How do I get my bond back?
The final inspection can be a nerve-wracking experience for anyone, waiting as the property manager goes through your rental property with a fine-toothed comb, ensuring all cleaning obligations have been met.
While CoreLogic RP Data’s April 2015 Quarterly Rental Review shows the supply of residential rentals is on the rise, maintaining a good reputation as a tenant is still crucial in the competitive market. There are however some simple things to keep in mind to help reclaim your bond.
Don’t leave cleaning to the end
Keep things clean and well-maintained from the beginning. It’s easy when you start a tenancy to put cleaning on the back-burner, safe in the knowledge that you’ll have time for it later.
Keeping a clean household, whether you’re living alone, with family or in shared accommodation, only becomes more difficult when you neglect it. If things get out of hand, you can bring in professional cleaning help. The costs of household services however - which have risen almost 2 per cent in the last year - can add up, leaving you opening your wallet just to try and get money back.
Follow your tenancy agreement
Everything required of you is laid out in your tenancy agreement, the legal document you signed at the beginning of your stay. Before scheduling your final inspection, carefully go through your agreement, checking off your obligations.
In some cases there will be conditions that differ between tenancies, so make sure
to read everything carefully, following the agreement to the letter. Your opinion on whether your carpets need steam-cleaning is irrelevant - if you agreed to it, it’s your responsibility and you must follow through.