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Renting guide

Our renting guide can help you know your rights and navigate the rental market.

The rental market in most of Australia’s capitals can be incredibly competitive. And tenancy laws often favour the landlord over the renter. Our renters’ page contains a list of handy guides and tips to help renters with important steps like submitting an application for a rental property, knowing your rights as a tenant and how to eventually become a home owner yourself.

How to complete a rental application

Renters in the private market usually need to submit an application and get approval from the agent or landlord. It's not that different from a job application in some ways. If you're looking to rent in a competitive market (or even just a popular neighbourhood or very desirable property), putting your best foot forward in your application could make all the difference.

Read our 7 tips on making a successful rental application

How do I deal with my landlord?

Some landlords and agents can be almost impossible to deal with. Knowing the rules on raising rent and what your landlord is legally able to do is the best way to protect yourself if things go wrong. If you need more information you can check out the tenancy advocacy union or service in your state or territory. These are voluntary services that provide legal advice and help to renters.

Find your state or territory's rental advocacy organisation

How to save for a house while renting

As hard as it can be, with saving, careful budgeting and clear planning it is possible to go from a renter to a home owner. You can read our suggestions in more detail via the link below, but in short:

  1. Work out your deposit size and price range.
  2. Create a budget.
  3. Find ways to cut back on spending.
  4. Look for a higher interest savings account.
  5. Get creative with your buying strategy.

How to save for a property while renting

Can I have a pet while renting?

In many states you may find it hard to find a rental property if you're bringing a pet with you. It's not impossible, of course. In Victoria your landlord can't "reasonably refuse" your request to have a pet on the property.

More advice and tips for renters

Written by

Richard Whitten

Richard Whitten is a money editor at Finder, and has been covering home loans, property and personal finance for 6+ years. He has written for Yahoo Finance, Money Magazine and Homely; and has appeared on various radio shows nationwide. He holds a Certificate IV in mortgage broking and finance (RG 206), a Tier 1 Generic Knowledge certification and a Tier 2 General Advice Deposit Products (RG 146) certification. See full profile

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