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Responsibility of tenants

Once you have moved in to your new premises, you are required to keep the property in a reasonable state of cleanliness, including the neat and tidy maintenance of the lawns and garden if there is one.

If you intend to do things like adding picture hooks on walls, add locks, add telephone or cable extensions or even paint walls, ask what the policy is on these matters before doing anything as you are normally not allowed to do these types of alterations or renovations without the owners' permission. This includes adding fixtures like ceiling fans and range hoods. If you get permission and you intend to take fixtures with you at the end of your lease, make sure this is agreed upon.

If you are allowed to make changes, these are normally at your own cost and you will probably be required to ‘make good’ these actions by returning the property to its previous condition when you vacate the property. Make sure any agreement on these matters is documented in the lease or elsewhere.

In the event of any wilful or accidental damage to the property, regardless of its cause, it must be reported to the landlord or property manager as soon as possible. Keep your own records of events regarding the damage and it is recommended you put notice of the damage in writing to the landlord or property manager.

The tenant(s) named on the lease are responsible for all damage caused by any of the residents or visitors to the premises. Take care when having parties or moving as you are also responsible for any damage caused by negligence.

Do not just leave the premises without providing notice or paying all of the due rent. The lease is a contractual document that can be legally pursued against you for damages or loss incurred by the landlord.

Upon ending the lease, you are required to leave the property in the same condition as when you commenced, allowing for reasonable wear and tear during the term of your tenancy.