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My advice is to make it as clean as you can.
Unfortunately from my experience with landlords here they will do anything to try and keep your deposit so don't give them any reason to. Most of the places I rented were filthy when I moved in but I made sure they were spotless when I moved out!
Rental agencies here seem to be a law unto themselves and make up the rules as they go! We had a faulty garage door in one house and despite reporting it so many times it wasn't fixed. It opened on its own in the middle of the night once and hit the front of my car it didn't cause much damage luckily but they wouldn't pay for it!
Of course not all landlords/agencies are like this but I would just say be in when they inspect and make it as clean as you can and you should be fine.
Yes I would NEVER let them inspect when I am not here. Agree the photos is a good idea. I think Landlords the world over want to find reasons to keep deposits, cos there is always something that needs fixing, I suppose they want to tax us for it to make it easier for them.
By the way, no-one renting should be without a Magic Eraser. Get them from any supermarket - they just get marks off everything. Including biro and felt and pencil off walls and woodwork. But not just that, fantastic for grubby switches, fingerprints etc. I've cleaned half of the last tenants marks off the walls before inspections here with one, and it means I can be a better parent because I don't have to pass the anxiety of keeping everything perfect because it is 'not ours' to our children. Its hard, but I feel they should feel secure enough at home without me having to say ' don't draw on the walls they aren't ours'. Not that my children draw on walls as a rule but my 2YO went through a bit of a spot of it a while ago, or sometimes it might happen by accident. Can just treat it like a normal 'offence' without the rental anxiety making me crosser. Because I know I can just wipe it off really really easily. Actually I think that has probably reduced the incidences of it anyway.
I'm not sponsored by Magic Erasers by the way, just never heard of them before I move here and they are just fantastic. :)
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Had the inspection yesterday, lasted all of 10 mins, she seemed a bit up herself but said everythin was fine, she said the landlord will be made to put in new aircon by Sept/Oct......whoopi doo we have already done a full summer without one and not even a "sorry". Our lease is up beg of Nov and we have no intention of renewin it
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Our first Rental last year was a nightmare.Some Agents seem to think we are all second class citizens,can talk to us like muck,and look down their nose at tenants.On our second inspection it all got to much for me,and when the stuck up cow who came to inspect the crap house we were in,and started with the insulting talk of how there was dust on the skirting,marks around the lightswitch etc.I blew the old fuse and told it to FO and don't come back,as the house will be spotless when we leave,meantime we will live without interference,as we are paying through the nose for the privelege.I also said if this is not satisfactory please inform the owner and we will get TF out of it.Never saw that cow again.House we are now renting we have no issues with,Landlord is good,never gives any problems,and nor do we,he wants his dosh every week,and we want to be left alone to live our lives.Both of us are happy.:D
We didnt have any probs last time, but after hearing some horror stories I will be taking photos upon moving in. I will take no chances, They are a bit snotty tho I find.
Gotta admit the rental company and landlord that we used were great.
Any probs with the house were sorted without any hassle and inspections went with out any probs, even gave them permision to let themselves in if we were working.
Only problem came when on one inspection when the person checking the house didnt know bout the verbal agreement we had with the landlord about having our to dogs inside but that was soon cleared up without any hassle.
Only advice i would give anyone renting over here is when you get the keys and before you move all your stuff in is to check all appliences are in goood working order then go around with a camera and paper to take pics and make notes of any damage, marks, scratches, dust, cobwebs that they rental company might have missed when they inspected it and give a copy to them before you actually move in.
They dont expect the homes to be in tip top showroom condition, just clean and tidy with no new damage.
Have rented for about 10 years, 5 properties, through 5 different agencies. Never had ANY problems at all.
Agents are allowed to come in without you being there for an inspection providing they have given the appropriate notice, and yes they can be picky but they are meant to be, after all they are ensuring the landlords investment is being well cared for. They will check the tops of doors for dust, light switches and walls for fingermarks etc, that's their job! Landlords also have to give notice of entry if they wish to come onto the property. All the rules and regulations are on the OCBA site but you should be given a copy when you sign the initial lease agreement. If not - ask for one!
There is no obligation to a landlord to install things that YOU want ....... you rent the property as is, when you go to the open. Don't expect air con to be installed because you get hot, a spa to be installed because you want one, or a garage door to be put on because there is a just an open car port. If a property you are looking at doesn't meet your needs ......... THEN DON'T RENT IT!
I am constantly amazed at the attitude of 'we are paying the rent therefore we can do whatever we like' ............ NO you can't. The rules and regs are there to protect both the landlords AND the tenants. I admit there are a few bad landlords (usually private leases, not through agencies) but it's no wonder some of them get ****ty when given the demands of some tenants.
Rant over ........................ I feel better for that!
Well said I work in the rental industry and meet migrants from many countries all day everyday, it is the poms who seem want this and want that, sometimes I am ashamed to admit that I'm pom. If the house is not what you want then don't rent it and yes the agent and the tradies can come in at any reasonable time with a key as long as the correct notice is served and the purpose of the visit is detailed on the notice.