Bob lives in a beautiful rental property in Canberra’s north. He has been in the property for just over 7 months and has never had an issue. Recently, Bob spotted a teeny tiny mouse running past his kitchen bench. Shocked and a little disgusted, Bob jumped on a chair and asked himself, “who is supposed to handle this situation?”.
Just like Bob, there are many tenants who are still confused about their tenancy responsibilities— especially tenants who are new to the ACT or first-time renters who don’t know what to expect. Most of these responsibilities are common across the board, however, sometimes there are additional tasks due to the type of property or tenancy agreement terms. For example, if the house has a precious hedge that the owner adores, it may be in your rental agreement that you look after it. Or if the house has a pool, you will need to ensure it doesn’t turn green—who would want a green pool anyway?
A tenant who doesn’t meet their responsibilities risks breaching their tenancy agreement; this can result in being issued a notice to remedy or even eviction.
On the other hand, if you look after your rental properly, it will show the owner that you care about their property and will help to create a respectful relationship between you both. It will also reflect well on your rental history, so the next time you apply for a rental property, your property manager will reference that you adhered to your responsibilities as a tenant.
ACT Real Estate Institute Residential Property Manager of the Year, Renee Bink, gives us the low down of the most common responsibilities that you may not be aware of.