Tips for Tenants - Renting with First National Real Estate Pope Nitschke

Rental Payments

Unless other arrangements have been made, rent under your Residential Tenancies Agreement is payable in advance on the due date of every fortnight.

If at any time you are unable to make a rental payment, on or before the due date, please make immediate contact with your Property Manager.




Method Of Payment

A. Bank Direct Debit

B. Internet

(Please ensure adequate identification is provided with the transaction if paying by Direct Debit or Internet).

For security reasons, First National Pope Nitschke maintains a NO CASH policy.




Repairs and Maintenance

All requests for repairs and/or maintenance are to be put in writing using the Maintenance Request Form and either dropped into the office, faxed on 8391 2886 or emailed via this website.

Only emergency repairs will be accepted verbally. All repairs are attended to as promptly as possible, however, it is often necessary to obtain the Landlord's approval and/or quotes before any work can commence, so unfortunately a time lag is sometimes unavoidable.

If firm arrangements regarding access for any tradesperson are not kept by you, the service charge for calling the tradesperson will be automatically passed on to you for payment.

Unless stipulated in your Tenancy Agreement, the upkeep of the gardens and grounds are your responsibility. Please do not store unnecessary paper, rubbish, bottles, cans etc on or around the premises.



Routine Inspections

During the course of your tenancy, the premises will be inspected quarterly by one of our Property Management staff, after the appropriate notice has been given to you.

You will be provided with a Maintenance Request Form and you may leave details of any maintenance/repair items or requests if you are not at home at the time.

We also conduct regular drive-by inspections of each property.



Electricity, Gas and Telephone

It is a tenants responsibility to arrange for Electricity, Gas (if applicable) and Telephone accounts to be connected into their own names at the commencement of their tenancy.

Likewise, when vacating the premises, the tenants must also ensure a final meter reading and disconnection is arranged.



Terms of Your Tenancy

Only the person/people originally included on your application may reside at the property. If, at any time during your tenancy, you wish for someone else to move in, they must first complete an Application Form for approval by the Landlord prior to moving in.

No vehicles/vans/trailers etc are to be parked on lawns or gardens.

No pets are to be kept on the premises unless prior approval has been obtained from our office.

Requests for such are to be submitted in writing to the Property Manager.



A duplicate key to all properties is retained by First National Pope Nitschke for emergency access. Under special circumstances, and on producing identification, the keys may be borrowed, during office hours, but must be returned within twenty-four (24) hours.

No service is available out of office hours or on public holidays. It would therefore be advisable that you also make private arrangements regarding the location of a spare key, should you inadvertently lock yourself out. Locks may only be changed after first obtaining permission from First National Pope Nitschke, and only then on the strict understanding that you must supply a duplicate key for each new lock to our office.

Remember, it is in your best interests to ensure that we have access to your property, particularly in the case of emergencies.



We strongly urge you to take out 'Contents Insurance' to insure your personal possessions against any loss, damage or theft.



Termination of the Tenancy Agreement

Your Residential Tenancy Agreement is a legal and binding contract, providing protection for both you and the Landlord.

The Residential Tenancy Agreement can be terminated by you in the following ways:

a) If you intend to vacate at the end of your Fixed Term Residential Tenancy Agreement you are asked to provide 28 days written notice prior to the expiry of the fixed term of your Agreement.

b) If you are on a Periodic Tenancy, a minimum of 21 days written notice is required prior to vacating.

If however, unforseen circumstances arise and you have to vacate prior to the expiration of your Residential Tenancy Agreement, please contact your Property Manager immediately and we will endeavour to find another suitable tenant. However, you will still be responsible for the rent until another suitable tenant is found, as well as a portion of the letting fee and advertising costs.

A Notice to Vacate, which can be used in all these situations, is available from our office.