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Below is some useful information for new or existing renters with Barry Plant Bendigo.

Preparing for your tenancy.

To ensure you have the right expectations regarding the commencement of your tenancy we will take you through an induction.

Please note: Possession of the property will be granted once ALL of the following has been completed:

  • Rent - Two week's rent has been received by our agency.
  • Bond - The full bond payment has been received by our agency.
  • Tenancy start date - Your tenancy start date has been reached, as per your tenancy agreement.

To make your induction process as simple as possible, we ask you to observe the following important points:

Your appointment time

Please ensure you are on time for your appointment as the time you have been allocated for your tenancy induction has been specifically slotted amongst our other appointments.

If you believe you will be late please call us to advise or reschedule as required.

Length of appointment

As we need to explain all your tenancy details thoroughly, please allocate at between 15-20 minutes for your tenancy induction.

All renters to attend appointment

All renters on the lease need to be present for tenancy induction e.g. any adult who has signed the lease. If there are extenuating circumstances and a renter cannot attend please call us to advise at least 24 hours before the appointment.

"No cash policy"

Barry Plant offices have a “No cash policy”, and therefore they may be unable to accept cash payments in our office.

Original ID must be sighted

Please ensure that you bring along your original (not scanned or photocopied) identification that accompanied your Tenancy Application Form to this appointment, as these original documents must be personally sited by our office prior to signing leases.

Connection of utilities.

You will be responsible for charges in respect of the re-connection and consumption of water, electricity, gas and telephone where the rented premises are separately metered for these services. Please contact your preferred suppliers to arrange connection for utilities such as Electricity, Gas, Telephone, Water usage, Pay TV, Renter's contents insurance.

Paying your rent.

Methods of rent payment to our office are as follows:

Account name: Barry Plant Bendigo Rental Trust
BSB: 333-037
Account number: 732 002 968
Using the individual reference code provided to you.

Should your contact details change during your tenancy please ensure you have updated your records at our office.

Zero tolerance rent arrears policy.

All Barry Plant offices have a zero tolerance policy on rental arrears. You may be served with a notice to vacate if you fall into arrears and have failed to make contact with your property manager.

Please refer to your tenancy agreement for the details of the payment due and the relevant date.

Timeline on what will happen should you fall into arrears.

3RD DAY - We will send you an SMS to remind you that you have missed your rent due date.

4TH DAY - An email will be sent to all renters, reminding you that you are in arrears. This is a formal notification that you have breached your tenancy agreement. Please note that the owner will be advised of your late payment.

5TH DAY - You will be reminded of the seriousness of your late payment and the obligations you have to pay your rent on time. The owner will be updated as to the situation.

7TH DAY - Reminder SMS to all renters.

8TH DAY – A further email will be sent to all renters prompting rental payment, at this point, we will be seeking instructions from the Owner to issue a Notice to Vacate for rental arrears, which seriously affects your long term rental history, not only with our office but all agencies.

10TH DAY– Reminder SMS to all renters and further update to the Owner.

12TH DAY– Reminder SMS to all renters.

13TH DAY - This is the final reminder that you are approaching 14 days in arrears.

You will now be given 48 hours to pay your rent to avoid Notice to Vacate being issued, usually without further notice.

14 DAYS IN ARREARS - A Notice to Vacate may be issued, followed by an application to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal for possession of the premises and immediate termination of your lease. You will be in breach of the lease agreement and will be required to make payment of all arrears, plus legal fees and all other costs associated with re-leasing the property.

In accordance with the Residential Tenancies Act, defaulting renters may be listed on the National Tenancies Database or the TICA database. This history will be available to all other Agencies and private Owners for up to 7 years, or until all payments have been settled.

Useful information for renters.

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