All landlords (or lessors) in Queensland have many rights and responsibilities to consider.The Residential Tenancies Authority provides a guide for landlords renting out residential properties in Queensland.
General renting rules for lessors or managers are as follows:
- Respect tenants’ privacy and comply with entry requirements
- Carry out repairs and maintenance
- Meet all health and safety laws
- Lodge bond with the RTA
- Ensure that the property is clean and fit and safe to live in and in a good state of repair
- Maintain the premises in good repair and in a way that the premises remain fit for the tenant to live in
At Robert James Realty when you contact us for a rental appraisal we will provide you with suggestions for achieving the maximum rental, and with any items in the property that represent any health or safety concerns, we will provide recommendations to ensure that you are not exposed legally.
Items requiring attention when we inspect your property:
- As a landlord, you are responsible for installing smoke alarms in your property.We highly recommend you CLICK HERE to read about smoke alarms and legislative requirements. The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service recommends the use of photoelectric smoke alarms as they are particularly responsive to smouldering fires. They are also less prone to nuisance cooking alarms.
If a swimming pool is included as part of the rental property, the maintenance should be covered in the special terms of the tenancy agreement. The tenant is generally responsible for everyday maintenance such as clearing leaves from the pool and may be responsible for more regular maintenance.
- The lessor must have a pool safety compliance certificate from a licensed pool inspector prior to renting the property and should include a copy with the tenancy agreement
- It is important to include the condition of any pools on the Entry condition report (Form 1a) as the tenant will need to return the property in the same condition they received it, allowing for fair wear and tear.
Lessor also known as a landlord/agents and managers are allowed to pass on the full cost of water consumption, provided
- the rental premises are individually metered (or water is delivered by vehicle), and
- the rental premises are water efficient, and
- the tenancy agreement states the tenant must pay for water consumption
- Discuss your options in relation to water with your Robert James Realty Property Management team.
- For houses, we recommend a pest control treatment be carried out annually. If you are vacating a property where a dog/cat has been kept, a flea treatment is recommended.
For houses, we recommend pruning back any overhanging trees/vines, weeding of garden beds, mowing and edging of lawns and removal of garden waste. Pressure cleaning of driveways and/or paving areas is also recommended.
- Ensure that the property provides adequate security to enable tenants to obtain contents insurance for their personal items. Also it is recommended that all locks are secure and all operate effectively with keys.
- Ensure that all windows and doors (including cupboard doors), open and close easily. All locks and keys must be fully functional so that the premises are fully secure.
- Ensure at least 3 sets of keys, security swipe cards & remote controls (if applicable) have been provided to your Property Manager including keys for window locks, garage, garden sheds and the letterbox.
- Council waste bins must be made available for the tenant’s use. This the general waste bin and the recycling bin.
It is a legal requirement that any appliances left at the property for use by the tenant must be maintained in a working condition by the landlord. It is recommended that landlords retain the original warranty and appliance manuals and provide a copy for reference by the tenants.
- We recommend that professional carpet cleaning be carried out prior to a tenant moving in. The tenant is required, at the end of their tenancy, to ensure that the carpet is left in as close as possible the same condition as when they moved in (fair wear and tear excepted). Having the carpets professional cleaned prior to the tenant moving in, sets a good standard.
It is very important at the commencement of the tenancy, that the property has a PRE-TENANCY CLEAN. We can arrange a pre-tenancy clean quote with one of our recommended cleaners if required. If we hand over the property with a high standard of cleanliness, we can ensure the tenants return the property to the same standard of clean at the end of the tenancy.
Upon inspecting your property, we will make recommendations as to any repairs/safety issues that may need to be addressed – prior to a tenant moving in.