Find and secure a place to rent

Attend a free information session about renting in Adelaide. The session covers:

  • types of leases
  • lodging a bond
  • right of entry
  • maintenance and repairs
  • inspection sheets
  • water
  • lease breaches

How to find a rental property

1. search for a place

  • online
  • in newspapers
  • through real estate agents

2. Attend the property inspection

  • bring copies of your identification
  • have copies of written references, rent records and income statements

3. Complete the property application form that the landlord gives you

  • if you are successful, the landlord will offer you the property and ask you to sign a lease.

4. Sign a lease and pay bond and rent in advance

Getting help from Housing SA to secure a property

If you are having trouble getting private rental, Housing SA may be able to help if you have no previous private rental experience or history and if you can show that you have difficulty dealing with the process of finding rental housing.

Contact Housing SA to be assessed for this service.

Housing SA can also help low income people with bond and rent.


If you have been refused to be considered for a property and you believe that you may have been discriminated against, you should consider contacting the Equal Opportunity Commission.

Rental listing scams

Sometimes there are fake rental listings usually online. Scammers advertise properties that don't belong to them, and ask for money to be paid up front before allowing you to inspect the property. Once the payment has been made the scammer can't be contacted.

When you are looking for a place to rent:

  • don't pay any money unless you have inspected the property
  • don't pay any money unless you are satisfied that the agreement is genuine
  • make sure both you and the landlord have completed the bond lodgement form (94.6 KB PDF)
  • make sure you get a receipt for any money paid
  • be wary of sending money overseas, particularly to post box number.

If you have any concerns, questions or complaints about a rental listing scam, or for an alternative version of this document, contact Consumer and Business Services.

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