• Fixed term agreement
    A fixed term agreement means you are renting the property for an agreed upon and fixed length of time, e.g. 1 year. Neither the landlord nor the tenant can give notice to vacate the property before the completion of the fixed term. When the fixed term period has been reached, the lease will automatically become a periodic agreement. The owner can release a tenant from the contract but they are required to pay rent and cost associated with tenanting a property until a new tenant is found.
  • Periodic Tenancy
    A periodic tenancy has no end date and means the tenancy is for an indefinite period of time. If either the landlord or the tenant wishes to end the tenancy, the correct amount of notice must be given in writing. This is 28 days for tenants, or 90 days for an owner with a reason as specified in the RTA.
  • Rental Bond
    The rental bond is requested as financial protection should there be a breach in the tenancy agreement. Your rental bond will be lodged with the Residential Tenancy Bond Authority, and will not be physically held by the landlord or Harcourts itself. The bond is held as security against any property damage, undue wear and tear, or in the event there is money owing at the end of tenancy. Once it is established that all conditions of the tenancy have been met, the bond will be refunded within 20 working days.

    If you leave your rental to move into a different rental property that is managed by Harcourts Just Rentals, then this bond can be transferred by the Residential Tenancy Bond Authority to the new property, and any difference refunded. If your new bond is higher than your previous bond, you will be

    required to pay the difference. The amount of bond payable is specified in the tenancy agreement, but usually 4 weeks’ rent is required up front. Please note, the bond required may increase where there is a rent increase. As the primary tenant of the property, it is your responsibility to ensure rent is paid in full and on time and that the property sustains no damage. If damage does occur and rent is not paid, it will be your bond which it is claimed against.
  • Property Inspection Report
    We undertake property inspection reports or ingoing reports to document the condition of the property prior to you moving in. We do this so that you will not be held accountable for any pre-existing damage or wear and tear at the end of your tenancy. We will also ask you to add your own observations to this report prior to you moving in.
  • Routine inspections
    We conduct routine property inspections during your tenancy (usually every quarter) to ensure the property is being well maintained and to address any issues or general wear and tear reported by the tenant. The tenant is required to keep the house and grounds in a clean and tidy manner. You will always be notified of an upcoming routine inspection at least 4 days’ in advance. You do not have to be present for a property inspection, though you can be if you wish to discuss and show your property manager anything in person. Unfortunately, inspection times are non-negotiable and cannot be changed. It is expected that the property will be tidy and well-presented. If there are any follow-up actions following a property inspection, you will be notified within 48 hours.

    When conducting a routine inspection we will be looking for:
    · Cleanliness of the property
    · Leaks in or under any sinks, basins, showers and pipes
    · Congestion or problems with appliances like the stove and oven
    · Each room for general wear-and-tear and condition
    · Signs of mildew or mould in wet areas and window sills
    · Rust in any kitchen appliances
    · General condition of the garden and outdoor areas

    It is also common practice for our agents to take photographs when inspecting your property. These are for the property managers and property owners private viewing and reference only and for insurance purposes.