At the start of every tenancy, the landlord or agent must give you a copy of a Fair Trading publication called the New tenant checklist.
This fact sheet contains important information to be aware of before signing a new tenancy agreement. Read the checklist carefully and ask your landlord or agent about anything you do not understand.
You should also be given:
- A copy of your tenancy agreement
- Two copies of the premises condition report, which you should fill in, returning one of the copies to your landlord or agent within 7 days. Take the time to fill out the condition report with as much detail and accuracy as possible. The condition report will be a key piece of evidence at the end of the tenancy if there is a dispute about who should pay for cleaning, damage or replacing missing items. For more information, go to the Filling out a condition report page.
- You must also be given a copy of a valid certificate of compliance or occupation certificate (issued within the last 3 years) when you enter a new tenancy for a property with a swimming or spa pool.
This requirement does not apply to properties in strata or community schemes with more than two lots as they are already subject to Council pool inspections every 3 years.
You should not be asked to pay for the cost of preparing your tenancy agreement, or for the initial supply of keys and security devices to each tenant named on the agreement.
You should not be required to pay more than 2 weeks rent in advance, or more than 4 weeks rent as a rental bond.