account period concludes with account processing occurring on the first business day of each month to comply with Trust Account auditor requirements. We electronically transfer your funds into your nominated financial account within the next 2 business days.
Work arranged by our Agency for your Property is carried out by a suitably qualified and licensed tradesperson. If the work required is covered by a warranty, our Agency contacts the supplier, or if the work is claimable under your Landlord or any other insurance policy, we can contact the insurer to claim on your behalf. Our Agency has access to a wide range of trades people who have met our Agency’s stringent criteria.
Each business day rent arrears are monitored with action taken. If the Tenant is 4 days in arrears a reminder is sent. If rent is in arrears on the 8th day, we issue a formal Notice to Remedy, as the law allows at his time. In this event, a Notice copy will be sent to you for your reference. If rent continues to be unpaid we issue a formal Notice to Leave when the law allows and send a copy to you. We maintain contact with you until the matter is finalized i.e. rent is paid or the eviction process concludes.
The most common tenancy is a Fixed Term e.g. 12 months or longer. In today’s market less Tenants are requesting 6 month tenancies due to the costs of moving premises and the desire to have security with their home and the knowledge the rent will not alter over the next 12 months. We suggest a new Tenant’s first Tenancy Agreement be for 12 months to see how the Tenant performs .If the market allows a rent increase can be written into the Agreement at the 6 month mark. The Agreement may be re-negotiated before the end of each fixed term period. We contact you about 3.5 months prior to a lease expiry with options and advice about rent.
The Tenancy Agreement specifies that the Tenant permits the Lessor/Agent to inspect the Property during the tenancy provided the Tenant is given notice, as required by the RTRA Act. The Act states that unless a Tenant agrees otherwise, entry may not be made less than 3 months after a previous entry by the Lessor/Agent.
Before renting a Property it is highly recommended to have appropriate insurance cover such as ‘Landlord Protection Insurance’. We can provide various brochures from Insurance Companies providing this type of policy. In addition, building and contents insurance and public liability cover are vital. Packages are typically available from your preferred Insurer for cost effective and comprehensive protection. All queries about insurance must be directed to Insurance Providers.
The Lessor is responsible to pay Council / Shire sewerage and drainage rates, Land Tax and all corporate charges. From the date a tenancy commences and if specified on the Tenancy Agreement, Tenants are responsible to pay for electricity, telephone, gas plus water charges over and above the average allowance incurred. The Lessor can pass on full water consumption costs as long as their Property meets the criteria of the 3 star wells rating.
It is recommended that if the Property is new or has been vacant for awhile and a telephone line is not connected to the Property the Lessor pays for a line connection. We recommend the Tenant organizes the work and submits the account to us for the Lessor to pay. The Tenant is responsible to pay for the service connection to the line and all services used.
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