House Rules

General:

 

  • Car parking on the property is for tenants exclusively.
  • Tenants are not to leave any food unattended in the kitchen when cooking.
  • Hand basins or the shower in Bathrooms are not to be used to clean clothes; this should be done in the laundry trough.
  • The house is non-smoking house at all time.
  • There are to be no pets allowed in the house.
  • Tenants are not permitted to act aggressively or intimidate other tenants; all tenants have equal rights within the house and need to treat each other respectfully.

Cleaning:

  • Tenants must keep the rented house clean, both their room and the general areas.
  • Tenants will keep the general areas of a house clean. Cleaners will come and clean the general areas however tenants are responsible for cleaning their own dishes and cleaning up after themselves in the common areas, especially the kitchen. Any items that are left in the common kitchen not cleaned and not placed in the tenant’s allocated shelving or their room will be removed from the kitchen.
  • Tenant’s are required to follow a bin and cleaning roster, which means for a weekly period as per the roster a different tenant will be responsible for ensuring the kitchen bin is regularly emptied and the main house bins are taken and returned from the street weekly.
  • Tenants should regularly clean their fridge and kitchen cupboards (E.g. end of each semester) that are allocated to them, of all excess food stuffs.
  • Upon any one tenant leaving an inspection will be made of the tenant’s bedroom and the areas they specifically use in the kitchen i.e. cupboards. All rubbish must be removed from the room and taken off the property. Specifically, the wall and door must be cleaned of all marks, the skirting board must be cleaned of all dust, on, around and on top of the bed must be cleaned and cupboards both in the kitchen and the room must be cleaned and wiped down to remove dirt and grime. All of the tenant’s food must be removed from the fridge and the whole fridge cleaned to remove all rubbish and food waste. All excess rubbish found in the cleaning must be removed from the property.

Noise:

