What is a rental contract?
This is also called a lease or a Rental Tenancy Agreement. It explains the rights and responsibilities of you and your landlord and says how much rent you need to pay and how long you can stay in the property. Before you sign a contract, make sure that you understand and agree with its terms and conditions. Remember that the rental contract is a legal document. You should get a copy of it from your landlord within 21 days.
What is a bond?
A bond is the money you need to pay to your landlord when you rent a place to stay. The bond is usually equal to four weeks’ rent, but can be up to six weeks’ rent in some circumstances. Your landlord can use the money if you break the rules in your contract, if you are late paying rent, or to pay for any damage you make to the premises. The rest of the bond should be paid to you when you move out. It is important that you receive a receipt from your landlord when you pay the bond.
What are my responsibilities as a tenant?
You should pay the rent on time, keep the premises clean, and try not to damage anything. If damage occurs you should tell your landlord as soon as you can. Make sure you do not make any changes to the premises without asking your landlord first. It’s important to abide by the terms and conditions in your contract and don’t use the premises for illegal purposes.
What are my landlord’s responsibilities?
Your landlord should ensure the premises are clean and in a reasonable state. They should make sure the doors have locks and provide you with a set of the keys. The landlord should repair the property when it breaks and tell you before they enter the premises. They should give you peace, comfort, and privacy during your stay.
Who can help me?
For renting and accommodation advice, the South Australian Government’s fact sheet is a good place to start: http://www.ocba.sa.gov.au/Languages/intrent/index.html . If you still have questions you can ask your school, university or other place of learning for advice.
Beware of fake online accommodation listings
We have had several reports of students being tricked into paying for accommodation that does not exist.
The people running these scams are often advertising properties that do not below to them and disappear once students transfer money for ‘rent’ or ‘bond’. This is why it is extremely important to inspect a property you are looking to rent.
- tips for avoiding these scams
- information in various languages about renting in South Australia and your rights.
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