Signing a lease
A lease is a legal document. Learn what you’ll need to sign, what information is included in the lease, and what you cannot be charged for when signing a lease.
Know your rights
Landlords or agents cannot charge you for preparing a lease, an additional bond for pets, or for giving you extra property keys.
What you will be given
When signing the lease, the landlord or agent will give you a copy of:
- the tenant information statement
- the tenancy agreement (lease)
- the condition report
- the by-laws, if the property is in a strata scheme.
What the lease includes
The lease will set out details like:
- the names of all tenants
- start and end dates
- the amount of rent
- the process for repairs and maintenance
- if you can have pets at the property
- notice periods for ending the lease
- deposits and fees.
It’s a legally binding document, so it’s important to read and understand the terms and conditions of the lease before signing it.
Learn more about starting a lease at NSW Fair Trading.