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Our Property Managers are always out and about doing Routine as well as entry and vacating inspections. 2 of the issues that have risen in recent weeks are the regular cleaning of carpets and also changes to you property.

As a condition in your tenancy agreement, it is a requirement that your home is looked after and kept clean and tidy. This includes the floor coverings and especially the carpets. As you are aware, the carpets must be cleaned by a professional upon vacating your home. Although no time frame is given in legislation of how often to have your carpets cleaned professionally during your tenancy, heavy traffic areas will need more cleaning and sometimes professional cleaning at certain times when the carpet is in danger of permanent damage.

In addition, it is also a requirement of your tenancy agreement that nothing is changed within your new home.  Please read the definition from the RTA website over fixtures and inclusions

Fixtures are things that are attached to or installed in the property, e.g. picture hooks, tv antenna.

Inclusions are everything supplied with the property for the tenant’s use, e.g. dishwasher.

Fixtures can only be added with the property manager/owner's written permission.

Fast facts

  • Once a fixture is attached or installed by the property owner or landlord it becomes part of the property and is the property owner or landlord's responsibility to ensure it is in a good state of repair.
  • A tenant may only attach or install a fixture if the property manager/owner agrees in writing.
  • A property manager/owner or body corporate does not have to agree to a fixture request if they give good reason.
  • If a tenant installs a fixture without written permission, the property manager/owner can ask for them to pay to reinstate the property to the original condition, or they can keep it as an improvement to the property. This will have to be agreed at the end of the tenancy.
  • Inclusions should be checked at the start of the tenancy to ensure that they are clean and in good working order and their condition should be noted on the Entry condition report.
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