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5 Tips For Renting In A Rooming House

Posted by RoomingKos on 27 July 2021

When it comes to choosing a rooming house, These are the 5 things you should ask yourself. 

  1. Consider the Location 

Deciding where you want to rent is really important. You should consider how long you want to be spending traveling to work or traveling to university. You should also consider whether public transport is closeby, or whether your location is close to essential facilities such as grocery stores, chemists, gyms etc.

A perfect example are those who work 5 days a week, whilst studying 2 days a week. In this scenario, it may be better to choose a location to live that is closer to work, as you won’t be needing to commute to uni.

  1. Set a Budget 

The first thing is to find a room that you can afford in the short to long term. Knowing your budget will help you filter what you can afford and what options are available. Next thing is to consider what are the living costs you expect to encounter. When choosing a rental, always asked what utility costs are non-inclusive in the rental. Every rental is different, so it’s better to ask. 

  1. Examine the Lease

When considering a property, it is crucial to read and understand your lease. Most private renting requires at the very least, a residential tenancy agreement. A lease agreement helps protect you and the landlord. It also outlines the important information about your rental, such as the bonds, dates, prices and conditions about your rental agreement.

You should ask as many questions to the landlord or manager when inspecting the room. This will prevent misunderstandings between tenant and landlord.

  1. Inspect the Rooming House 

Inspecting a rooming house is important because not everyone may be familiar with what a rooming house is. It is important to conduct a physical inspection before committing to anything. If not possible, request your manager to provide you with a video or video call to help examine the property.

This is a great way for you to help manage your expectations and properly evaluate a room before leasing. 

  1. Request A Condition Report

When moving into a rooming house, the landlord must conduct a condition report. This is an opportunity for you to highlight various aspects of the room you are about to rent. This gives you the opportunity to assess the rooms condition, cleanliness and any other maintenance issues. This helps give you protection when moving out, and also provides the landlord with an accurate summary of the condition of the room.  
Finding a property or room to rent can always be a challenging and overwhelming thought. But if you can follow any of these tips when deciding where to live, you’re setting yourself up for a smooth and better experience.

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