Renting a Home: A Guide for Tenants and Landlords

There exists a formal business relationship between landlords and the tenants. Therefore, each of the parties should be aware of their rights and obligations in the relationship. These obligations and rights must follow the Residential Tenancies Act, and both parties should be given a copy of the residential tenancy agreement and a condition report that is completed by the tenant and landlord/agent.


Guideline for the tenants

  • Do not sign the dotted line before you are sure of what you are getting into. Any formal notices and official communications from the agent or landlord must bear the name of the owner. To ensure the agreement has your interests:
  • Seek professional advice to iron out areas that are unclear
  • Keep a copy of the tenancy agreement after you have signed it
  • Check that the premises you are to be living are Use professional assistance to ensure that the house is in good condition
  • Before paying a bond, ensure that you fill and sign the Condition report and keep a copy of the same. Complete and sign the bond lodgement form and retain a copy. Keep the repayment receipts as it assists in getting the bond back.
  • For any issues, talk to the agent or the landlord before taking any further action
  • Subscribe to utility providers such as water, electricity, and internet. When leaving home, contact them to disconnect the same and pay the final bills.

 Guidelines for the landlords  

  • Read the tenancy agreement and retain a copy. Provide a copy to the tenant to read before signing
  • You must complete the condition report followed by the Bond Lodgment form.
  • Use the agreement to solve any disputes that may arise from time to time. If the disputes are not solved, you and the tenant may seek arbitration from relevant authorities.
  • Provide 60 days written notice of rent increases
  • Must not interfere with the tenants possession on the premise
  • To provide written notice when wanting to end the tenancy agreement
  • Notify the tenant for change of name and address of landlord or their tenant
  • Must not unlawfully evict the tenant
  • Take the relevant but legal steps in cases of gross violation of the agreement to avoid any litigation in future

Each of the parties should fulfill their obligation as regards to maintenance of the home as well as repairs. When everyone is playing his or her part, helps prevent disputes and ensures smooth relationships between the two parties.