If you have never rented property before, you may feel caught in the middle. 

Many first-time tenants worry that because they cannot prove a rental history, they will not be able to rent a property - leading to a catch-22-type situation.

Fortunately, every tenant has been a first-time renter at some point and there are a number of things you can do to strengthen your application.

A Property Manager will be mainly concerned with an applicant's ability to pay the rent, as well as their ability to take care of the property and comply with the terms and conditions of the tenancy.

The information you should supply will vary depending on your previous circumstances - for example, if you were previously living in student accommodation, you may wish to provide the details of the person who was in charge of managing the complex.

If you previously owned your own home and have sold the property, the agent who handled the sale may be able to act as a reference for you.

And if you are currently living with your parents, you will require personal references. In some situations, you may also choose to have a parent co-sign your tenancy with you.

Examples of documentation you can provide that will help a property investment manager make these decisions include:

  • Verification of employment

  • Verification of income

  • Reference from employer or fellow staff member

  • Reference from neighbour/teacher/business person/doctor/accountant

  • Photo identification - driver's licence/passport/student ID

  • Personal references - these should not be from relatives

  • Last gas/electricity/phone bill or rates notice

Renting - documents a tenant should receive before moving in:

  • Copy of the tenancy agreement

  • Copy of the bond lodgement form

  • Original and copies of the condition report - to be checked, completed and signed, then returned to the office in the required time frame

  • Receipt for initial rent amount and bond

  • Photocopy of all keys and remote controls (if any)

  • Emergency contact number details

Your Harveys' Property Manager will be able to offer you additional information that is applicable to your particular circumstances.

Renting - routine inspection checklist

Your landlord or property manager will carry out a periodic inspection of the property to ensure it is being well cared for and any routine repairs are made. This inspection may include the following:

  • The property is being maintained in a clean and tidy condition.

  • The grounds are being maintained in a clean and tidy condition.

  • The property is not being damaged in any way.

  • There are no more than the number of people specified on the tenancy agreement living at the property.

  • No pets are housed at the property, unless otherwise agreed to.

  • Any maintenance issues identified can be attended to.

Areas where the tenant does not agree with what is stated on the condition report should be noted on the appropriate section of the document. You must complete the inspection report and return it to the property manager/owner within the specified number of days or the condition of the property is deemed to be accurate as completion.

Be ready for what you need to do.