Starting a Lease

by Morgan Sudlow | 18/05/2010 4:57:27 PM

Your Lease Agreement is a very important document, so please be sure to read all sections and if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to ask your Property Manager. The Lease outlines your rights and also contains relevant information regarding your obligations. It is a legal and binding contract between us for the term of the lease, providing protection for both you and the Landlord. If you wish to renew the lease, for a further fixed term, please contact your Property Manager.

 

At the commencement of the Lease you will be given the keys to your new home.

 

ELECTRICITY, GAS AND TELEPHONE
You will need to make your own arrangements to have these services connected.

 

Synergy (Electricity) – 13 13 53 or www.synergyenergy.com.au
Alinta (Gas) – 13 13 58 or www.alinta.net.au
Telstra (Phones) – 13 22 00 or www.telstra.com

 

If the electricity is sub-metered, the power is continually connected and a Strata Company official will have to read the meter. Accounts will be sent from our office and we ask that you pay this direct to Morgan-Sudlow & Associates with your payment of rent. If you are on a benefit and are entitled to a rebate, please arrange this with the service provider, prior to paying the account.

 

Excess water consumption is also the responsibility of the tenant, however these accounts will come direct to Morgan-Sudlow & Associates. In turn, we will then invoice you and the monies are to be paid promptly along with your rent.

 

RENT
Rent payments are to be made directly into our Trust Account. Upon signing the Lease you will be given a tenant code and our account details. If you misplace these details, please contact our Property Manager on 9386 0004.

 

Rent is due and payable on or before the due date shown on your tenancy agreement. If payment is late, we will issue a Breach Notice warning that unless is it paid promptly, we will be obliged to instigate action to terminate the tenancy. Breach Notices are a required routine procedure, and are automatically noted against your tenancy file.

 

BOND
Your bond is like a deposit. It is held by the Bond Administration (division of the Department of Consumer and Employment Protection) and requires both Agent and Tenant signatures to both lodge and release. The bond is held to cover any damage to the property that may occur which is the tenant’s fault, beyond what would be reasonably classified as general wear and tear.

 

To recover all your bond monies at the end of the tenancy the property must be returned in the condition in which it was obtained. A Property Condition Report (PCR) will be given to the successful tenant within a month of moving in. The PCR is a detailed report on the condition of the property. It is important that you note any items of disrepair on this report, so it is not attributable to you at the end of your tenancy.

 

INSURANCE
The landlord’s insurance on the property does not cover your personal belongings. We strongly recommend that you take out Contents Insurance for your personal belongings.

 

WATER CONSUMPTION
As a condition of your Lease Agreement, you are liable to pay all excess water consumption charges. By entering into your Lease Agreement you have accepted the responsibility of maintaining the property and in turn, its lawns and gardens. Therefore, any consumption charges relating to watering will be your responsibility. If you allow the gardens to deteriorate there will be consequences and you will most certainly be responsible for their restoration.

 

CRITTERS
Perth sometimes experiences bad seasons for rats. If you are experiencing a problem, please contact your Local Council who will issue you with rat baits, which will help alleviate the problem. The control of vermin is the tenant’s responsibility.

The control of spiders and insects is also the responsibility of the tenant. Please keep the outside of your property free of cobwebs. By keeping the cobwebs down this will discourage spiders.

 

IMPORTANT
Clause 2.2 of your Agreement states –
The tenant agrees to keep all sanitary, electrical, gas and water apparatus including reticulation fittings, electrical and gas installations, extraction fans/grills and electrical fuses in good working order (fair wear and tear expected) and to test the Residual Current Devices on a regular basis.

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