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Regarding what you need to do as a landlord in NSW and how to protect yourself:

Before Approving a Tenant

1. Ensure you have had a check done on the tenant, which you can arrange through us.
2. Ensure you have phoned/checked all the tenant's references- they will be asked to supply current employer, current landlord, and personal references on our tenancy application.
3. Ensure you have physically sighted or taken copies of proof of identification, proof of income, proof of address, and proof of rental history e.g. lease agreement, written reference, or tenant ledger.

Once you wish to approve a Tenant

1. Meet with them and sign a Residential tenancy agreement form, which is available here: http://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/pdfs/tenants_and_home_owners/residential_tenancy_agreement.pdf (At this time, also supply them with a New Tenant Checklist available from here: http://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/Factsheet_print/Tenants_and_home_owners/Renting_a_home/FTR72_New_tenant_checklist.pdf
2. Complete a property condition report within 7 days of the start of the tenancy, keep one copy for yourself and supply two copies to the tenant. Where possible, it can be helpful to complete this together with the tenant to minimize disagreements about what is noted. You can get this form here http://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/mobile0c9a66/biz_res/ftweb/pdfs/Tenants_and_home_owners/Condition_report.pdf
3. Request a bond of 4 weeks rent from the tenant. When you receive it, make sure to provide the tenant with a receipt and also have them sign a Bond Lodgement Form which is available from any Service NSW service centre (what used to be RTA’s), or Fair Trading office, or by calling 13 32 20.
4. Lodge the bond within 10 days with Service NSW by posting it or taking it to a Service NSW service centre. You can apply for release of monies to you to cover damage or if the tenant breaks the lease or stops paying rent. More information about bond and bond lodgement is available here: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/lodge-rental-bond . Bonds can also be lodged online if you register - http://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/ftw/About_us/Online_services/Rental_bonds_online/For_private_landlords.page?

During the Tenancy

1. Conduct routine inspections of the property up to 4 times a year and with 7 days written notice each time.
2. Make sure to keep documentation of any occurrences, e.g. copies of any letters/receipts you send to tenant, photos of any damage etc. just in case there's a dispute in future.

Other

We strongly recommend completing National Tenancy Database/TICA blacklist checks before approving any tenant (you can arrange this through PropertyNow). In addition to checking tenancy blacklists you should also consider checking the ACCR criminal court attendance database here: https://auccr.com/free and may order full police background checks through PropertyNow if you wish.

Most importantly, we recommend taking out Landlords Insurance – this covers you for theft, malicious damage, or loss of rent if the tenant stops paying - http://www.canstar.com.au/home-insurance/what-is-landlord-insurance/
http://rac.com.au/insurance/home-insurance/landlords-insurance
There are many different providers so make sure to shop around.

We also strongly recommend reading the Renting a Home guide that Fair Trading NSW has on their website - http://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/ftw/Tenants_and_home_owners/Renting_a_home.page

Regarding what you need to do as a landlord in QLD and how to protect yourself:

Before Approving a Tenant

1. Ensure you have had a check done on the tenant (which you can arrange through us).
2. Ensure you have phoned/ checked all the tenants references (they will be asked to supply current employer, current landlord, and personal references on our tenancy application)
3. Ensure you have physically sighted proof of identification, proof of income, proof of address, and proof rental history (e.g. lease agreement, written reference, or tenant ledger)

Once you wish to approve a Tenant

1. Meet with them and sign a General tenancy agreement form, which is available here: https://www.rta.qld.gov.au/resources/forms/forms-for-general-tenancies/general-tenancy-agreement-form-18a or a Moveable dwelling agreement form (if more appropriate) which is available here: https://www.rta.qld.gov.au/Resources/Forms/Forms-for-general-tenancies/Moveable-dwelling-tenancy-agreement-Form-18b
2. Complete a property condition report within 7 days of the start of the tenancy, keep one copy for yourself and supply two copies to the tenant. Where possibly, it can be helpful to complete this together with the tenant to minimize disagreements about what is noted. You can get this form here https://www.rta.qld.gov.au/Resources/Forms/Forms-for-general-tenancies/Entry-condition-report-Form-1-a
3. Request a bond of 4 weeks rent from the tenant. When you receive it, make sure to provide the tenant with a receipt, and also have them sign a Bond Lodgement Form which is available here: https://www.rta.qld.gov.au/Resources/Forms/Forms-for-general-tenancies/Bond-lodgement-Form-2 Also see this link: https://www.rta.qld.gov.au/Renting/Starting-a-tenancy/Rental-bond-deposits-and-utilities/What-is-a-rental-bond
4. Lodge the bond within 10 days with the Residential Tenancies Authority by taking it to the RTA in person, by posting it, or online here: https://www.rta.qld.gov.au/Resources/Forms/Submit-bond-lodgement-online/Online-bond-lodgement-information . The tenant will receive an Acknowledge of rental bond from the RTA once the bond has been lodged. You can apply for release of monies to you to cover damage or if the tenant breaks the lease/stops paying rent.

