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Tenant obligations when renting


The tenant is responsible for keeping and leaving the property in a reasonable state of cleanliness, ensuring the property is in a similar condition to what is was in when the tenancy started, except for Reasonable wear and tear .

If the tenant caused the need for repairs, they must pay the costs of the repairs.

When to notify the owner

If repairs are needed, the tenant must notify the owner within seven days. This should be in writing, and the tenant should keep a copy of the letter/email/text.

Smoke alarms

Tenants must regularly test all smoke alarms and keep them clean so that they work properly.

Tenant advocacy and support

There are independent advocacy support services available which protect the rights of people with disability. CBOS also helps clients who require extra support managing their MyBond account. Read more information on tenant advocacy and support using MyBond.

Updated: 02 Jul 2020

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