Moving To The Sunshine Coast: 4 Tips To Renting a Property For The First Time
You just decided to move to the Sunshine Coast and rent your first home.
Now, as exciting as this new adventure is, it can also feel overwhelming. You need to define what kind of place you want, trawl through property sites, go to inspections, put together your rental applications, and the list goes on.
So, to help you in this stressful process, we’ve shared below our best tips on renting for the first time.
Documents Needed For Rental Applications
The first step when renting a house for the first time is to familiarise yourself with the documents that you will need to gather to apply for a rental. Having the appropriate documents on hand means you’ll be able to apply immediately when you find the home of your dreams, increasing your chances of securing the property.
Some of the main documents you’ll be asked to provide include the following:
- Photo identification: it could be your driver’s license or your passport.
- A bank statement or utility bill with your name on it.
- Proof of income: provide three recent payslips.
- Rental history: if you’ve never rented before, provide a solid reference and offer to set up direct debit payments.
- Reference letters from employers, colleagues, or any other reputable source.
- Personal references from friends or family members.
Key Considerations When Renting Your First Property
Before jumping on rental property websites and looking for the perfect place, you need to know what you really need and want. And you also need to be realistic based on your budget. So, we’d recommend you have a must-have list, deal breakers and a nice-to-have list.
Here’s some inspiration for the things you need to consider for your must-have list.
- How many bedrooms do you really need?
- Do you have a pet and therefore need a pet-friendly property?
- What locations/suburbs are you willing to live in?
- Do you need parking?
- Do you need easy access to public transport?
- Are there any other amenities you need to be close to?
Know Your Rental Legal Responsibilities
As a tenant, you have rights. And being familiar with laws and regulations, such as the Residential Tenancy Act, is critical to ensuring a successful rental experience. If you’re renting out a property in Queensland, you’ll need to refer to the Residential Tenancies Authority.
Some of the fundamental responsibilities of a landlord include the following:
- Providing a clean property, fit to live in and maintaining it to a reasonable standard
- Ensuring the property’s security. This includes maintaining locks and providing tenants with one key for each lock.
- Landlords shouldn’t interfere with renters’ peace.
- Landlords must give written notice if they ever need to enter the property.
Find A Property Managed By An Experienced Property Management Company
While you might not consider it an essential factor at first, dealing with a professional property manager might be easier than liaising with your landlord for every issue you might encounter.
Not only can an experienced Sunshine Coast property management company, such as Orchard Property Sales & Rentals, save you time and hassle, by putting you in touch with the right people at the right time.
And the great thing about property management companies is that they’re constantly in touch with owners looking to rent out their properties. So, if you want to find the perfect home for you and your family, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’d love to discuss your needs and help you find the perfect place!