March 25, 2020

Five things tenants can’t do without permission

As much as a rental property may feel like your home, the reality is it’s a valuable asset that is effectively on loan to you during the duration of your tenancy.

That means when you sign a lease agreement, there are certain things you can and can’t do. These conditions are designed to ensure the property remains in the same condition as when you entered it and is maintained properly.

This relationship isn’t one sided either. In return, property managers and landlords also have conditions they need to meet including keeping the home safe and livable, and respecting your privacy.

So to avoid any confusion later down the track, here’s a quick guide to five things a tenant can’t do without permission.

Picture holes

It’s important to understand as a tenant you can’t alter the structure of the building in any way and that includes putting picture holes in walls.

Picture holes may seem like a small thing, but quickly add up, affecting the overall appearance of the residence.

That’s not to say you can’t hang your favourite piece of artwork, you just need to ask for permission from the property manager and landlord first.

Remember picture holes and other fixtures and fittings are carefully documented on the entry condition report, so chances are the property manager will realise if a couple of extra have been added and ask you to remedy them.

Bring home a pet

As much as we all love our four-legged friends, some properties simply aren’t suited to animals and in some instances, pets can cause damage through digging, scratching etc

If you plan on bringing home a new addition to the family in the form of a pet you need to seek permission first. It’s important to note the definition of pets extends beyond conventional domestic animals like cats and dogs – it also encompasses caged birds, pet snakes, and backyard chickens

Sub-let the property

Anyone who resides in the rental property needs to be listed on the lease. This ensures adequate rental checks are carried out and responsibility for the property is properly shared.

Bear in mind, this also extends to sub-letting should you go away, and short-term letting over holiday periods.

Organise your own tradies

If you break it, it’s your responsibility, but if something beyond that goes wrong with the rental property, your property manager is the person who should organise a tradesperson.

As an example, if you knock a wall and dent it, it will be your responsibility to have the wall fixed, but if a crack appears due to subsidence, it’s the landlord’s job to fix it.

The best tip here is to contact your property manager and seek advice should something be damaged. They will then organise a tradesperson or point you in the right direction.

Illegal activities

This should go without saying, but illegal activities are not permitted in rental properties, and could actually see you in breach of a lease.

This includes illicit drug use, manufacturing and supply of narcotics, and other activities which are against the law in your state.

At Eview Group our experienced property managers pride themselves on establishing great relationships with both tenants and landlords. We appreciate as a renter, the property you reside in is the place you call home.