During the Tenancy

1. Conduct routine inspections of the property up to once every 3 months, with 7 days written notice each time. Use this form to provide notice: https://www.rta.qld.gov.au/Resources/Forms/Forms-for-general-tenancies/Entry-notice-Form-9
2. Make sure to keep documentation of any occurrences, e.g. copies of any letters/receipts you send to tenant, photos of any damage etc. just in case there ever a dispute in future,

Other

We strongly recommend completing National Tenancy Database / TICA blacklist checks before approving any tenant (you can arrange this through PropertyNow). In addition to checking tenancy blacklists, you should also consider checking the ACCR criminal court attendance database here: https://auccr.com/free and may order full police background checks through PropertyNow if you wish

Most importantly, consider taking out Landlords Insurance – this covers you for theft, malicious damage, or loss of rent if the tenant stopping paying - http://www.canstar.com.au/home-insurance/what-is-landlord-insurance/
http://rac.com.au/insurance/home-insurance/landlords-insurance
There are many different providers so make sure to shop around.

We also strongly recommend reading the Managing General Tenancies in Queensland booklet that the RTA puts out – you can obtain it at: https://www.rta.qld.gov.au/Resources/Publications/For-managers-of-general-tenancies

Other forms you may need at some point are available at: https://www.rta.qld.gov.au/Resources/Forms/Forms-for-general-tenancies

Regarding what you need to do as a landlord in WA and how to protect yourself:

Before Approving a Tenant

1. Ensure you have had a check done on the tenant (which you can arrange through us)
2. Ensure you have phoned/ checked all the tenants references (they will be asked to supply current employer, current landlord, and personal references on our tenancy application

Once you wish to approve a Tenant

1. Meet with them and sign a Residential tenancy agreement form, which is available here: https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/publications/rent-agreement-form-1aa (At this time, also supply them with a Form 1AC available here: https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/consumer-protection/landlords-tools-and-checklist
2. Complete a property condition report within 7 days of the start of the tenancy, keep one copy for yourself and supply two copies to the tenant. Where possibly, it can be helpful to complete this together with the tenant to minimize disagreements about what is noted. You can get this form here: https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/publications/property-condition-report-form-1
3. Request a bond of 4 weeks rent from the tenant. When you receive it, make sure to provide the tenant with a receipt, and then lodge the money with the Bond Administrator within 14 days using the form available here: https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/consumer-protection/lodging-bond You can apply for release of monies to you to cover damage or if the tenant breaks the lease/stops paying rent.

During the Tenancy

1. Conduct routine inspections of the property up to 4 times a year. Make sure to provide the tenant notice using this form: https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/sites/default/files/atoms/files/enterpremisesform19.pdf
2. Make sure to keep documentation of any occurrences, e.g. copies of any letters/receipts you send to tenant, photos of any damage etc. just in case there ever a dispute in future,

Other

We strongly recommend completing National Tenancy Database / TICA blacklist checks before approving any tenant (you can arrange this through PropertyNow). In addition to checking tenancy blacklists, you should also consider checking the ACCR criminal court attendance database here: https://auccr.com/free and may order full police background checks through PropertyNow if you wish

Most importantly, consider taking out Landlords Insurance – this covers you for theft, malicious damage, or loss of rent if the tenant stopping paying - http://www.canstar.com.au/home-insurance/what-is-landlord-insurance/
http://rac.com.au/insurance/home-insurance/landlords-insurance
There are many different providers so make sure to shop around.

We also strongly recommend reading the Lessors Guide that the Department of Commerce puts out - http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/sites/default/files/atoms/files/lessorsguide.pdf - they also have guides and videos here: https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/publications/property-renting-guides-and-videos

Regarding what you need to do as a landlord in SA and how to protect yourself:

Before Approving a Tenant

1. Ensure you have had a check done on the tenant (which you can arrange through us).
2. Ensure you have phoned/ checked all the tenant’s references (they will be asked to supply current employer, current landlord, and personal references on our tenancy application)

Once you wish to approve a Tenant

You will need to meet with the tenant, sign an agreement with them, provide them with some printed factsheets, and also complete a report on the condition of the property. Links and further explanation below.

