Hot off the Q&A list

Who is responsible for exposed wiring? Is it legal?

"There is electrical wiring left exposed over the patio gutters. What can I do about this?" We asked Penelope Valentine for her advice.

Change of mind – can I get out of my lease agreement?

“I’ve paid the bond and signed the contract for my rental. But I’ve changed my mind." We asked Jenni Hansen for her advice.

Property owners: Is self-managing for you?

Self-managing your property: The pros and cons  For many property owners, the natural step after purchasing...

Should my property be checked for termites?

"Should I have my property checked regularly for termites? Is it worth the expense?" We asked Kyla Dawson at K&C Real Estate for her advice.

Can I insist on agency-preferred tradespeople?

"The owner has decided to use his ‘friend’ and won’t use the agency-preferred maintenance men."

What do you do if the landlord is keeping hold of your rental bond?

"My landlord is keeping hold of my bond for a mark on the carpet that was there before I moved in." We asked Lisa Kerr for her advice.

Pest control

Pest control – Who is responsible, landlords or tenants?

A pest infestation in a rental property can cause problems for both tenants and landlords - especially when pest control is required to manage the situation.

Your step-by-step guide to end of lease cleaning

The trick to a hassle-free exit from your lease is organising your cleaning regime within a proper timeframe. Use these tips to make your next bond clean a success.

Rats in your rental: Responsibility and treatment

Photo: Unsplash/kirahoffman. Rats can be a persistent pest once...

Renting with pets

WA’s tight rental market a hotspot for pet struggles, rental scams

Tenants are being urged to avoid sending money...

Australia’s most popular pet names revealed: Did yours make the list?

Is there a pet in your family named...

200,000 Pet Resumes – and Dogs still rule

Dogs reign supreme as Australia's most loved household pet, with cats sitting in second place, according to new data from Rent.com.au.

Q&A

Rental applications – What happens after you apply?

Submitted a rental property application and started the waiting process? You might be wondering how long it takes to process your application and when you'll get an answer.

Moving tips

Rental ledger – Why you should ask for a copy

A rental ledger (or tenant ledger) that shows your rent has been paid on time is one of the more valuable things you can have at the end of your tenancy. 

What happens when the landlord wants to sell your rental property?

If the owner wants to put your rental...
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Breaking your rental lease: What you need to know

Whatever your reason, it might be time to move on from your current rental property...

Home and living

9 smart tips to get your home ready for autumn

Cooler temperatures and falling leaves are a good reminder that autumn has arrived. Here are a few tips to keep your home running smoothly all season.
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