As a landlord, taking careful steps at the start of a tenancy can prevent any issues and disputes during and at the end of a tenancy.

The first step when it comes to starting any tenancy is securing complete and correct documentation. Double check for accuracy, particularly spelling and numbers on tenancy agreements. Ensure bond lodgement forms include all property and tenant details and are filed within the required 10 day timeline.

Information on the Entry Condition Report should be detailed and accurate as well as include photos. These will be valuable to you when a tenancy ends and essential when filling out the Exit Condition Report.

The Bond refund form comes about once the tenant vacates the property and both parties must sign the form. Refunding a rental bond will go much quicker and smoother if an agreed form is signed by all parties with accurate and current bank account details.

If a claim against a rental bond must be made, whether in part or full, you, a property landlord, must have a good reason to do so. When making a claim, make sure to include the tenants’ forwarding address, contact information, and the amount and reason for the claim.

At the end of the day, communication between landlord and tenant is fundamental in avoiding or resolving any issues.