First: Sign a Tenancy Agreement. All new tenancies must have a written Tenancy Agreement. The landlord must provide a Tenancy Agreement that sets out the particular conditions that have been agreed to. Both landlord and tenant sign it and the landlord must give the tenant a copy before the tenancy begins. Care should be taken by both landlord and tenant in the discussions leading up to an agreement.
If a landlord tells a tenant they can have a property, or a tenant says they will take it, or money is paid, this may bind them, even if an agreement has not yet been signed.
When considering renting a property, you should call the agent to make a time to inspect the property. We recommend meeting at the office. This avoids confusion or waiting at the wrong house. When inspecting a property you will need to consider: Do you have certain pre-requisites? Number of rooms is an obvious one, but […]
Studio-living is a unique experience. It offers the convenience of walking from one living space to another by simply moving around one or two rooms. Such easy access can, of course, be both a blessing and a headache. On one hand, tidying up and putting items away becomes a quick chore. And preparing a snack during your favorite television program is easily accomplished.
On the other hand, living out of one or two rooms can be mentally distracting. How common is it to experience the urge to check email while lying in bed, simply because the desk is in plain view? I’m sure it’s very common. Then there are disturbances, such as the pile of dirty dishes in the sink, that worm their way into your thought process while working on an important document, simple because the dishes are in plain sight (or smell).
Getting your first apartment is exhilarating. That empty space is full of promise and prospects for shopping. Let your imagination wander. Depending on your shopping personality, it is easy either to get carried away and blow your money on nonessential (but gratifying) items; or to tremble at the thought of spending your hard-earned income on expensive furniture.
Below is a list of 12 essential purchases for turning your first apartment into a comfortable, functional home. Our suggestion is to purchase at least the first five items before you move in.
Despite the bruising US housing market crash of 2008, home ownership still ranks up there with a successful career and happy family life as a key pillar of the American Dream. In fact, a recent survey found that 71% of adults say that purchasing a home is a top personal goal.
Buying often makes financial sense, which is why phrases like “renting is just throwing money away” and “it’s better to buy than to rent” have likely been drummed into your head.