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Here is a list of all the different websites you can visit to help you find a place to rent:
Check out the main notice boards around campus and you can also look up the places to rent/ to let/ flatmates wanted ads in the local newspaper, the Manawatu Evening Standard. The newspaper is available Monday to Saturday, however the best days to look for ads are Wednesday and Saturday.
Massey University Students’ Association (MUSA) owns about 40 properties that are rented out to students. To find out further information about them, contact the property Manager Dave Faulkener at Property Brokers, 238 Broadway Avenue Palmerston North, Phone 06 355 5595.
Once you have found a few suitable properties to look at you should ask the landlord the following questions:
1.When is the property available?
2.Is it a fixed-term tenancy or a periodic tenancy? (See below for further information on the different types of tenancy agreements)
3.How much is the rent?
4.How much bond is required?
5.Is the property fully furnished?
6.What whiteware (e.g. washing machine, refrigerator, microwave, etc) is included?
7.Is it close to transport? Shops? University?
8.How many people are allowed to live in the property?
9.Will you need a Flat/House sharing agreement?
10.Does the property get morning or afternoon sun?
11.Is the property energy efficient?
12.How secure is the property?Are there deadlocks or an alarm?
13.Who is responsible for mowing the lawn?
14.Is there a garage or on-street parking available?
15.Is it OK to smoke inside?
16.Are pets allowed?
17.What’s the neighbourhood like?
18.Does the landlord have any references?
Once you have chosen a preferred flat you may be asked to complete a pre tenancy application form, which asks for your contact details, previous landlord details and references.The landlord may also ask for consent to have reference and credit checks completed on you.You can also ask the landlord for references from previous tenants.
If you are offered the flat, you will need to meet with the landlord to discuss the terms of the tenancy agreement and also conduct a thorough property inspection together.The tenancy agreement records contact details for both the landlord and the tenant.It also sets out the terms of the tenancy (e.g. amount of rent, amount of bond, the date the tenancy begins, maximum number of occupants), and the other terms the landlord and tenant agree on, as long as they do not breach the Residential Tenancies Act 1986.
When you meet with the landlord you should ask some follow-up questions, such as:
1.What is the best way to contact the landlord?
2.Is there someone else that can be contacted in the event of an emergency?
3.How often will the landlord conduct property inspections?
4.Is any routine maintenance done on the property?
5.Do they have details of preferred tradespeople?Can you contact them directly if needed?
6.When is rubbish and recycling collected?
After discussing the terms of the tenancy and having all your questions answered, you then should go through the property with the landlord and note any damage on the property inspection report. Things you should check and make sure are working properly are:
Your responsibility as a tenant includes:
The law requires your landlord to:
Once you have all completed the property inspection report and agree to the terms of the tenancy, you then can sign the tenancy agreement.
When paying rent you may like to set up an automatic payment.An automatic payment is where your rent will go directly into the landlords account.This will ensure you never miss a payment.It is also a good idea to keep all your bank statements as a record of your rent payments.
The landlord can legally ask for up to four weeks rent as bond and no more than 2 weeks rent in advance( if the rent is to be paid every week, the landlord can only ask for 1 week in advance).The bond must be submitted to the Department of Building and Housing who will hold the bond until the end of the tenancy.Once you pay the rent in advance and the bond and the bond gets lodge with Department of Building and Housing your landlord should send you a receipt as well as a copy of the signed tenancy agreement.About two weeks after you move into the property you should get a bond acknowledgement letter from the Department of Building and Housing advising that the bond has been lodged. The bond will be refunded; as long as you pay the rent owed and do not damage the property.
Always find out about insurance for your property!In most cases the landlords insurance will cover the property, but you will need a contents insurance policy to protect your belongings and also cover any personal liability.You can contact the Department of Housing for more information or any insurance companies.
First up, if you pay rent, you need a tenancy agreement. This is a legal document that explains your rights and responsibilities and spells out exactly what you have agreed with the landlord. Remember the law applies even if you don’t have a lease, so there’s no way round it.
There are two types of tenancies, periodic and fixed term - you need to know the difference and understand which you are signing.
Other stuff you need to know about tenancy agreements:
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Last updated on Friday 29 June 2018