How to rent a house in Australia

Learn the local lingo

The first step to renting property in Australia is to get a handle on the local lingo that residents and agents use to describe their humble homes or magnificent mansions.

Useful websites

Useful APP

  • TenantApp: This should be the best APP for rental inspection. It helps you arrange inspections on a calendar view.
  • Realestateview: There are not a lot information on this APP, but you can have a look.
  • Domain: There are not a lot information on this APP, but you can have a look.

Inspection

Once a suitable property has been found that meets the requirements, it’s time to arrange an inspection.

Application

Real estate agents can take more than one application for a property at a time, so you should make sure when submitting that they include all the correct information. This can often be the difference between securing a property and losing out to someone else who is better prepared.

  • Proof of identity (passport/drivers license)
  • Bank statement
  • References — one of the most important parts of the application. This will include the applicant’s current employer and friends and, possibly, a previous landlord
  • Credit card
  • Registration certificate
  • Proof of income, latest three payslips
  • Recent rent receipt
  • Cover letter — It’s a good way to show honest, especially for expats when there are too many competitors

Signing

When renting property in Australia, there is no standard for how much rent has to be paid in advance. However, when coming to sign the lease and to pay the first instalment of rent, the new tenant will also need to pay a bond, usually for the amount of a month to six weeks’ rent.

Broadband

Find an broadband company for your property. For example, Belong is a good choice for its price.

Electricity

Find a electricity company for your property. For example, Ergon is the choice in Bundaberg.

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Frankie Fan

Frankie Fan

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