Looking for a place to rent for yourself or with your friends and family may be one of the toughest things in Australia right now.
Unlike in the Philippines, renting a place down under can be more complicated. BUT if you have some tips and tricks rolled under your sleeve, you might have a bit of an advantage than others.
There are several ways one can do to better succeed in looking and securing a place that you want.
If you are looking for a place to rent or you are planning to move know that there are several things that will be required from you.
Old time renters will know these things and it is wise to have them all prepared so that you can easily submit them once you found a place perfect for what you are looking for.
Deposit/rental ledger or the summary of your payment history from the previous rental property.
Reference letters from employer and previous landlord.
Pay slips and bank statements.
Photo identification like passport and driver’s licence.
Cover letter is optional but may help your application stand out.
Pet references, if you have a pet.
In Australia, there is a big difference between renting a unit or a house. A unit is usually available for a minimum of 6 months lease while a home requires a whole year at least.
If you just want to find out if the area will work for you or you just don’t have 6 months, then consider renting a room in a flat that another person owns or rents. Room for rent or room sharing.
Also, you usually need to pay upfront a refundable bond equal to 4 weeks of rent.
According to Austay, housing in and around Sydney city centre and areas nearby would cost $1000 the cheapest rent comes from Sydney Sutherland at $400. Sutherland is 35 minutes from the city centre by train.
So think hard about what type of accommodation you need and how much of your budget you can spend. It is easier to look for a place now by visiting some webpages dedicated for this purpose like:
Do your research and keep at least top 3 – 5 properties so you can prioritise and begin with them. As soon as you have your top list, contact the real estate agent and organize an inspection.
Hot properties have a long list of people who also want to inspect the place. Make sure you know exactly what you need to look at during this time. It will also help you inspect multiple houses objectively without having to go back and forth a property. Here are some of the essential things to check on your first visit to the property:
Do they have good security features?
It may help to contact your insurance provider so you can look for the exact things that can give a more positive impact in your insurance policy while also avoiding those that might give a negative.
Storage and space
Find out where your things may go like your bike or collections that may not have enough space in your new place.
Find out where linens and cleaning products may be stored. Imagine where your big furniture and appliances will fit and if there is enough space for pantry etc.
Ask for the size of the area and not the layout of the room. Is it square or more of a rectangle?
Outlets and Cables can be a huge deal as well, make sure there are enough sockets around for all your gadgets and appliance.
Gas or electricity
Which method are you most comfortable with?
Find out what kind the property has and if they have policies and/restrictions on your choice.
If you are keen to cleanliness and you like things to be in a certain way, then, be very particular of this. Most places would be as is upon viewing and if you want it cleaner before you move in, let the agent know.
Ventilation, heating and cooling
Make sure there is enough window for ventilation and also test the unit’s heating and cooling system if it is working properly. If it is broken, ask the agent to have it fixed first.
Gardens and other spaces
Do you like to tend plants or you don’t have time for such? Is there an assigned parking space or is it shared? Do you need to get parking permits? Remember to always ask and never assume.
Also, it might help to:
Do your house hunting on weekdays to avoid the Saturday crowd. If you can visit the area during peak hours or ask the neighbors around to see if the area gets too busy for your taste. Record your observation – bring a notebook to list down your observations of the place.
Ask the agent if you can also take some pictures of the house so you can remember it clearly. Connect with your contacts and networks, they might know someone who is leasing a property. Also, one source said that leases may need to have been really good in English since this is going to be a contract between the lease and the leaser.
You might want to consider bringing a friend or a professional agent along. Better yet, look for Fil-Aussie sites that advertise Filipino owned places for rent – aside from the language barrier, you share the same culture and values.
House rules may not be that hard to understand.
Here’s some websites you might want to visit: pinoyau.info gumtree.com.au Be sure it is not a rental scam. Note that we are in no way connected to any of the sites mentioned in this article.
Lastly, be polite, it will go a long way. Looking for a rental house can be easier if we are armed with research, prepared documents and proactive attitude.
As soon as you are sure about the property, go ahead and talk with the real estate agent. While it is good to make an informed and smart choice, do not be too wishy-washy, someone might just rent the property before you.