If you’re moving out of home or relocating to a new suburb, town or city, renting is the simplest and easiest way to find a place to live.
Renting offers more flexibility than owning a home and requires less of a financial commitment. Renting also allows you to live in an area where you might not be able to afford to buy, and it’s easier to move when your needs change.
Whether you’re renting for financial or lifestyle reasons, it’s important to understanding the process of finding and applying for a rental property, as well as your rights as a tenant.
Domain has compiled this guide to answer your most important questions about renting.
It’s designed to provide you with general advice to help you find and secure a rental property and make it feel like home.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to get in touch at email@example.com.
Daniel Butkovich, Domain Advice Editor
How to find a rental property
Finding the right property is the first step in the process. Find out how to decide between a house or an apartment, determine whether a property is good value, plus tips for inspecting a property including our rental property checklist.
Read more: How to find a rental property
How to apply for a rental property
Once you’ve found the right home to rent, the next step is to put together an impressive application to set you apart from the competition. Find out what real estate agents and landlords look for in an application, plus common reasons applications get rejected.
Read more: How to apply for a rental property
Tips for first-time renters, students and casual workers
If you have no rental history, don’t despair. With the right application, it’s still possible to secure a rental property. Find out what you need to include in your application, plus tips for students, casual workers, low income earners and pet owners.
What you need to know about living in a share house
If you don’t need a whole home to yourself, it may be more affordable to rent with others. Find out how to find a housemate, how to apply for a share house, how to deal with conflict and how to split bills and rent.
What you can and can’t change in a rental property
Once you’ve moved in, it’s time to make the property feel more like home. Find out what you can and can’t change, plus easy ways to improve the look and feel of a rental property by furnishing, decorating and gardening.
What rights do tenants and landlords have?
Tenants and landlords have certain rights and responsibilities. Find out what happens if you damage the property and how to request repairs or updates, plus which bills you need to pay.
How to leave a rental property and get your bond back
When it comes time to move, it’s important to know how much notice you need to give and how to return the property back to original condition. Find out everything you need to know about cleaning and repairing a rental property, plus how to get your bond back.