Rental accommodation: Choose wisely or face the music Opt wisely while searching for rental apartment or accommodation on foreign land, as imprecise selection can land you in trouble. I went through a challenging experience, when I landed in Australia for the first time in the year 2002. That bitter experience prompted me to share my views with fellow migrants. Let me first make this thing very clear that finding a rental apartment is lot of work. Especially when the search is to find the one to precisely match your taste and pocket?
Though rental process in Australia is quite secure yet I suggest you to be cautious understand the agreement before entering it. In Australia there is an ocean of options for newcomers like home stay, shared and rental accommodation. Rental cost off course varies with facilities and location. I suggest whatever may be the circumstances; always try to do your search on internet first and get a second opinion from your friends or family or an settlement agency in Australia. Make sure that you have all necessary documents ready before landing in Australia as many people often fell in love with a specific apartment at first sight. But, later on due to delay in completing the paper formalities they end up empty handed.
Also, in my opinion never feel shy to ask questions about the property. Be inquisitive and thoroughly inquire that for how long the apartment is lying empty, last renter stayed for how long, life of building, plumbing or electricity wiring issues, what utilities are included and many more.
It is a universal fact that all agents seek tenants who are employed in good firm or have sound financial background. Owners also appreciate qualities like cleanliness, punctuality in payments etc. Hence, while e-mailing any inquiry it is judicious to add these qualities in your personal description. Who knows you may strike deal of the day only because of these qualities.
If you are a migrant and are also new to the area than its advisable to take help of professionals to avoid state of dilemma. Certainly, with them the search process will become a fun. Their experience and knowledge narrow down the search and hence assists to find apartment within price range and preferred location or neighborhood.
In the end, I can only say that always keep “an ear to the ground”. After all this is matter of home and home is where the heart is