Looking for a rental property
Viewing available properties can be done via private appointment.
If you are interested in a property, you will need to fill in an application form and provide appropriate supporting documentation. A decision normally takes between 24 and 48 hours and is at the absolute discretion of the landlord.
Bella Coastal Property ensures that all applications are processed and submitted for consideration. Visit our rental listings page to view our available rental property.
Renting – documents a tenant should receive before moving in
The documentation required to be given to you at the time of sign-up:
- Information booklet relating to renting in your state
- Copy of the tenancy agreement
- Copy of the bond lodgement form
- Original and copies of the condition report – to be checked, completed and signed, then returned to the office in the required time frame
- Receipt for initial rent amount, lease fees and bond
- Photocopy of all keys and remote controls (if any)
- Emergency contact number details
Upon signing of the lease, your Bond will be lodged with the Residential Tenancies Bond Authority where it will be held in trust for the duration of your lease. A Bond is held as a security deposit against any damage or undue wear and tear.
Once you vacate the property an inspection will be conducted by your Property Manager. Provided the property report coincides with the original Condition Report (allowing for fair wear and tear), then you will be asked to fill in a Bond Claim Form to retrieve your bond from the RTBA. Please note that this process can take up to 10 business days.
It is against the Residential Tenancies Act to use your Bond as a substitute for the last months’ rent.
It is the tenant’s responsibility to insure personal possessions against any loss, damage or theft.
Upon the commencement of your lease, your Property Manager will complete an ingoing inspection and full Condition Report; you will be given the opportunity to check this and add to it upon moving into the property.
This is the report we refer to at the end of the tenancy. It is therefore in your best interest to read through the Condition Report and Tenancy Agreement thoroughly and ensure you retain a copy in a safe place. Regular inspections will also be conducted by our Property Management staff during the tenancy period.
You will be contacted in advance to arrange a mutually agreeable time.
Maintenance and Repair Requests
All maintenance requests must be made in writing. You may do this on-line via e-mail, or via fax using the request forms provided in your Tenancy kit. Phone requests will only be accepted in an extreme emergency.
Where possible, we aim to attend to requests immediately, however in some instances we are required to obtain quotes and Landlord approval, in which case there may be a short delay. It is the tenant’s responsibility to provide access and keep appointments with tradesmen.
Maintenance of gardens/grounds is the responsibility of the tenant. Please ensure that the grass is kept cut, that excess paper and rubbish is removed and, were appropriate, excess furniture/possessions are not stored on balconies or verandahs.
Tenants are responsible for utility connections and ensuring accounts are in the correct names. You are required to arrange to have a meter reading prior to vacating the property.
Terminating your Tenancy Agreement
As your Residential Tenancy Agreement is legally binding document between you and your Landlord, there are legal obligations for both parties in regard to lease termination.
If you wish to terminate your tenancy after the lease agreement has expired, you must give written notice prior to vacating. If your tenancy agreement is still current and you wish to vacate, you are breaking your lease. This means you are responsible for meeting rental payments until a suitable replacement tenant is found or until the expiration of the lease, whichever is sooner. You will also be responsible for advertising costs, the letting fee and GST.
Contact your Property Manager immediately if you decide to terminate your tenancy and find out exactly what your obligations are.