1. Meet with them and sign a Residential tenancy agreement form, which is available here: https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/housing/renting-and-letting/renting-privately/forms-and-fact-sheets-for-private-rental-tenancies and supply a copy to the tenant (within 21 days of signing)
2. Supply the tenant with the information brochure which sets out the rights and responsibilities of landlord and tenant: https://www.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0012/12072/Information_brochure.pdf (at the time of signing the lease)
3. Supply the tenant with the water charging fact sheet which explains what water costs landlords and tenants are legally responsible for: https://www.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/11964/Charging_for_water_bulletin.pdf (at the time of signing the lease)
4. Supply the tenant with the repairs and maintenance fact sheet which explains who is responsible for repairs and maintenance: https://www.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/13024/Repair_and_maintenance_of_rented_properties.pdf (at the time of signing the lease)
5. Complete an inspection sheet, keep one copy for yourself and supply two copies to the tenant. Where possibly, it can be helpful to complete this together with the tenant to minimize disagreements about what is noted. You can get this form here: https://www.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/9836/Inspection_sheet.pdf
6. Request a bond of 4 weeks rent from the tenant. When you receive it, make sure to provide the tenant with a receipt, and then lodge the money with Residential Bonds Online service of to the Consumer and Business Services as soon as possible. The link to the online service is: https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/housing/renting-and-letting/tenancy-bonds/residential-bonds-online-service The link to the printable paper form is: https://www.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/23300/bond_lodgement_form.pdf You can apply for release of monies to you to cover damage or if the tenant breaks the lease/stops paying rent.

During the Tenancy

Conduct routine inspections of the property no more than once a month (up to 4 times a year recommended). Make sure to provide the tenant notice using this form: no less than 7 and no more than 14 days
before the day of entry
1. https://www.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/5718/Notice_to_enter_premises.pdf
2. Make sure to keep documentation of any occurrences, e.g. copies of any letters/receipts you send to tenant, photos of any damage etc. just in case there ever a dispute in future,

Other

We strongly recommend completing National Tenancy Database / TICA blacklist checks before approving any tenant (you can arrange this through PropertyNow). In addition to checking tenancy blacklists, you should also consider checking the ACCR criminal court attendance database here: https://auccr.com/free and may order full police background checks through PropertyNow if you wish

Most importantly, consider taking out Landlords Insurance – this covers you for theft, malicious damage, or loss of rent if the tenant stopping paying - http://www.canstar.com.au/home-insurance/what-is-landlord-insurance/
http://rac.com.au/insurance/home-insurance/landlords-insurance
There are many different providers so make sure to shop around.

Lastly here is a general overview of landlord and tenant responsibilities, forms and fact sheets. We strongly recommending reading all the information on this page and bookmarking it for future reference - https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/housing/renting-and-letting/renting-privately/forms-and-fact-sheets-for-private-rental-tenancies

Before Approving a Tenant

1. Ensure you have had a check done on the tenant (which you can arrange through us)
2. Ensure you have phoned/ checked all the tenants references (they will be asked to supply current employer, current landlord, and personal references on our tenancy application)
3. Ensure you have physically sighted proof of identification, proof of income, proof of address, and proof rental history (e.g. lease agreement, written reference, or tenant ledger)

Once you wish to approve a Tenant

1. Meet with them and sign a Residential tenancy agreement form, which you can request from us via email. 
2. Complete a property condition report within 7 days of the start of the tenancy, keep one copy for yourself and supply two copies to the tenant. Where possibly, it can be helpful to complete this together with the tenant to minimize disagreements about what is noted. You can request a blank condition report from us via email. 
3. Request a bond of 4 weeks rent from the tenant. When you receive it, make sure to provide the tenant with a receipt. You can find more information about bonds at this link: http://www.consumeraffairs.nt.gov.au/ForConsumers/ResidentialTenencies/Documents/bonds_or_security_deposits_factsheet.pdf

During the Tenancy

1. Conduct routine inspections of the property up to 4 times a year, and with 7 days written notice each time using this form http://www.consumeraffairs.nt.gov.au/ForConsumers/ResidentialTenencies/Documents/rt09_notice_of_entry_by_landlord.pdf
2. Make sure to keep documentation of any occurrences, e.g. copies of any letters/receipts you send to tenant, photos of any damage etc. just in case there ever a dispute in future,

Other

We strongly recommend completing National Tenancy Database / TICA blacklist checks before approving any tenant (you can arrange this through PropertyNow). In addition to checking tenancy blacklists, you should also consider checking the ACCR criminal court attendance database here: https://auccr.com/free and may order full police background checks through PropertyNow if you wish

Most importantly, consider taking out Landlords Insurance – this covers you for theft, malicious damage, or loss of rent if the tenant stopping paying - http://www.canstar.com.au/home-insurance/what-is-landlord-insurance/
http://rac.com.au/insurance/home-insurance/landlords-insurance
There are many different providers so make sure to shop around.

