When Renting out a room to a student
USE A LEASE AGREEMENT FORM
This will protect both you and your guest, and means you mutually understand what’s expected from one another. Agreements and other helpful documents are typically found on the state or territory’s Department of Commerce website.
Your lease agreement will formalise important aspects like monthly rent, bond amount, inspections and damage reporting, to name a few. You’ll also have the opportunity to clarify what’s OK and not OK for you as a land lord (house rules), and of course, you can spell out the consequences of breaking the agreement.
You can also confirm if the rent includes bills, internet, etc.
You can find lease agreement and damage report forms in the different state government websites:
- Remember it is legally required that the bond is forwarded to the state’s residential tenancies bond authority.
- In most cases, the bond is equivalent to two to four weeks rent (you can ask for less if you want).
- Remember that the costs of “fair wear and tear” can’t be claimed. However, you should be able to make a claim on the bond for:
- Damage caused by the tenant.
- Cleaning expenses.
- The tenant abandoning the premises.
- The tenant leaving the landlord to pay bills the tenant should have paid.
- Loss of the landlord’s goods.
- Unpaid rent.
- Be clear when explaining the amount that needs to be paid in full.
Explain how instalments will work and how often these will need to be paid. Be specified dates.
- Let your guest know if rent is paid in advance.
- It's your choice to have the rent paid weekly or fortnightly.
- Please note that you can NOT increase the rent until the lease agreement ends.
- Rent cannot be increased more than once every six months and you must give the guest at least 60 days notice of any proposed rent increase.
- Please note: even if the rent increases, the amount of bond can’t be increased.
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- Don't lie to people. Don't post information you know is false, misleading, or inaccurate.
- Don't do anything deceptive or fraudulent.
- Don't offer prohibited items.
- Don't take any action that infringes or violates other people's rights, violates the law, or breaches any contract or legal duty you have toward anyone.
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- Don't do anything threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libellous, tortuous, obscene, profane, or invasive of another person's privacy.
- Don't spam.
- Don't try to make or encourage bookings outside of our system.
- Don't distribute unsolicited advertising or promotional material through our system.
- Don't try to interfere with the proper workings of the services.
- Don't bypass any measures put in place by Bedssi.
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- Don't take any action that imposes an unreasonable load on our infrastructure or on any of our users (We reserve the right to determine what's reasonable.)
- Don't abuse other users' personal information (this becomes available after a booking has been confirmed).