Stage 1 of Your Home Ownership or Renting Life Stage – Teenage Years

Welcome to the first of six articles about the home ownership and renting life stages we pass through over the years. As we discuss each stage, we’ll identify the jobs you can and can’t do around your rental or owned home and when you should get the professional tradesperson in.renting

As a teenager or young adult, the first property you live in after you leave your parent’s home is most likely to be rented. You may be the one with your name on the tenancy agreement or simply a flatmate. As  the named tenant, you pay a weekly cost to live in the rental property directly to the landlord. Clicking on the image above will take you through to reach  Tenancy Services. They can help you with further information on the basics of renting and flatting.

If you are a flatmate, you pay it to the person whose name is on the tenancy agreement and they pay the landlord. Whichever you are, ensure you get a receipt or pay via internet banking so you have a record of payments made.

Who is responsible for repairing things around your flat when you are renting?

As a tenant, you must inform the landlord immediately if you notice anything which needs fixing. This also includes maintenance work to be done, regardless of how the damage occurred. This is to ensure that your flat remains safe and the landlord can arrange to fix the problem. (more…)

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preparing your rental propertyWhen preparing your rental property for tenants, it’s handy to have a pragmatic approach to home design and decorating.  Of equal importance is having knowledge of the practical and legal requirements of being a landlord. This includes understanding about a tenancy agreement and the  residential tenancies act.

If you’re converting your own home to a rental property, remember your tenants may not have the same taste as you.  You may love your brown carpet and cream floral wallpaper, but others may not!

If you have bought a property specifically to rent it out, then its best to decorate it with neutral colours. Creating a bright blank canvas is preferable. This will appeal to a wide range of tenants. It also lets them personalise the rental property  without clashing with the decor.

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waste removersA waste remover is a tradesperson who will remove any unwanted objects from your property. Waste can refer to natural waste, garbage, recycling, white ware, construction waste, among other things.

A waste remover can also provide you with a skip or bins, and can be contracted to remove waste on a weekly basis. They can provide garden, office, home, green and/or commercial rubbish removal services.  Waste removers can also deal with deceased or liquidated estates in a sensitive manner.

When hiring waste removers check whether they’ll deliver a skip which you can fill yourself, or they’ll come onto your property and remove the unwanted items such as old appliances, broken furniture, renovation rubbish, old sheds and more. Anything and everything you have no further use for.

If you are a landlord who has had tenants move out leaving your rental property in a uninhabitable state, waste removers can handle this for you – with your permission they may go under the house, into the office, warehouses, garages and sleepouts to clean up after the tenants.

Some items waste removers can remove from your property include:

  • Moving out junk
  • Old furniture including beds,tables and mattresses
  • Wood, timber, metals, builders waste
  • Computers, televisions, electrical goods, whiteware, stoves, washing machines, dryers
  • Crockery
  • Rubbish from under the house
  • Carpet
  • Renovation/builders waste
  • Baths. sinks, shower units
  • Cabinets,doors,windows
  • Garage junk
  • Spa pools
  • Garden sheds
  • Trees, branches, grass clippings

Rubbish removal services include:

  • Bulk rubbish removal from your site
  • Paper and cardboard recycling services
  • Supplying rubbish bags, wheelie bins and paper recycling boxes

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