How to Become a Tenant

Step 1: Decide on what you want

The more you know about what you want, the easier your search will be. Before you even start looking, make a list of what’s important to you. Consider whether you want a house or flat in Adelaide and what neighbourhoods appeal to you.

Of course, you’ll sometimes have to trade off one good thing against another. It’s a good idea to divide your wish list into “essential” and “nice to have”, to make these decisions easier.

Area
Probably the most important question. Do you want to live near your work? In a leafy neighbourhood or somewhere central? Take some time at a weekend to walk around and get a feel for the areas you’re considering.

Transport links
For some people, this is even more important than the area itself. Do you want to walk to work, or will anywhere that’s near a bus stop do?

Size and type
A few things to consider:

  • House or flat?
  • How many bedrooms?
  • Do you need a spare room?
  • Do you want outside space like a garden?

Budget
Ah! The big question. Set yourself a price range, and work it out by week.

Be prepared to make adjustments if there are other benefits: a more expensive house or flat might be in an area of Adelaide that is closer to work.

Step 2: Start looking

Once you know what you’re after, it’s time to start looking for houses or flats that measure up. Bear in mind that most landlords are looking for tenants who can move in within 2-4 weeks. If you won’t be ready to move by then, it might be worth waiting.

Step 3: Look around the places you like

Once you’ve found a house or flat that you like the look of, we can make a viewing appointment so you can get a real feel for the place.

Step 4: Agree to rent

Once you’ve decided on a particular home, we move into the rental agreement stage. You tell us you want to go ahead by competing an application for residential tenancy (link to the form).

This is when we check your references and complete a 100 point check to prove your identification, such as providing copies of your drivers license (40 points),  bank statement (30 points),  passport (30 points), etc. Assuming there’s no problem, we then get approval from the landlord.

Step 5: Sign the tenancy agreement

We’ll handle the paperwork and provide a tenancy agreement for you to sign. It’s legally binding, so make sure you read it carefully. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

Among other things, it will tell you:

  • The duration of tenancy – the minimum length of time you agree to rent for
  • How much rent you will pay, and how often
  • Your responsibilities regarding bills and maintenance
  • Your rights as a tenant.

Step 6: Move in!

When the paperwork’s done and your security bond and two weeks rent are paid, the only thing left is to move into your flat or house.

We’ll arrange for you to pick up the keys and also receive a copy of the ingoing inspection report.

Welcome to your new home!