Find the right place to rent

The most common way to find a place to rent is through real estate websites.

Financial things to consider will include:

  • bond - can be up to 6 weeks rent
  • affordable rent

Also consider if the property is suitable for your life

You will usually be asked to complete an application form to apply for a property. You could also be asked to attach your ID, previous rental history, references and income statements to your application.

Make sure you read the lease agreement before signing it and ask about anything you don't fully understand.

The amount of bond and rent in advance you will need to pay depends on the type of agreement:

Make sure you:

Help to secure a property

If you're on a low income and unable to maintain other forms of accommodation, check if  you're eligible for public or community housing.

Housing SA might be able to help if you're having trouble securing a private rental and have no previous rental history. They also offer help with your bond and rent if you are on a low income.

Student housing

If you're enrolled in tertiary education, you might be able to access properties through your university or college. Check their website for information about what types of student accommodation they provide.

Tenancy information in languages other than English can help you understand your rights, and to make good decisions about where you will live.


A landlord has the right to choose a suitable tenant but it is against the law to make this decision based on personal characteristics.

Read what these characteristics include and exceptions to the law on the Office of the Commissioner for Equal Opportunity website.

Rental listing scams

Fake advertisements for real properties could also be listed online. The scammers often ask for money before letting you see the property. Once the payment is made the scammer usually cuts off contact.

When you're looking for a place to rent:

  • don't pay any money until after you have inspected the property
  • don't pay any money unless you are satisfied the agreement is fair and genuine
  • make sure you get a receipt for any money paid
  • make sure any money paid for a bond is lodged with Consumer and Business Services
  • be careful if sending money overseas, particularly to a post box number.

If you're concerned, contact CBS for advice.

You can also report a scam online.

Related information

    Other websites

    RentRight SA

    REISA Query Connect - Real Estate Institute of SA

    Australian Refugee Association

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