Thanks thats useful. When you say they take a few applications and then choose, what sort of things are they looking for one tenant application over another. Assuming you have a reference is it about how long you want the property for, who will be staying there etc , or ability to pay i.e good to take evidence of that . Also are most properties unfurnished (what we would want) and other than the reference, per above, what other checks can they do if you have basically just moved over ? Many thanks
Good question: they will want some evidence of current employment or ability to pay the rent, length of contract desired, any changes or fittings you would want to be playing with e.g. plasma on a wall, smoker/non-smoker, pets?, most are unfurnished, some are negotiable. Generally, if furnished, they will say so.
Originally Posted by D&LA
All rents are quoted per week, 2 weeks up front effectively secures the rental.
There are many older properties on the market - watch for "interesting" decor - went to see a couple today, and not changed since the fifties...or sixties anyway.....but they still wanted the market rate.
Don't rent sight unseen, unless you have a lot of photos and measurements, always drive past the property - great-looking, but sandwiched between an adult shop and railway line??
It is possible to rent a split new house in a popular part of town, but you will be paying premium rates for this. Many are properties that owners have decided to rent out until the market improves (according to one agent, used to be 30 days to sell, now 100 days plus....I think you could probably add a few days to this estimate on the more expensive properties). The standard of finish can vary, but most we have seen are very good for Australia. Don't expect double glazing.....
If you are really in the money, Stormont on Glenelg seafront is still on the market...for $8million!!! Lot of money for a Victorian villa with a swimming pool and tennis court......
Once you decide on a few areas, cruise round them, make pals with the local agents, impress on them your undoubted virtues as potential renters, look at the Advertiser on a Saturday and realestate.com.au - most estate agents produce lists of properties on their books.
Landlords are responsible for the rates, you are responsible for energy, phone bills and any excess water bills (maybe $600 per year if you like a reeeeaaallly long shower...)
Enjoy!! Hopefully we can conclude a deal this week.
PS ask loads of questions about the landlord, try to work out what will appeal to this person and structure your offer to suit.
brilliant hope you get on ok. just going through the same process at this end as house sale goes through in 2 weeks and we are renting before coming out early next year - if we ever get the visa through ! seems to be taking forever, keep getting told by agent will be through this week, then the next !!!!! Then can finally start the job hunt for oz. Loads of questions but really excited.
If you think you are excited now, wait til you get your visa, then get here.......
Originally Posted by D&LA