signed by both parties or a video or photos of the premises which clearly show their condition at the commencement of the tenancy. There is a standard form property inspection report attached to the Department of Building and Housing tenancy agreement.
Are they clean? What is the state of repair? Have they been well maintained? Are they safe? Can you afford the rent? Are they too big or too small? Are they close to work, to school, to shops, to public transport, to other facilities? Is the neighbourhood suitable?
It is often more difficult to resolve flatmate disputes than it is to resolve landlord /tenant disputes. The Residential Tenancies Act is only concerned with disputes between landlords and tenants. Disputes between tenants and other tenants may have to be dealt with by the Disputes Tribunal or the District Court.
Look out for special conditions. A well drafted agreement with reasonable conditions may be a sign of a good landlord. Be aware that there are standard tenancy agreements that have been drafted on behalf of the Department of Building and Housing.
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