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Who decides if the lease should be renewed?

"I have a property and my tenant’s lease renewal is coming up in two months....

How do I show I can meet weekly rent payments?

"I’m applying for a property. How can I show the landlord / agent that I...

Can a landlord claim a tenant fixture as his property?

Reader Question “Can a landlord claim a tenant fixture as his property when the lease expires...

Should I include carpet cleaning as a special term?

"As a property owner, should I include carpet cleaning under special terms?" Advice from the Residential Tenancy Authority.

How long should I need to wait for oven repairs?

"Our oven has stopped working. The agent says she's waiting on the landlord..." We asked Debbie Palmer for her advice.

Renting as a pensioner in Australia

"Is it true that a pensioner must not rent over 30% of his or her...

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


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

From flat-pack to fantastic: Where to find the best IKEA hacks

Furniture upcycling or 'IKEA hacking' has been on the rise during the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, certain IKEA products have earned a cult following in social communities.
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