We also strongly recommend having a look at this link: http://www.consumeraffairs.nt.gov.au/ForConsumers/ResidentialTenencies/Pages/default.aspx which provides forms, factsheets, as well a link to the more detailed Residential Tenancies Act.

If you have any other questions that aren't answered here, or are considering leasing your property yourself in the ACT, please don't hesitate to give us a call or email - we'd be happy to help. 

Regarding what you need to do as a landlord and how to protect yourself if you wish to lease your property yourself in TAS.

Before Approving a Tenant

  • Ensure you have had a check done on the tenant (which you can arrange through us).
  • Ensure you have phoned/ checked all the tenants references (they will be asked to supply current employer, current landlord, and personal references on our tenancy application)
  • Ensure you have physically sighted proof of identification, proof of income, proof of address, and proof rental history (e.g. lease agreement, written reference, or tenant ledger)

 Once you wish to approve a Tenant

  • Meet with them and sign a Residential tenancy agreement form. You can request a copy of this from us via email. 
  • Complete a property condition report within 7 days of the start of the tenancy, keep one copy for yourself and supply two copies to the tenant. Where possibly, it can be helpful to complete this together with the tenant to minimize disagreements about what is noted. You can request this form from us via email. 
  • Request a bond of 4 weeks rent from the tenant. When you receive it, make sure to provide the tenant with a receipt, and also have them sign a Bond Lodgement Form -http://www.consumer.tas.gov.au/fair_trading2/forms/Bond_Lodgement_Form_November_2015.pdf .
  • All bonds must be paid to the Rental Deposit Authority (RDA). The bond must be deposited with the RDA within 3 days of collecting the bond. The Bond Lodgement form and bond can be lodged at any Service Tasmania shop, or via post. 

During the Tenancy

  • Conduct routine inspections of the property (not more than once every 3 months)
  • Make sure to keep documentation of any occurrences, e.g. copies of any letters/receipts you send to tenant, photos of any damage etc. just in case there ever a dispute in future,

Other

We strongly recommend completing National Tenancy Database / TICA blacklist checks before approving any tenant (you can arrange this through PropertyNow). In addition to checking tenancy blacklists, you should also consider checking the ACCR criminal court attendance database here: https://auccr.com/free and may order full police background checks through PropertyNow if you wish

Most importantly, consider taking out Landlords Insurance – this covers you for theft, malicious damage, or loss of rent if the tenant stopping paying - http://www.canstar.com.au/home-insurance/what-is-landlord-insurance/
http://rac.com.au/insurance/home-insurance/landlords-insurance
There are many different providers so make sure to shop around.

We also strongly recommend reading the Renting guide that the consumer affairs and fair trading Victoria site supply-
http://www.consumer.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/123748/CBOS_Rental_Guide_V2_-_WEB.pdf 
and the minimum standards for premises a guide for tenants and property owners. -http://www.consumer.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/322417/Minimum_standards_guide_for_tenants_and_property_owners_v2.0_2015.pdf

We hope this information has assisted you, if you need any further help - don't hesitate go give us a call or send us an email. 

Regarding what you need to do as a landlord and how to protect yourself:

Before Approving a Tenant

  1. Ensure you have had a check done on the tenant (which you can arrange through us)
  2. Ensure you have phoned / checked all the tenants references (they will be asked to supply current employer, current landlord, and personal references on our tenancy application)
  3. Ensure you have physically sighted proof of identification, proof of income, proof of address, and proof of rental history (e.g. lease agreement, written reference, or tenant ledger)

Once you wish to approve a Tenant

  1. Meet with them and sign a General tenancy agreement form, which is available here:  https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/library/forms/housing-and-accommodation/renting/residential-tenancy-agreement.doc
  2. Complete a property condition report within 7 days of the start of the tenancy, keep one copy for yourself and supply two copies to the tenant. Where possible, it can be helpful to complete this together with the tenant to minimize disagreements about what is noted. You can get this form at https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/housing-and-accommodation/renting/beginning-a-lease-or-residency/condition-report   
  3. Request a bond of 4 weeks rent from the tenant. When you receive it, make sure to provide the tenant with a receipt, and also have them sign a Bond Lodgement Form which is available here: https://rentalbonds.vic.gov.au/Bond/Lodgment/Begin   The bond lodgement form will allow you to lodge the bond with the appropriate authority (RTBA).

