Open communication between tenant and their Property Manager is the key to a happy tenancy for everyone involved, however many tenants are unsure about things they need to report to their Property Manager and even more importantly things that require landlord permission in your rental. Here is a quick cheat sheet of some of the more unknown things tenants need to speak to their Property Manager about.
1. Getting a pet: Whilst it may seem extremely obvious, there is an alarmingly large amount of tenants who do not realise that pets must be approved in their rental property. Sadly, if permission is not sought it can be a break of your tenancy with serious consequences. Always make sure you get permission before introducing a new furry family member to your home
2. Adding additional tenants to the lease: All tenants must go through the same application process and be approved by the landlord, regardless of what stage of the lease they are coming in at. Many tenants think that one person can be on the lease and everyone else sublets off the head tenant, which is not the case. If you are wanting to rent out the spare room to someone, make sure you go through your Property Manager so all the appropriate checks and balances are completed.
3. Reporting an outgoing tenant: Same goes for when one tenant moves out but the rest of the tenants on the lease remain in the property. You Property Manager needs to be informed of this so the correct tenant information is on file. This also protects the tenant moving out – as long as they are on the lease they are liable for any missed payments or damages to the property, even if they aren’t there!
4. Mounting objects to the walls: Anything that requires you to drill a hole in the wall will need landlord permission. This includes curtain rails, tv mounts, picture hooks and clothing hooks. Always check with your Property Manager before picking up the power tool.
5. Cosmetic or structural changes to the property: It’s not just major structural changes such as adding an additional wall or doorway in the property that you need to speak to your Property Manager about, but also minor cosmetic changes such as painting or changing the curtains do also need to be cleared with your landlord. Many times Owners Corporations have strict rules that tenants may not realise they are breaking with their conservative modifications.
Having good communication with your Property Manager will allow your tenancy to be smooth and hassle free. Ensure that you talk to your Property Manager before you do anything to change the property or introduce any one (of both the two legged and four legged variety) so that you are not inadvertently breaking any rules.
For more information on what needs to be communicated between tenant and Property Manager, please contact Solid Property Management on (03)9690 2666.