Before you start looking
Before you start looking at properties, it can help to think about:
- your budget
- which suburb or area you want to live in
- what features you want a property to have
- who you'll be living with
There are both ongoing and one-off expenses involved in renting a home. Making a budget can help you:
- work out how much rent you can afford
- decide if you’ll live on your own or share with other people
- identify other living expenses, such as bills and groceries
- plan for the costs involved in moving
One-off expenses are those costs you’ll only need to pay once when you move, and can include:
- rental bond
- removalist fees
- utility connection fees
- any household items you don't already own
Having a clear idea of what you want in a home will help save you time and energy when you start looking. Think about:
- the location – do you want to be close to shops, public transport, schools or parks?
- the size – is there enough room for all your household members and belongings?
- if you want a parking space or if you'll need street parking
- any other features that are important to you
You’ll also need to decide how much rent you’re willing to pay for the type of property you want.
Shared housing is a home you share with people who are not members of your family.
Your rights and responsibilities in shared housing will depend on whether you’re a:
- head-tenant – you’ve signed a lease for the whole property
- co-tenant – you’ve jointly signed a lease with some or all of your household
- sub-tenant – you’ve signed an agreement with the head-tenant
- boarder or lodger – you rent part of the property from a live-in owner or manager