If you are a seasoned renter, first time or it’s been a long time, choosing a rental property can be overwhelming.

This is a time to consider what you need instead of what you want.  For example will you be able to physically and economically maintain the property both in indoors and outdoors?  Other considerations might be around future rent increases and will the home be appropriate for any future mobility issues? What do you need to make sure you feel safe in your rental property? This might include security, but also stability of tenancy (especially in the private rental market).

Location

Your location has to meet your physical and social needs.  This might include being close to family and or friends, community events and hobbies, health care and access to user friendly transportation.  Your location will also determine your internet access and or community in home support services.  Location and neighbourhood can also have an impact on your emotional wellbeing and is therefore worth taking the extra time to consider.

Types of rental tenancy

You can go through a real estate agent or search for private rentals.  You might search websites online or property listings in newspapers. There is also Public and Community Housing for which you may be eligible.  Public and community housing is affordable rental housing offered to individuals and families on low incomes, especially those who are finding it hard to get a place to rent in the private market.  Other options might include the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS).  NRAS aims to reduce rental costs for low to medium income households and increase the number of more affordable rental houses. If you are struggling to access the private rental market due to financial and non-financial barriers, such as limited rental history, having difficulties understanding how the private rental market works or lack of documents required for private rental application we can discuss these issues with you and refer you specialist services who can support you with these issues.

So you have found a property to rent – what’s next?

The most important thing to consider is, can you afford this rental property?  What are the overall setup and ongoing costs? There are statewide services who may be able to assist with Rental Bond and Rent Deposit costs.  Ask Questions – If you are wondering about anything relating to the property ask the lessor. However don’t take the lessors word for it as they may not advise you of your tenancy rights – we can refer you to state wide tenant advice and advocacy services who can support you on understanding your rights and obligations under Queensland tenancy legislation before you enter into a residential tenancy agreement.

For further information

More information on this and other items to consider can be found by moving through the other topic specific links. Alternatively, you can have a “Housing Chat” with the Housing Information Line on 1300 135 500. We can provide you will some current resources and information on current services in your chosen location as well as some tips or tricks to look out for.

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