During the Tenancy

  1. Conduct routine inspections of the property, we recommend not more than 4 times a year. Ensure you provide the tenant with written notice using this form: https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/library/forms/housing-and-accommodation/renting/notice-to-tenants-of-rented-premises.doc,  a minimum of 24 hours in advance of when you want to conduct the inspection. Keep in mind that you cannot inspect before 8am, or after 6pm (or on a public holiday).
  2. Make sure to keep documentation of any occurrences, e.g. copies of any letters/receipts you send to tenant, photos of any damage etc. just in case there ever a dispute in future.

Other

We strongly recommend completing National Tenancy Database / TICA blacklist checks before approving any tenant (you can arrange this through PropertyNow). In addition to checking tenancy blacklists, you should also consider checking the ACCR criminal court attendance database here: https://auccr.com/free and may order full police background checks through PropertyNow if you wish

Most importantly, consider taking out Landlords Insurance – this covers you for theft, malicious damage, or loss of rent if the tenant stopping paying - http://www.canstar.com.au/home-insurance/what-is-landlord-insurance/
http://rac.com.au/insurance/home-insurance/landlords-insurance
There are many different providers so make sure to shop around.

We also strongly recommend reading renting pages and factsheets on the Consumer Affairs Victoria website: https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/housing-and-accommodation/renting

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any other questions at all.

Regarding what you need to do as a landlord looking to rent your property privately in ACT, just follow these simple steps. 

Before Approving a Tenant

1. Ensure you have had a check done on the tenant (which you can arrange through us)
2. Ensure you have phoned/ checked all the tenant’s references (they will be asked to supply current employer, current landlord, and personal references on our tenancy application)

Once you wish to approve a Tenant

You will need to meet with the tenant, sign an agreement with them, provide them with some printed factsheets, and also complete a report on the condition of the property. Links and further explanation below.

1. Meet with them and sign a Residential tenancy agreement form, which you can get from: http://www.tenantsact.org.au/rentingAdvice/Standard-Lease-Agreement-in-the-ACT
2. Complete a Condition report, keep one copy for yourself and supply two copies to the tenant. Where possibly, it can be helpful to complete this together with the tenant to minimize disagreements about what is noted. You can get this from: http://www.tenantsact.org.au/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=47801
3. Request a bond of 4 weeks rent from the tenant. When you receive it, make sure to provide the tenant with a receipt, and complete a bond lodgement form which is available from: http://www.legislation.act.gov.au/af/2013-29/current/pdf/2013-29.pdf Bonds may be lodged over the counter at the Access Canberra Community, Business and Regulation Shopfront, or by mail, fax, or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . You must lodge the bond within two weeks of receipt of the bond or commencement of the tenancy, whichever the later.

During the Tenancy

1. Conduct routine inspections of the property no more than twice a year. Routine inspections can’t be carried out on a Sunday, a public holiday, before 8am or after 6pm. Make sure to always provide the tenant 7 days notice in writing.
2. Make sure to keep documentation of any occurrences, e.g. copies of any letters/receipts you send to tenant, photos of any damage etc. just in case there ever a dispute in future,

Other

We strongly recommend completing National Tenancy Database / TICA blacklist checks before approving any tenant (you can arrange this through PropertyNow). In addition to checking tenancy blacklists, you should also consider checking the ACCR criminal court attendance database here: https://auccr.com/free and may order full police background checks through PropertyNow if you wish

Most importantly, consider taking out Landlords Insurance – this covers you for theft, malicious damage, or loss of rent if the tenant stopping paying - http://www.canstar.com.au/home-insurance/what-is-landlord-insurance/
http://rac.com.au/insurance/home-insurance/landlords-insurance
There are many different providers so make sure to shop around.

Lastly here is a general overview of tenancy information, forms and fact sheets. http://www.tenantsact.org.au/rentingAdvice/tenancy-factsheets/Tenancy-in-the-ACT

If you have any questions leasing your property yourself in the ACT, don't hesitate to give us a call or email, we'd be happy to help!