Professionals BW Backhouse & Associates
3 Hamilton Street Cannington
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What You Need To Know About Renting
To rent a property through our agency you need to enter into a Lease Agreement, this is a legally binding contract, in which you are bound by the terms and conditions within. If for any reason you do not understand any aspect of your agreement we recommend that you Contact Us so that we can work with you so that you fully understand.
To apply for one of our rental properties you will be required to complete a Rental application. With today’s rental climate there is a higher demand for rental properties, however, there is also an increasing shortage of available properties for rent. This means that if you’re looking to rent, you have to be diligent in filling out your application, provide as much information as possible with your application and be prepared to sign a long term lease immediately upon acceptance of your application. References are a great tool in providing character and professional profiles, as well as rental history from previous landlords or Property Managers and can assist your rental application.
You may find our Pre-Application Checklist useful to read and familiarise yourself with before you submit your Rental Application.
Here are a few of the things that you should consider when looking for a property to rent:
Once you have been approved for one of our rentals you will be required to come into our office to sign your Lease Agreement. You will be handed a copy of the Property Condition Report (PCR). You will be given seven (7) days to bring to our attention any faults or items that were not noted on the PCR. At the end of your Tenancy Agreement our Final Inspection will be assessed against this report. It is therefore vital that you read through it.
It is your legal responsibility to pay your rent on time and two (2) weeks in advance. We have multiple options available to pay your rent, including electronic banking transfer so that you are able to pay your rent on time. When paying via electronic bank transfer you must take into consideration bank processing times and allow yourself a minimum of two (2) days to ensure that it reaches our trust account by your due date. When there is a Public Holiday or Long Weekend (e.g. Easter, Christmas), make sure that you take this into consideration as normal bank processing times may be affected.
Please Note: Your rental due date is not affected by Public Holidays or Long Weekends and is still due as per normal arrangement.
Periodical Property Inspections
As part of your Lease Agreement, Periodical Property Inspections are conducted quarterly (every three months), with your first Property Inspection six (6) weeks after you move in. You will be notified in writing fourteen (14) days prior with the day and an approximate time frame in which it will be conducted. You are not required to be present at the inspection, but are most welcome to be there. If there are any maintenance issues you can notify your Property Manager of these at the inspection.
Repairs And Maintenance
If you have a maintenance problem with your home you are required to notify us in writing within Three (3) working days of it occurring. You can find a Maintenance Form on our website and are able to email it into us. Once the landlord approves the maintenance we will contact you and arrange a time for a tradesperson to attend the home to fix the problem. If there is an emergency we recommend that you contact our office during office hours on 08 9451 9566, or our Emergency Afterhours Number 0412 358 111.
Who Can Occupy The Property?
Only the people included on your Lease Agreement are permitted to reside at the property on a permanent basis. If one of the tenants should wish to move you need to contact your Property Manager immediately.
The owner is responsible for insuring the property. It is the Tenant’s responsibility for taking out Contents Insurance for their possessions, the owners insurance does not cover damage to tenants possessions.
Keep In Contact With Us
At Professionals Cannington our Tenants are important to us. We want to ensure that a network of communication is established and maintained between you and our office. We are available to assist you with any queries or concerns you may have regarding your tenancy. When you sign up for a Lease Agreement you will also be given the option to receive Monthly Newsletter filled with useful information and community events.
For a more detailed overview on a Successful Tenancy you can obtain our specialised Pathway Book with all your tips and advise on renting, simply email us!
We also have an online chat service available to everyone to answer any question you may have about Tenancies or Real Estate, this is a free service, completely online and available 24/7, you can be redirected by clicking Here.