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Are you planning to move and want to ensure you get your bond back from your previous dwelling? Rest easy! We’re here to walk you through each step, guaranteeing a smooth transition while keeping your pocketbook intact. Dive into our resources like the [2023 End of Lease Cleaning Checklist] and [Carpet Cleaning Pro Tips] for assistance.
* Understanding the concept of a bond in Victoria
* Deciphering bond-related documents
* Cleaning your way to a full bond refund
Understanding the Concept of a Bond in Victoria
To begin with, bonds, usually equal to a month’s rent, serve as security deposits safeguarding landlords from potential damages. However, if your weekly rent is $900 or less, landlords can’t request more than a month’s rent as a bond. This payment should be directed to the Residential Tenancies Bond Authority (RTBA). Gain a comprehensive understanding with our article on [What is Bond Cleaning]. Interestingly, while bonds are prevalent, they’re not obligatory in Victoria. Landlords might request one to four weeks of rent as a bond, while others might forgo it entirely.
Deciphering Bond-Related Documents
Upon paying your bond, you’ll receive a condition report. This crucial document records the property’s condition at the start of the tenancy. It’s essential to review, agree (or dispute) specific points, and then sign. Document everything, even minor discrepancies, to protect yourself.
Cleaning Your Way to A Full Bond Refund
When vacating your rental, strive to leave it in a welcoming state for the next tenant. Our [Cleaning Services Guide]and [How to Clean an Oven] can be particularly useful. And let’s debunk a myth: Victoria tenants are not required to steam clean carpets before moving out! Regular cleaning, ensuring it’s in good condition, is all that’s needed.
End of Lease Responsibilities
Having explored the realm of tenancy in Victoria, it’s clear that end-of-lease cleaning, particularly garden maintenance, holds significant importance. It’s common for tenants to be responsible for routine garden care. Tasks like lawn mowing, though seemingly simple, are crucial in maintaining the lease agreement’s terms. However, the responsibility doesn’t entirely fall on the tenant. Major tasks, such as significant tree trimming, typically fall under the landlord’s responsibilities. This division of roles underscores the importance of revisiting the tenancy agreement whenever in doubt. A well-maintained garden reflects a tenant’s commitment and respect for their rented space.
Understanding ‘Fair Wear and Tear’
|Fair wear and tear||Damage|
|Faded curtains or frayed cords||Missing or torn curtains|
|Furniture indentations and traffic marks on the carpet||Stains or burn marks on the carpet|
|Scuffed up wooden floors||Badly scratched or gouged wooden floors|
|Faded, chipped or cracked paint||Unapproved, poor quality paint job|
|Worn kitchen benchtop||Burns or cuts in bench top|
|Loose hinges or handles on doors or windows and worn sliding tracks||Broken glass|
|Water stains on carpet from rain through leaking roof or bad plumbing||Water stains on carpet caused by overflowing bath or indoor pot plants|
|Paint worn off wall near light switch||Damage to paint caused by removing posters stuck with blu-tack or sticky tape|
In rental terms, ‘fair wear and tear’ implies that some level of damage over time is expected. Small carpet stains or minor wall scuffs fall into this category. However, severe damages, whether intentional or not, will put your bond at risk. Our [End-of-Lease Cleaning: What You Need to Know] article sheds more light on this.
Final Inspection and Bond Return: Sealing the Deal
It’s advisable to be present during the final inspection. Landlords will assess the property, noting any discrepancies. We recommend taking photographs of the clean property as evidence in case of disputes. If all conditions are met, reclaiming your bond should be straightforward. However, disagreements can arise. If the landlord claims damages or cleaning fees, and you can’t resolve the matter, it becomes a bond dispute.
1. What’s the most common reason bonds aren’t returned in full?
The most common reason is often due to the property not being cleaned to the standard it was in when the tenant first moved in. Damage to the property, unpaid rent, or breaches in the rental agreement can also result in deductions.
2. How long does it take for the bond to be returned?
In Victoria, if there’s an agreement on the bond amount between the tenant and landlord, the bond should be returned within 10 working days.
3. Can I contest a bond deduction if I disagree?
Absolutely! If you don’t agree with the deductions, you can apply to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) for a hearing.
4. Do I need to hire professional cleaners for an end-of-lease clean?
While it’s not mandatory, many tenants opt for professional cleaners to ensure the property is returned to its initial condition. It can provide peace of mind and reduce the risk of bond deductions.
5. What should I do if I lose my bond receipt or reference number?
Don’t panic! Contact the Residential Tenancies Bond Authority (RTBA) in Victoria. They will assist in retrieving the necessary information using other details like your name, rental address, or the landlord/agent’s nam