Starting a tenancy
Responsibilities for landlords and tenants are explained in the:
- lease agreement signed at the start of the tenancy
- information brochure, given at the start of the tenancy
- Residential Tenancies Act 1995
The tenant is responsible to meet all conditions included in the lease agreement as well as:
- pay rent in full when it's due
- keep the property reasonably clean and free from health and fire hazards
- not cause or allow damage to the property, either intentionally or through negligence
- not allow the property to be used for illegal purposes
- allow other neighbours and residents to live in comfort, peace and privacy
- notify the landlord of any repairs or maintenance needed as soon as possible
If a tenant doesn't meet their responsibilities, a landlord can give them a written notice to end the lease.
The landlord is responsible to meet all conditions in the lease agreement as well as:
- provide the property in a clean and reasonable state at the start of the tenancy
- provide written or verbal instructions for domestic appliances in the property that need instruction - eg air conditioner
- maintain the property to a reasonable standard and organise repairs - if not maintained the Housing Safety Authority can declare the property substandard and set a rent limit
- give proper receipts and keep records of any money paid
- allow tenants to live in reasonable peace, comfort and privacy in the property during their tenancy
- pay council rates and taxes, including water sewerage charges
- provide and maintain locks so that the property is reasonably secure
- provide a copy of the signed lease agreement, the information brochure, and completed inspection sheets at the beginning and end of the tenancy
- lodge bond money with Consumer and Business Services (CBS).
If a landlord doesn't meet their responsibilities, a tenant can end the lease by giving them written notice to end the lease .
Forms and fact sheets for starting a tenancy
- The information brochure - must be given to the tenant at the start of a lease agreement. It sets out the general rights and responsibilities of both landlord and tenant.
- A copy of the signed lease agreement must be given to the tenant within 21 days of signing
- Inspection sheets - must be completed and provided to the tenant at the start of a tenancy. This records the condition of the property both at the start and at the end of a tenancy.
- Landlords must lodge all bonds, including any part payment, within two weeks of receiving the money. Bonds can be lodged online or by submitting a bond lodgement form to Consumer and Business Services (CBS).
If the lease agreement, information brochure and inspection sheets are not given to the tenant at the start of a tenancy the landlord could be fined.
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