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Top 3 tips for applying for accommodation
21
Jan14

Looking for student accommodation and ready to apply? Here are three things to keep in mind:

1. Inspect the property

 

While your landlord will provide a signed copy of their inspection sheet that shows the accommodation is in good condition, it’s a good idea to double check. Visit the accommodation site before you sign the rental contract and discuss any problems with your landlord. If you can, take photos or video of the property (showing the date) so you have a record of how the property looked before you moved in.

 

 

2. Read the lease and discuss any concerns with your landlord before you sign it

 

The lease is a legal contract that explains what you and your landlord are responsible for while you’re renting the property. If you break any of its conditions after signing it, you may be forced to leave the property.

 

Read the lease and make note of the basics: how long the lease is for and when rent will be due. You can also ask your landlord for this information, as well as any questions you have about making changes to the property and who to contact when something needs fixing. If you agree with the conditions in the lease, you may choose to sign it. You should receive a copy from your landlord within 21 days.

 

 

3. Know your rights

  1. Rent can only be increased once every six months
  2. If you break the rules in the lease, you may be forced to leave the property
  3. If you need help, contact the Residential Tenancies Tribunal by phoning 131 882 or email tenancy.advice@agd.sa.gov.au.

Follow these tips and accommodation advice to help you find your perfect home away from home.