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Renting: The Law and You

For those of you who have owned a house or paid a mortgage, renting can come as a shock. How do you find a place to live? What is a fair rent? What are the CSA, spousal maintenance and other implications? What rights do I have? How do I find out about them? What happens to my bond?

The best place to search for a place to rent is on the internet, try looking at the following web sites:

http://www.domain.com.au/

http://www.myhome.com.au/

http://www.realestate.com.au/

NSW government site about renting and your rights.

http://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/

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The hardest part is references - if you have had a mortgage for years there are no references and that can be used as a reason to not rent.

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Coming from a real estate and finance background, I do understand that rental references can be difficult to supply when the applicant has not rented for many years. An alternative that I have seen successful is to provide the property manager with "character" type references together with the last 12 months statements on your mortgage/home loan and a current Curriculum Vitae. When read in combination, these prove that the applicant is committed to meeting financial obligations and is of good character with constructive life experience. If the applicant is involved with any community groups or does volunteer work, a reference in this regard reinforces the character of the applicant as well. A property manager is simply looking for the best tenant possible at the time. The other applicants may have rental references but may also display sporadic employment and frequent relocations… it's clear who they would recommend to the landlord. 
Another option is to rent direct from the owner. Still sign a tenancy agreement, but avoid the vampires, I mean agents (no offence, Lilsmum).

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