  • Music, movies and general noise must be of such level as to not disturb other tenants at any time. Tenants should be particularly conscious of making any noise after 9:00pm at night in the common areas or their rooms. They should respect the right of other tenants to determine what is considered loud noise after this time whether in the common area or their bedroom. In the first instance tenants should try and negotiate with each other. Tenants will be responsible for their guests following the same rules.
  • There are no parties allowed at any time or under any conditions.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Any tenant who becomes aware of damage to the property will notify the landlord of this damage straight away.
  • Car parking on the property is for tenants exclusively. Friends of tenants are allowed to park on property if visiting the tenant in the instance where tenants of the property are not inconvenienced and the visited tenant is present. Tenant’s friends are NOT allowed to park on the rented property where they are using this as an opportunity to obtain free parking close to a train station, University etc etc. In general tenants should use their common sense in parking and not park in such a way that they would block other tenant’s cars in or stop other tenants from entering the property.
  • Tenants agree not to leave any food unattended in the kitchen when cooking.
  • The tenant understands that any request to extend any of the Services provided by the landlord ie heating, cooling, refrigeration, furniture etc will be at the landlord’s discretion.
  • The tenant understands that the landlord may choose to communicate via their email, Australia post or phone by calling or smsing them. These messages may be of an individual basis or where your contact details are included in the house group of existing tenants depending on the type of message.
  • In the instance that a tenant makes changes to the configuration of the room it will be the tenant’s responsibility to make good the working of the room. For example a tenant upgrades an existing television themselves and the existing Ariel doesn’t support the new television, it will be the tenant’s responsibility to make good the Ariel or revert to the original television.
  • Tenants accept and acknowledge that the land lord has the right to offer leases of differing price and length of term to each tenant. The tenant acknowledges that other tenant’s leases have no relevance to their own. For instance the landlord has the right to offer a room to one tenant for $50.00 a week for two months while offering the exact same room to another tenant for $90.00 for 3 months at the same or different times.
  • Tenant will at their own expense make a copy of their room key within the first two weeks of their lease. The tenant should then store this key in a safe place outside of their bedroom. If after two weeks the tenant doesn’t make a copy of their room key and locks themselves out of their room a charge of $75 will be incurred for having the room opened by the landlord. If the landlord is not available the tenant will need to contact a locksmith to open the door.
  • If the landlord needs to do renovation work within common areas of the house he/she shall give as much notice as possible. However the tenant recognises that the common areas in the house don’t require the land lord to give notice of his or his agent’s presence within these areas. The landlord will inform the tenant if their use of any common areas facilities will be materially affected and will offer an alternative if appropriate.
  • Tenants are aware that they will only store their private property in their bedroom or within the space allocated specifically to them within the kitchen ie cupboard. The tenant acknowledges that items left in general areas without the consent of the landlord will be removed from the general area.
  • Tenants will not leave their belongings on the property outside of the house without the landlord’s consent (Not including Landlord sanctioned cars or bikes). Tenants agree that the landlord has the right to immediately remove such items from the property.
  • Hand basins in Bathrooms are not to be used to clean clothes; this should be done in the laundry trough.
  • Tenants should provide to the landlord any update to their contact details if they change.
  • The house is non-smoking house at all time.
  • There are to be no pets allowed in the house.
  • Tenants are not permitted to act aggressively or intimidate other tenants; all tenants have equal rights within the house and need to treat each other respectfully.
  • No items from the house can be removed and anyone found doing so will be in breach of the law.
  • Anyone visiting the house is doing so at the full responsibility of the person he /she is visiting and is obliged to follow all rules set down for other tenants.
  • On the day that a lease finishes the tenant is required to leave by 10:00 am that morning. Failure to do so will incur another days rent.
  • Depending on the house the tenant will have the ability to either use a padlock to lock their cupboard using a latch or chain provided by the landlord. If the tenant wished to do this and are unable to for any reason they will request the landlord’s assistance.
  • Individual tenants agree to act responsibly when using the internet and to consider others internet experience. Tenant understands and accept that the internet is a free service, that doesn’t form part of the consideration of the rent payment or rental agreement.
  • The landlord or their agent has the right to service the modem at whatever time they so choose and is able to take any actions they deem necessary to maintain the ISP internet connection and its’ authentication with the modem, this is not limited to but may include turning the modem off and on for instance.
  • The tenant agrees to follow the support agreement provided at the premises when dealing with internet issues. This can be found at each house posted near the modem if it exists.
  • The tenant understands that the internet service is a shared service with other tenants. As such the onus is on the tenant to manage the sharing of internet speed capacity, provided by the ISP, amongst themselves. The landlord has no responsibility to manage individual tenant’s usage patterns on the internet. Tenants agree to work with other tenants to make sure the Internet is shared evenly amongst tenants. The tenant understands that the Internet speed is limited to what is provided by the individual ISP at each house. If the tenant wishes to know more about the service provided by the ISP the landlord will answer any questions they are able to.
  • The landlord at their own discretion will respond to any support issues that relate directly to the quality of the connection provided by the Internet Service Providers (ISP) to the premise. Also at their own discretion the Landlord will check support requests that relate to the modem at the relevant premise to directly ensure that it properly authenticates with the ISP’s connection. All other issues to do with the modem, tenant’s devices, tenant ability to connect to the modem, the individual’s device Internet speed and anything else generally to do with the internet, the modem and the tenant’s device is the responsibility of the tenant.
  • The land lord accepts no responsibility for the action of tenants on the Internet. Tenants agree to indemnify the landlord for any actions they take on the Internet that are illegal in nature or cause any damage to the landlords or others property or wellbeing. Any tenant acting illegally will be asked to stop accessing the Internet immediately.
  • The tenant agrees that they will always use the internet for legal purposes. This includes, but is not limited to, accessing and downloading material for free that is copy right in nature and should not be obtained unless it is paid for. For instance, the downloading of illegal movies should not occur. Added to this the tenant should not access any sites that obtains illegal images such as children’s pornography.
  • The tenant accepts that the landlord has the right to access and use all and any statistics that are captured in relation to usage of the internet by tenants over any monitoring device connected to the internet service such as a modem. The tenant accepts that the landlord will use this information to manage the usage of the internet if he/she so pleases and has the right to publish and share this information publicly if required.
  • The landlord has the absolute right to immediately prevent individual tenants from using the internet and also with 1 months’ notice to remove the internet from the premise entirely. The Landlord will only take the action of removing the internet if there is some issue that he thinks in his opinion warrants this action. As the Internet service is free to the tenant there will be no compensation required to be paid by the landlord to the tenant. The tenant will be required to then source their own internet access at their expense if they so choose.
  • Tenants are responsible for replacing light bulbs in their room during their lease. The landlord will maintain the ones in the communal areas.
  • Tenants agree that their leaving dates can be shared with existing tenants unless the tenant specifically request in writing for that information not to be shared.

