If you are considering moving into an end of tenancy rental property, then you should ensure you ask questions and thoroughly investigate the local bond cleaners in Adelaide before signing any contracts. As well as doing all the ground work, make sure you have all the receipts and documentation relating to your move out clean. You do not want to leave any loose ends and come back to find your end of tenancy deposits have been missing. It can put your whole move into jeopardy.
Many people think they have a good relationship with their current landlord or are lucky enough to find one they get along well with. Unfortunately this is not always the case. End of tenancy arrangements can be quite tough, especially where the end of the tenancy period is imminent. When you leave your current property and signed a lease agreement, you should know exactly what you will be entitled to. This can affect your rent during the fixed term.
You should also be aware that if you were to damage the premises during the tenancy, this would affect your ability to rent the property. This is because your landlord will be paying your repair costs. Usually your repair costs will include the labour cost to bring it up to code, and also all necessary replacements for damaged carpets, fixtures and fittings.
Landlords normally deduct this from the bond money given to you as a deposit, but in some cases you may be unable to claim on your deposit. It is not uncommon for some property owners to be evasive and point the finger of blame at you, saying something was overlooked or misprinted in the tenancy form. However, you must never feel belittled by such behaviour, as over time these tactics are used to force you to pay for repairs which may cost more than your deposit. Always insist on getting proof that any repairs are what your rental agreement states they are.
Most leases in Adelaide come with some form of a clause that states that at the end of the fixed term lease, the tenant must move out. If the property you are renting has been vacant for more than three months, the landlord must advertise the end of tenancy. At this point, it is not uncommon to hear of some nasty allegations, such as being told that you have no rights whatsoever, that you are not free to go and that you have nothing to live for. If this happens to you, it is important to contact an attorney immediately. You are legally obligated to respect your landlord's right to end the lease.
If you have decided not to move out at the end of the lease, your next step is to try and get a bond back from your bond cleaner. As previously stated, landlords in Adelaide do not always tell their tenants that they have to leave. If you try to use this as leverage against you, your chances of having your bond back dropped dramatically are very high.
Once you have an end of tenancy agreement, it is up to you to enforce it. If you have moved out, make sure that your landlord gives you a copy of the agreement and all relevant dates. Make sure that you keep all your important paperwork relating to the tenancy agreement. Do not move out until you have contacted your landlord and have received notice that he plans to file the appropriate paperwork with the court. Many times, your bond will be invalidated if you do not follow this law. Always ensure that you are in full compliance with all laws and regulations.
There is a way to fight eviction by paying the rent and delaying the eviction. If the lease period has already expired, and you have not been able to pay the rent, this is the time that you can apply to have the lease end. It is possible that the landlord may agree to a 'last months rent', but this is rarely the case. Tenants usually have very little say in the matter, and often have to take the first option offered to them. There are also special lease agreements for students, which should give you a better chance of getting your bond lifted.