【CCL资料】CCL Business 商业背景知识音频资料（二： Renting a home）
Updated: Oct 19, 2019
Renting a home 租房注意事项
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Renting a home
1. Essentials for tenants
·Do not sign anything unless you understand what it means.
·Never sign a blank form – for example, a bond form – even if it looks official.
·Official notices you give your landlord or agent must include all the required details.
2. At the beginning of a tenancy
·read and sign your ‘Residential Tenancy Agreement’ form
·keep a copy of anything you sign
·seek advice if you have a tenancy issue or question
·check that your new home is completely safe, and raise any issues with your landlord or agent
·complete a ‘Condition Report’ if you have paid a bond – you can add to or edit a ‘Condition Report’ completed by a landlord or agent
·consider taking photos of the property before or on the day you move in
·complete and sign the ‘Bond Lodgement’ form and keep the receipt. Your landlord or agent can lodge the bond online if they have registered with RTBA Online
·contact the utility companies of your choice to ensure these are connected by the time you move in.
3. During a tenancy
·communicate with your landlord or agent and keep them informed of any problems that may arise. You can communicate electronically (for example, by email) if both parties agree. Make sure that consent to electronic communication is in writing
·make sure you pay your rent on time
·keep all records such as rent receipts
·keep your property reasonably clean; this will minimize any problems that may occur during a landlord or agent inspection
·get written permission from your landlord if you wish to sub-let or assign the tenancy agreement to someone else
·let your landlord or agent know of any repairs that need to be done
·put all requests to your landlord or agent in writing. Forms are available from Consumer Affairs Victoria.
4. At the end of a tenancy
·give adequate notice when planning to leave; the notice period will depend on your reason for leaving
·pay any outstanding rent
·check your responsibilities for separately metered utilities
·clean the property
·consider taking photos after you move your furniture out to show the condition of the property
take all your belongings with you
·keep the ‘Condition Report’ in case of a dispute
·try to agree with your landlord or agent on the return of the bond
·if you have paid a bond, complete a ‘Bond Claim’ form and return it to the Residential Tenancies Bond Authority (RTBA).. Paper forms must be signed by you and your landlord or agent. Your landlord or agent can lodge the bond claim online if they have registered with RTBA Online
·leave a forwarding address with your landlord or agent or Australia Post.
5. Long-term leases
Long-term leasing is a new option available under the Residential Tenancies Act 1997.
From 3 April 2019, a lease agreement of more than five years is a long-term lease, and an agreement of up to five years is a short-term lease.
A long-term lease allows tenants and landlords to tailor the terms, and agree up-front on things like rent increases and minor changes to the property.
1) Benefits of a long-term lease
·The lease agreement
Long-term leases allow you to tailor the agreement to suit you and your landlord’s circumstances for a longer rental period.
If you top up your bond, you will be able to use this amount to cover any repairs or maintenance at the end of your tenancy, rather than having to come up with additional funds to cover expenses before you leave. If there are no repairs or expenses to pay at the end of the long-term lease, you can claim your bond back using the normal process.
You agree at the start of the tenancy if and when your rent will increase, and by how much. The landlord can schedule the dates and amounts based on a fixed dollar amount or percentage, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) or Statewide Rent Index (SRI). The agreed increase schedule and amount cannot change without your consent.
You can include certain modifications in the lease agreement that your landlord is happy for you to make during the lease period. You won’t need to get the landlord’s written permission before making these changes, but you will need their written permission before making any other changes to the property.
The landlord can inspect the property every 12 months.
·Ending a long-term lease agreement
You cannot shorten the lease agreement unless the landlord agrees. If you break the lease, the landlord can ask you to pay one month’s rent for every full year left on the lease. This is capped at six years, so the maximum amount the landlord can ask you to pay is six months’ rent. You may also be charged a one-off reletting or advertising fee. You can apply to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) if you need the lease to end early due to severe hardship.
2) How to start a long-term lease
If you have decided that a long-term lease is right for you, there are a number of ways you can start one.
·Switching from a short-term lease
If you are currently in a short-term lease agreement – any fixed-term lease of up to five years, or a month-to-month agreement with no set end date – and would like to move to a long-term lease, speak to your landlord/property manager or tenant about this. You can:
·mutually agree to end your current lease early and start a long-term lease. If you decide to do this, make sure you both agree on the terms of the long-term lease agreement before ending the short-term lease
·wait until the short-term lease ends and then start a new long-term lease agreement.
Remember – long-term leases are tailored specifically to suit a longer rental period, so have additional features, options and obligations.
·New lease agreements
If you are looking to rent or lease property for the first time, it’s a good idea to start with a short-term lease – for example, 12 months – to see if the arrangement is right for you.
If you are happy with your tenant or landlord/property manager, you can have a discussion towards the end of the 12-month lease about switching to a long-term lease.
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