Checklist for landlords
If you are a landlord, take note of the following tips: they can help minimise
problems and issues throughout a tenancy agreement.
- Obtain landlord insurance - this covers damage, loss of rent etc. There are many options available, so shop around.
- Make sure the property is clean and in good repair - safe; appliances, doors, locks, windows and smoke detectors working.
- Know your tenant (check ID, references, and employment details).
During the tenancy
- Complete the Residential Tenancy Agreement form (also known as a lease) available free from Consumer Affairs Victoria. You can include other conditions, such as: who is responsible for garden maintenance; nominate parts of the property that are not covered by the rental agreement; when and how rent is to be paid.
- You must give the tenant a copy of Renting a home: a guide for tenants, available from Consumer Affairs Victoria.
- Provide a Condition Report. If you take a bond, both you and the tenant must complete the condition report.
- Lodge the bond. All bonds must be lodged with the Residential Tenancies Bond Authority.
- Deal with issues as they happen. What starts out as a small problem can turn into a big issue and cost you money (eg. repairs). Late rent can escalate - it is better to work out a payment plan.
- Remember that tenants have the right to quiet enjoyment. There are laws about when and why you can enter the property. You must give the tenant notice.
- Repairs. Use qualified tradespeople. Urgent repairs must be done immediately.
- Rent increases. You must give your tenant a 60-day notice in writing. Use the free Notice of Rent Increase to Tenants of Rented Premises form available from Consumer Affairs Victoria.
- Receiving rent payments. You must provide receipts if requested by tenant. You should keep a rent payment record.
- Serve notices in writing. Notice of Rent Increase to Tenants of Rented Premises, Notice to Tenants of Rented Premises, Notice for Breach of Duty to Tenants of Rented Premises, Notice to Vacate to Tenants of Rented Premises are prescribed and are available from Consumer Affairs Victoria.
Consumer Affairs provides free...
Want to find out more? Call 1300 55 81 81 or visit Consumer Affairs Victoria website.
- forms, publications and fact sheets
- dispute resolution services
- goods-left-behind inspections.