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How can you be the best tenant?

By Ben Faulks

If you're a young professional, chances are you'll be renting out someone else's property as a tenant when you first emerge into Australia's real estate market. When you start looking into Belconnen real estate, it can be difficult to understand where you stand with your landlord, especially with regards to what you're entitled to do inside the property.

One thing to keep in mind is that the house isn't yours, so making major adjustments like replacing a door, adding a deck or putting up picture hooks that damage the walls are not allowed unless you've got the owner's consent.

As a rule of thumb, if you want or need to undertake a task like this, get in touch with the property manager and let the owner take care of it. After all, any maintenance or repairs that need to be seen to fall under their responsibility, so touching base with them can help keep you within your rights.

Furthermore, if you want to leave and find somewhere new, make sure you follow the terms of your tenancy agreement and leave your property spic-and-span upon vacation. Remember to take care of any repairs that you're responsible for and ensure the remaining rent is paid in full.

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