Advice for Renters and Tenants in Australia
Tips and advice to help you navigate your lease agreements, rental applications and maintenance issues.

Renting 101

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 live in fear of being placed on a national database...

Rental inspection checklist – Handy hacks

Learning to go over your property with a critical eye will help you get the most out of your next property inspection.  To help you succeed at your next rental inspection, Rent.com.au has developed a handy checklist...

Asking for a rent reduction on your lease

If you’re paying the same rent as you were 12 months ago, you might be spending too much. Back yourself up The best way to ask for a rent reduction is to provide evidence. Send your...

Writing a rent reduction letter

Are you living in an area where rents are falling? You might wonder if there are ways to negotiate a better deal on what you're paying. If your lease renewal is up, it may be...

Who is responsible for mould in a rental property?

It's not unusual for tenants in Australia to be concerned about finding mould in their rental property. Use these tips to avoid accidentally inviting mould into your home.  What is mould? Mould is a fungal growth...

Can my property manager take photos of my rental at an inspection?

Has a property manager indicated they need to take photos of your home at your next inspection? Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to object to these photos being taken. Why the photos...

What changes can I make to my rental property?

You might be busting to make some changes to your property, but you're renting and wondering what your options are in Australia. The answer, unfortunately, is 'not much'. Tenants commonly request for the installation of air...

Rent in advance: How much should I be paying?

As a tenant, you're usually required to pay both rent in advance plus a rental bond, which functions as a security deposit in the event you fail to pay rent, services, or incur serious damage to...

Should I be paid interest earned on my bond money?

If you've paid a rental bond (or security bond) for a rental property in Australia, you may be entitled to receive the interest accumulated during your lease. Granted, it won't be enough to let...

What exactly is fair wear and tear?

As a tenant, you are not responsible for costs arising from ‘fair wear and tear’. Sometimes it can be difficult to agree on what is normal fair wear and tear. Neglectful damage (You are liable) Stains...
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