If you’re renting property in Hobart, you’ll be asked to pay a bond. Should you expect to get it back? After all, raising an additional four weeks’ rent before you move in can be stressful, and it’s your money: or is it?
The good news is that yes, it is your money, and only certain things can be deducted from it when you move out.
Number One Tip: Take Before and After Photos
Before you move in to a property, and on the day you move in, you should conduct a thorough inspection. If everything’s neat, clean, and good repair (and it will be if you work through us) you don’t need to take any action.
But if you spot things that look less than perfect, you should immediately communicate with your landlord. Take pictures as proof, and save all correspondence. A good landlord will immediately attend to any issues you pick up, but some don’t, and you may decide to live with it. There’s just one problem: an unprofessional landlord may try to claim that you caused the damage yourself and deduct it from your bond.
As an extra safeguard, photograph all rooms on the day you move out and you’re done with cleaning up. That way, you can refute any false claims of clean up and repair costs that may crop up. None of this is really necessary when you are dealing with a professional property management company, but it’s always good to be on the safe side.
Damage vs Reasonable Wear and Tear
Although the property owner or property management company can deduct money from your bond to pay for damage, they may not do so for reasonable wear and tear. For example, if the carpets have become worn in high traffic areas, that’s reasonable wear and tear. But if there are wine stains on the carpet, that’s damage. One way to be sure of getting your full bond back is to repair any damage as it occurs.
If you got behind with your rent, it’s only fair that your landlord claims the amount due against your bond. After all, it is also called a security deposit, and it’s there to protect the property owner. Remember that a good rental reference is a real advantage when you’re hunting for a new place to stay and keep up to date with your rent.
What if I don’t Agree with the Landlord’s Claims Against My Bond?
If you don’t agree with claims against your bond, the first step is to try negotiating with your landlord. Refer back to the property condition report you got when you moved in and ask why certain charges are being levied. Once again, be sure to keep copies of all correspondence. If you can’t reach a negotiated agreement, you can allow the court to decide whether the charges are fair or not.
Yet Another Reason to Rent Through a Professional Property Manager
A professional property manager won’t make the mistakes that inexperienced private landlords make. For example, they’ll conduct regular inspections. These not only the protect the landlord’s rights – they protect your right to a rental property that’s kept in good repair.
During inspections, point out signs of wear and tear. A hands-off landlord will just see the difference between the house’s condition before and after your tenancy, but a property manager knows how to spot reasonable wear and tear and won’t blame it on you.
If you’re renting in Hobart, it pays to work through professional property managers. Baxton Property management’s long-standing reputation in Hobart was built on excellent service, fair dealings, and absolute professionalism. That’s why landlords trust us, and that’s why tenants love us.
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