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Renting a house A school-leavers guide

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A today s agenda Decide what you want Finding a house Putting your best foot forwards Your rights and obligations Pitfalls...
Decide what you want Price Style or age Size and location Fencing Bedrooms Length of Tenancy
What do properties rent for
Finding a property The internet is the best source  www.realestate.co.nz www.trademe.co.nz www.watsonrealestate.co.nz
Finding a property Consider the grounds Is the size appropriate  Will it appeal to lots of people  Don t expect it to be t...
Putting your best foot forwards
Dress to impress  You may be  pre-judged  on what you wear, how you talk, what you drive  so make a good impression
Applying for a rental property
Applying for a rental property The Minors Contracts Act  If you are under 18 the Agreement should be ratified
Applying for a rental property You can use a Guarantor  Someone else  e.g. a parent  who will take a financial interest if...
Referees  Part time work Family friend Voluntary groups or organisations
Tenants Obligations Pay the rent on time Use the house for residential purposes Have no more people living at the house th...
Tenants Obligations Keep the home reasonably clean and tidy Rules at the end of tenancy Allow the owner reasonable access ...
A tenant must not.... Carelessly or deliberately cause damage Use the home for any unlawful purpose Disturb your neighbour...
A landlords must... Give 60 days notice of rent increase Give 48 hours notice of an inspection Give 24 hours notice of rep...
A landlords must... Pay the rates Take steps to ensure tenants aren   t disturbed by the landlords other tenants Adhere to...
Pitfalls of renting  the stuff to watch out for
Shared Bills Beware of being the only person whose name is on the power, Sky, internet etc If things go bad it is your cre...
Joint and Several Liability  Any or all people named on the Tenancy Agreement can be responsible for any debt.
Exemplary Damages The court can now make tenants pay exemplary damages to the landlord for breaking certain rules  up to  ...
Reporting Damage and Maintenance  Failure to report maintenance or damage may mean you have to pay the repairs.
Pay into a  flat account  for rent and other costs  This clearly proves that you have paid your part and theft is less lik...
Get contents insurance including liability  Protect yourself and your stuff.
Rent through a real estate company  They understand your rights and those of the landlord