STAY A STEP AHEAD OF TENANCY ROGUES
While real estate agencies readily identify rogues using Tenancy Default databases,
private landlords need to use exceptional due diligence and caution.
SOME SIMPLE ADVICE
Insist that each prospective tenant complete an Application to Rent form.
Don’t grant immediate possession of the property from a hard-luck story.
- Ring up all the phone numbers provided on the application.
Sight the drivers licence (on all to occupy) and take a photocopy.
Contact the employer and verify the employment.
Contact the previous agent/landlord and get the story and –
Google the prospective tenant’s name.
OBTAINING THE DATA FROM YOUR AGENT
We always ask our new clients to obtain for us, a copy of the Application to Rent from their managing agent.
We often hear that this is denied by the estate agent – citing Privacy.
There is no privacy matter here!
The agent doesn’t own the docs on their file – You do!
Remind the estate agent that they are ‘Servant’ and you are ‘ Principal’ in
the Managing Agency contract.
Failure to hand over any documentation on your denmand can be reported
to Department of Consumer Protection and the Real Estate Institute in your State.
CAN YOU COLLECT RENT FROM SITTING TENANT?
No! While the tenant is in situ, the task is that of a licensed property manager.
- Once the tenant vacates (a final statement of rent arrears, damages/cleaning, less the bond,
- then we can then proceed with recovery for you.
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Richard Adams CEO, DCL5286, REA407