Redfern Legal Centre International Student Guide to Share Housing

Redfern Legal Centre International Student Guide to Share Housing

August 24, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


When you arrive in Australia to study, you
might be looking for a place to live. Make sure you inspect the place you’re looking
at. Don’t rely on photos, or a website, or what
a similar apartment might look like. Once you’ve found a place to move into, the
first thing you should do is get a signed, written contract. You may need to pay bond when you move in,
and then start paying rent. Avoid paying in cash, and make sure you get
a receipt every time. Is something broken or not working properly? Your landlord has an obligation to fix these
kinds of things. It’s a good idea to call them about the problem,
and follow up with an email. Try to document your interactions. So what happens when you decide to move out? Generally, you can’t just move out whenever
you want. You’ll usually have to write a letter, giving
notice before you want to leave. If you leave the place in a good condition,
you should be able to get your bond back. There are a bunch of great resources available
online to help you out. Check out the Share House Survival Guide at
sharehousing.org and the sample letters available at tenants.org The International Student’s Advice Service
at the Redfern Legal Centre provides international students with free, confidential legal advice. If you have an issue you need help with, or
advice about, call us to book an appointment today.