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Tenants’ obligations

Tenants’ obligations: here’s what your legal requirements are for a happy tenancy.

Tenants’ obligations: here’s what your legal requirements are for a happy tenancy.

When you rent a residential property, you’re under various legal obligations. Hint: It’s a good idea to stick to these obligations to make sure you get your bond back in full at the end of your tenancy!

Here’s a summary of tenants’ obligations:

  • Rent must be paid on time.
  • The property must be kept at a reasonable level of cleanliness and tidiness.
  • Bridgman Property Management must be notified of any damage as soon as possible. (There’s more information on repairs and maintenance here.) That applies whether the damage was carried out wilfully or by accident, or whether it was you or a guest visiting the property.
  • The tenant must allow Bridgman Property Management and/or the landlord reasonable access to the property.
  • Any deliberate or careless damage caused by the tenant must be paid for.
  • The tenant must use the property for residential purposes the majority of the time.
  • Tenants must pay for utilities such as electricity, gas, telecommunications and rubbish bags. In addition, the tenant must pay for metered water if there is a separate water meter and the water supplier charges on the basis of metered water. The landlord pays for the local Council Rates.
  • Give 21 days’ notice if you wish to vacate the property (if on a periodic tenancy).
  • At the end of the tenancy, all belongings must be removed, and the property must be left in a reasonable state of cleanliness. Keys, access cards and garage door openers must be returned, and the landlord’s chattels left in the property. Here’s more information on vacating a property.
  • Allow Bridgman Property Management to show prospective tenants, real estate agents, buyers or valuers through the property in a way that suits the landlord and tenant.
  • Tenants must comply with all the conditions set out in the Tenancy Agreement.

Tenants must not:

  • Make any alterations to the property without written permission from Bridgman Property Management.
  • Damage the property; or allow others to damage the property, be it deliberately or carelessly.
  • Allow the property to be used for any unlawful activities. This applies to the tenant and anyone else living or visiting the property.
  • Interfere with neighbours’ peace or comfort, or allow anyone else at the property to do so.
  • Threaten or assault, or permit any other person to threaten or assault, the landlord, or any member of the landlord’s family, or any agent of the landlord, or another building occupant or neighbour.
  • Change the locks without asking the landlord first.
  • Interfere with, or stop from working, any means of escape from fire such as smoke alarms.
  • Refuse entry to Bridgman Property Management when they’re entitled to enter the property.
  • Remain at the property after the tenancy has ended.
  • Sub-let the property without the written permission of Bridgman Property Management. Only the people originally included in your application and Tenancy Agreement are permitted to reside at the property permanently. Any changes to this must be approved by Bridgman Property Management in writing.

Remember, if you’re renting with Bridgman Property Management and you’re not sure about something, please contact us. (And if it’s an emergency, we’re here to help you 24/7.)

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