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Whether you’re about to move out of home or have been renting for years, it is important to understand your rights and obligations as a tenant.

Whether you're about to move out of home or have been renting for years, it is important to understand your rights and obligations as a tenant.

1. Utilities

Generally, tenants are responsible for water, electricity, gas and internet/phone services. However, in some cases, the landlord may cover a portion of the utilities. This is often discussed when drawing up a lease agreement, so make sure to address this with the landlord (or their property manager).

2. Repairs and maintenance

One advantage of renting is that you sometimes don’t have to worry about responsibility for repairs or maintenance in the home. Two types of repairs are the landlord’s responsibility, including routine repairs and urgent repairs. Urgent repairs are generally issues that need immediate attention from the landlord or property manager, these can be a serious water leak, blocked toilet, gas leaks, electrical faults, failure of utility supply and damage that makes the property unsafe or uninhabitable. Routine repairs can include loose fixtures and faulty air-conditioning.

Throughout a tenancy, the landlord is responsible for keeping the property in a safe and liveable condition, while also meeting compliance with legislation. The landlord is often responsible for the air-conditioning, stove, oven and plumbing, unless the tenant has intentionally damaged them.

3. Outdoor maintenance

Tenants are often expected to maintain the garden, which can include weeding, pruning and keeping the grass healthy and tidy. Landlords are generally responsible for maintaining overhanging branches, maintaining fire safety, tree lopping and garden irrigation. Pools are to be initially cleaned and the chemical levels balanced with properly functioning equipment provided by landlords as well as ensuring child safety measures are met, but the tenant must keep it clean.

At Rosie & Rosie we understand that an investment property is an investment in your future and we treat our clients, their property and their tenants accordingly.

For further details, contact Rosie & Rosie at http://rosieandrosie.com.au/contact/

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