Friday, October 5, 2012

Getting a rental property in Melbourne

I've never rented a house in Malaysia so can't really comment on how the processes are. I've only rented in Singapore and it was pretty straight forward. You contact the agent and the agent will give you a list of available units and you let him/her know which one you are interested in and go and view the place.

However, things in Australia (or Melbourne to be precise) is slightly different. How they do it is, they will advertise the available houses for lease and a scheduled inspection time. Everyone will go and inspect on the schedule time listed and usually it is only for 10 minutes. If the house is tenanted, you are required to produce a photo ID such as your driver licence. This is to have informations of the interested parties should thefs happens as the tenants will not be around during the inspections. Fair.

The tricky part is after the inspection. You are supposed to fill in a form if your keen to lease the particular property within 5 days of the inspection. The agent will then check all your references (you must have good references else you might not get to lease a property!!!!) and will then get back to you. Previously when the rental market was good, potential tenants will have to bid with a higher price to get the property of their choice instead of the listed price! Also, the rental is based on a weekly basis!

For the past two weeks, I have gone to many inspections as our current landlord has wanted to take back his property and prepare to put it up into the market for sale. Bad timing for us but we don't have a choice! Finally we found one after rejecting one and can't compromise on another. Luckily the house we got is the bigger compared to the other 2 and also cheaper! Hubby was happy that it has 2 covered garage and also a  hydraulic hose at the backyard which we can use to wash our cars. :) Our current place do not have any so you can imagine how 'clean' is our cars! hehe

So glad we can finally settle this unforeseen problem within 2 weeks.

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