“I am having trouble getting my bond back from my property manager. He tells me that the owner wasn’t happy with the condition of the property, but I cleaned it thoroughly and had the carpets professionally cleaned. What should I do if I disagree with this?
Director/Licensee and Head of Property Management at Homes4U, Mareea Wilkinson, offers her advice:
Mareea said in this situation, communication is key.
“If you have been unable to have discussions with the property manager to have this matter finalised to the agreeance of all parties, then your next step would be to claim your bond through the Residential Tenancy Authority (RTA) if you’re in Queensland.”
The RTA is QLD’s state government statutory authority and provides tenancy information and support, bond management, dispute resolution, investigation, and policy and education services.
“By claiming your bond doesn’t mean that you will get refunded the bond automatically, but what this does is create an avenue of mediation between yourself as the tenant and the property manager,” Mareea said.
“Until all parties agree on any amount to be retained out of the bond, your bond will be held by the RTA until finalised.”
Get your rental bond back
Most managing agents will provide a moving out/cleaning checklist/procedure for tenants to follow for a successful bond refund. It’s always suggested that a professional cleaner manages the vacate clean, and you provide a receipt to the agent/landlord as proof.
For more information on getting the most out of your next rental bond refund, read these tips.
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Mareea Wilkinson is the Director/Licensee and Head of Property Management at Homes4U in Clontarf, Queensland. Mareea has worked in real estate since 1998 and was previously a real estate buyer's agent in Redcliffe and a legal litigation secretary for a firm in Brisbane City. Homes4U is an independently owned real estate agency based on the Redcliffe Peninsula.