What Are The Rights And Responsibilities of Tenants?
Updated: Jul 5
Many tenants who rent a home in Western Australia are unaware of their rights and responsibilities when it comes to renting a property. Tenants are reasonably expected to share certain responsibilities with the owner of the property. To ensure a smooth-running tenancy, it is important for a tenant to have a solid understanding of their responsibilities and what can be reasonably expected from the owner throughout the duration of the lease. A property manager can help facilitate these responsibilities and it is therefore important for both parties to maintain good communication with the managing agent.
Rights of Tenants
As a tenant you are entitled to the following:
A copy of the lease agreement including tenant information.
Bond payment to be safely deposited with the Bond Administrator of your state’s government.
Provision of a condition report for the premises before occupancy that states any damage. Any additional damage should be added by the tenant and returned to the owner within 7 days from the start of the lease.
Receipts for rental payments unless directly deposited into a bank account.
Premises to be in a clean condition before occupation.
The owner is responsible for all repairs unless the damage was caused by the tenant in which case the tenant is liable for the payment of repairs.
60 days’ notice of an intended increase in rent.
Responsibilities of Tenants
Rent to be paid on time every month for the duration of the lease.
Properly looking after the property and on termination of the lease leaving it in the same condition, it was in at the start of the lease.
Do not disturb the neighbours.
Not allowing any illegal activity to take place on the property.
Obtaining written permission from the owner for an additional person to move in if it will exceed the number of residents stipulated on the lease agreement.
Obtain written permission from the owner before making any alterations to the property.
Report any repairs required to the owner or property manager.
Provide the owner with 21 days’ notice of termination after the lease has expired and reverted to a periodic tenancy lease.
The Role of a Property Manager
Property owners hire property managers to assist them in collecting rent on time and communicating important information such as rent increases to tenants. One of the most important duties of a property manager is to ensure that the owner’s property is maintained in a condition that can be rented out to quality tenants at an appropriate rental amount. Communicating and dealing with tenants on behalf of the owner is one way in which a property manager can reduce the landlord’s burden. The tenant can be confident that the property manager will take care of any issues related to the landlord’s responsibilities without having to personally contact the owner. Related: What Do Tenants Look for in a Rental Property?
If you are looking for a quality rental property in Western Australia, contact Advantas Property Group and one of our highly qualified rental agents will be happy to assist you in finding the ideal rental for you.
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