Given the on-going high demand for rental housing in Tauranga, Mt Maunganui and Papamoa, we think the better prepared you are for property manager appointments and applications the more likely your success in finding a home.
So the team at Connect Realty have put together this list of things you can do to help you be better prepared for the application process, property viewing appointment, and for when you accept your rental home tenancy agreement.
1. Where Do You Want To Live and What Type of Home Do You Need?
First things you need to consider and to write down:
- What type of home you are looking for as a rental property e.g. family home, small apartment, unit, large grounds etc
- The location/suburbs you are happy to rent a house in and, if you have one, a list of suburbs or streets that do not fit your criteria. To make this list consider commute times, shopping areas, public transport etc.
- If relevant, note any school zone you prefer to live within.
- How many rooms you need, and any extra requirements such as off street parking, boat storage, storage shed etc.
2. How Much Do you Want To Spend on Rent?
Once you have your criteria written down you then need to consider your rental budget. At Connect Realty we have a range of properties within all budgets, from waterfront Apartments to smaller town units. If you let us know your budget we will show only relevant properties to you.
If you are unsure of budget, a general rule of thumb is to spend no more than a third of your income on rent.
Rents can sometimes rise during a tenancy, however your rent cannot be increased for 180 days from the start of the tenancy and a landlord is required to give 60 days’ notice of the increase.
3. Do You Have Pets and/or Do You Smoke?
For some landlords Pets and/or smoking are not acceptable in the rental property. If you have pets you need to be honest about what they are and how many. We will only show you those properties that accept pets.
Likewise for smoking, please be honest in your application. Most properties will not allow smoking in the home, if you do smoke you will be required to do this outside.
Make sure you have references from previous landlords or suitable referees for us to call. We require names, phone numbers and written references. Family members are not accepted referees.
5. View Our Website ‘Properties For Rent’
Now that you have your criteria listed, we encourage you to look carefully through our website ‘Properties For Rent’ page to see if there is a property that suits your needs. If you see a property you are interested in viewing please phone us for the address so that you can drive by the property and see if it suits you.
Due to the current high demand for rental properties there may not be a suitable property listed on our website. In that situation please call us anyway to give us your details and criteria , so if a suitable property comes up we can phone you.
6. View A Property
If there is a property you are interested in we can organise a viewing for you. First we require you to fill out an application form, available on our website or at this link – Tenancy Application Form.
Once we have your application we will call to arrange a suitable time to meet. If a property is occupied this may take a few days to organise.
7. Renting A Property
If you would like to rent the property, and your application is successful, we will require you to pay a deposit immediately . Payment before you can start your tenancy usually includes:
- 4 weeks bond – this is returned to you at the end of the tenancy, unless a landlord makes claims against damages, arrears or cleaning etc.
- 1 weeks rent
- 1 weeks rent +GST as a letting fee
We will also require you to sign the tenancy documents.
Ongoing rent must be paid in advance. Don’t forget it usually takes the banks 24 hours to process payments, so you need to make your payment one business day before it is due.
8. Your Tenancy
Once you have moved into your property all tenancy issues can be sorted through us. For example, if something needs repairing then we will organise a contractor to come and fix it.
As part of our Property Manager role we will also inspect the property about every 3-4 months. We will give you at least 2 days’ notice of any inspection and our inspections are usually on a week day during working hours. You do not have to be present for our inspections.
If you require any more advice about renting a property in the Tauranga, Mt Maunganui and Papamoa area then don’t hesitate to call us at Connect Realty Property Managers. We have many years’ experience in real estate and extensive local knowledge for these areas.