Utilities:

  • Where a room is metered for electricity the tenant will have the cost of the metered electricity usage and service charges in their room charged to them by the utility provider. To see further details of this please see the utility application page at http://www.affordableaccom.com.au/utility-application/ .Where a room is metered for electricity the tenant accepts that they will use electricity within their room and not take personal electrical items into common areas. The only electrical items that can be used in the common areas are those that were put there by the landlord ie fridges in the kitchen, TV in the living area etc.
  • Where a room is metered for hot and cold water usage the tenant will have the cost of the metered water usage in their room passed on to them. The water usage cost will have three components, the first being the cold water used, the second will be the hot water usage and the third will be the gas cost of heating the water. To see further details, go to http://www.affordableaccom.com.au/utility-application/ .

Lease:

  • Under a Residential Tenancy lease tenants are required to pay rent up until the lease ends or a replacement tenant takes over the lease. Tenants will be required to pay for any financial loss to the landlord caused by a lease being broken. This will include items such as lost rent and any cleaning expenses or like incurred by the landlord due to the breaking of a lease by the tenant.
  • If Tenants require the landlord to find a tenant to take over their Residential Tenancy lease then they will be charged $250.00 for this activity. Until the room is filled the tenant is responsible to pay the rent as per the lease.
  • Any rubbish left by the tenant on the property will be removed from the property by the landlord at the tenant’s expense.
  • Tenants understand that a personal dispute which is civil in nature with another tenant is not a reason to break a fixed term lease.
  • Tenants on fixed term Residential Tenancy leases must (as per the Residential Tenancy Act of Victoria) give 1 months notice before the end of the fixed term lease. For instance if a fixed term lease finishes on the 3rd of the month the tenant must inform the landlord on or before the 3rd of the previous month that they wish to leave at the end of the fixed term lease. At the end of the fixed term lease if another lease isn’t signed then the lease becomes month to month (a periodic lease) if it is a Residential Tenancy lease.  In this circumstance (as per the Residential Tenancy Act of Victoria) the tenant must give a month’s notice of their intention to move out.

Cleaning:

  • Tenants must keep the rented house clean, both their room and the general areas.
  • Tenants will keep the general areas of a house clean. Cleaners will come and clean the general areas however tenants are responsible for cleaning their own dishes and cleaning up after themselves in the common areas, especially the kitchen. Any items that are left in the common kitchen not cleaned and not placed in the tenant’s allocated shelving or their room will be removed from the kitchen.
  • Tenants are required to follow a bin and cleaning roster, which means for each week as per the roster a different tenant will be responsible for ensuring the kitchen bin is regularly emptied and the main house bins are taken and returned from the street weekly. Tenants need to dispose of rubbish correctly, only placing recycling in recycling bin and all other rubbish in the general rubbish bin. Tenants are responsible for ensuring rubbish is properly places in the outside bins and the person whose turn it is on the roster will be responsible for cleaning up any mess that occurs due to the outside bins.
  • External Bins must be taken out as per rooster.
  • Tenants should regularly clean their fridge and kitchen cupboards that are allocated to them, of all excess food stuffs.
  • Upon any one tenant leaving an inspection will be made of the tenant’s bedroom and the areas they specifically use in the kitchen i.e. cupboards. All rubbish must be removed from the room and cupboard and taken off the property. All excess rubbish found in the cleaning must be removed from the property at the expense of the tenant. At the end of the tenancy a cleaner will be engaged to clean the room at the tenant’s expense.  The cost of the cleaning will be the cost incurred by the land lord to get the cleaning done. If the landlord does any cleaning then the tenant will incur a cost of 30 dollars an hour.

Noise:

  • Music, movies and general noise must be of such level as to not disturb other tenants at any time. Tenants should be particularly conscious of making any noise after 9:00pm at night in the common areas or their rooms. They should respect the right of other tenants to determine what is considered loud noise after this time whether in the common area or their bedroom. In the first instance tenants should try and negotiate with each other. Tenants will be responsible for their guests following the same rules.
  • There are no parties allowed at any time or under any conditions.

Passageways:

Tenants agree to ensure that they do not obstruct passageways and they will check at least monthly that the passage ways in the house are not obstructed by someone else. If the passage way is obstructed they will remove the obstruction. If for some reason this is not possible they will inform the landlord as soon as possible.

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