Starting a Lease

by Morgan Sudlow | 18/05/2010 5:03:10 PM

When vacating, upon or beyond the expiry of the term of lease, you are required to give 21 days written notice of the date on which you intend to return possession of the premises. If you have a fixed term tenancy, which has not yet expired, breaking your lease can involve considerable expense – see our “Breaking your Lease” section. If your lease is due to expire and you do not wish to renew, we would appreciate 21 days written notice prior to the expiry of your lease so that we can commence advertising for the new tenants to minimise the vacancy period.

 

A letter will be sent to you confirming your date of vacation, together with a final checklist, setting out your obligations. We remind you that until you return the keys to the property, you’re obligation to pay rent as per the tenancy agreement will continue, so it is imperative that you return the keys on your vacate date or before. Failure to return the keys (including all copies you have made) will involve rent being charged up to the date they are returned, or the locks are changed (at your expense).

 

To make sure you receive the maximum bond refund, you should ensure that your rent is completely paid up to the date you hand your keys back and also ensure that the house is left in a clean and tidy condition. It is also a condition of your Lease that any carpets be professionally cleaned upon vacating and a receipt to this effect must be submitted to the Property Manager when the keys are returned.

 

All cleaning, repairs and reinstatement works must be completed prior to the nominated vacate date to a professional standard.

 

For general cleaning, professional carpet cleaning, general maintenance and lawns/garden works, we recommend the following contacts –

 

General Cleaning: Add Style Cleaning – 0439 949 879 or 0407 085 322
Carpet Cleaning: Expert Carpet Cleaning – 0418 957 690
Gardening: Daisy Cutter Duo – 0404 237 354
Lawn mowing: Selwyn’s Lawn & Garden Maintenance – 0409 100 303
Pool Cleaning: Pool & Spa Mart Nedlands – 9389 6131

 

Please make sure that you disconnect utilities upon vacating and have your mail redirected through Australia Post.

 

FINAL INSPECTION
Final inspections are conducted after the keys have been returned. The final inspection report is closely checked against the Property Condition Report completed at the commencement of the tenancy, to ensure that there has been no damage (beyond normal wear and tear) and that no fixtures have been removed (e.g. light fittings).

If the Final Inspection is not up to a satisfactory standard, the Property Manager will contact you.

 

BOND REFUND
Your Bond Disposal Form will be returned to you promptly after the property is fully vacated, less any deductions that may be agreed between both tenant and agent. A bond refund cannot be applied for until all keys have been returned to Morgan-Sudlow & Associates and the Final Inspection has been carried out. Bond monies cannot be released until all parties have signed the Bond Disposal Form and then it is the Bond Administrator that makes the required disbursements.

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