Reader Questions

Reader Questions

Why do I have to put maintenance requests in writing?

"Why do I have to put maintenance requests in writing?" (Tenant, NSW) We asked MMJ Real Estate Dapto Property Manager, Laura McDiarmid for her advice. "While it's not legislation to...

Who is responsible for maintaining gardens?

"I've just moved into a unit in Melbourne. Who needs to maintain the gardens? How do I know?" (Tenant, VIC) Living in a rental property...

How long can a guest stay with me before it becomes a problem?

"How long can a guest stay with me before it becomes a problem?" Tenant, NSW We asked Mint360property Senior Property Manager, Emma Bettencourt for her advice. "Everyone is...

What could get me blacklisted on a rental tenancy database?

While the occasional late rent payment is unlikely to earn you a listing on a tenancy database, consistently late payments might. Many Australian tenants...

If I break my lease, do I continuing paying the rent?

"If I break my lease in New South Wales around 6 months earlier than the official fixed-term ends, would I be responsible for paying...

I found some disturbed asbestos. What do I do?

"I think there's some disturbed asbestos in my Brisbane property. What should I tell/provide my landlord/agent with to get this looked at?" (Tenant, QLD) We...

My neighbour is a chronic smoker and I can’t enjoy the fresh air

"Is there a tenancy law in NSW that covers the air pollution from my neighbour’s smoking? The smoke blows from next door into my...

Can I negotiate the rent on my lease agreement?

“Is it possible to negotiate rent with the real estate agents/owners? e.g. Secure a residential rental property for 3 years with a guaranteed 3%...

Minor repairs on my rental: What can I do?

"Can I do minor repairs on my rental? If so, what sort of minor repairs am I allowed to do? Do I have to...

Who’s responsible for the TV antenna in my rental if reception is poor?

"Who is responsible for the TV antenna in my rental if the reception is poor, or simply not working at all?" – Jo (NSW) Where...