In the rental market, there are often many more prospective tenants than properties available for rent. If you really like a property, be prepared to complete an application on the day you inspect it. The agent will often ask you for a deposit. This is fully refundable if your application is not accepted, but not if you change your mind should you chose to not go ahead with the lease.
When completing an application form, be honest as your references will be checked by the agent you will be requesting personal, work and previous tenancy references. If you intend to keep a pet, make sure that this is clearly specified in your application as many landlords do not allow animals and you will be breach of your lease should you not disclose this upfront.
Applying for a lease
When applying for a rental property it is important to be able to provide accurate details of present and past employment, a current agent or landlord (if applicable) and personal referees. You will be required to complete a Tenancy Application Form prior to being considered for any properties being rented by TNRE.
When your application has been approved, you will sign a written lease. This outlines your rights and obligations and, not only protects your rights but also minimises the chances of a dispute.
The Condition Report
When you move into a property managed by TNRE, you will be given a condition report of the premises, setting out a detailed description of fixtures, fittings, and furniture (if applicable) together with a description of the general condition of the premises.
The agent or landlord should also have recorded anything which is damaged. You must return this report to TNRE with seven days of the start of the lease, noting any further damage or defect (e.g. stove hot plates not working) which you may have discovered since moving in.
The landlord is obliged to carry out all repairs to the property, but may be able to charge the tenant if an occupant or guest was responsible for the damage.
At the end of the lease the condition of the premises will be checked against their state as noted in the original condition report. If any damage has arisen (other than can be attributed to “reasonable wear and tear”), then the tenant will be liable for the costs associated with rectification.