The ultimate working from home guide

Working from home is becoming popular so it’s important to choose your rental property carefully. What is working from home? Working from home has created the opportunity for a mixed use property which combines your workplace and home! Employees are now dedicating part of their private home space to work. Many employees have had to adjust quickly to this new norm with COVID restrictions and in some cases of fixed term leases, renters have been stuck working from their bedroom study desk or living room with share house mates.

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Preparing your home for summer

Australia is known for its hot summer months and that means it’s time to start preparing your home for the season of sun, heat and outdoor living. Here are our top tips for ensuring you’re ready! Give your garden the love it deserves Make the most of your garden! Dust off any outdoor furniture, mow the lawn, sweep the deck and water your plants. Greenery will provide cool and calm throughout the summer months and look great when entertaining so consider creating a watering schedule/routine.

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How to get a rental property with no rental history

Landlords and property managers generally use rental history to find their most suitable tenant. Landing your first rental can feel daunting - that’s why we have created a number of tips for you to maximise your chance for success! 1. Provide a guarantor A guarantor is an individual who can support your rental payments should you not be able to meet them. This will provide the landlord or property manager with peace of mind that no matter your financial situation, they will receive their rental payments.

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What to do if your landlord is selling your rental

If you have just been notified that your landlord is selling the home you are renting, there are a number of things you need to know. Let’s address the most common question first. Will I have to move out? As the owner of the property, your landlord has the right to sell the property whenever they wish. However, there is no need to start packing just yet… The landlord must still abide by the lease signed with you and no matter who purchases the property, you still hold the right to live there until the end of your lease (unless your lease says otherwise).

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Spring cleaning can help you get your bond back

Whether your lease is ending soon or you are just starting a new lease, you can simplify the end-of-lease cleaning process by being proactive and spring cleaning on a regular basis. An end-of-lease clean involves a tenant returning the property to the same sanitary and livable condition it was in at the beginning of the lease. If a tenant fails to adequately clean the property and return it to an acceptable condition, the landlord has the right to deduct the required amount from the bond to clean the property.

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The ultimate guide to preparing for rental inspections; ingoing, outgoing and routine

If you are renting or looking to rent, it is inevitable that at some point - you will experience an inspection; whether it be ingoing, outgoing or routine. Inspections can cause unnecessary stress if tenants don’t know what to expect. This is why we have created a number of tips for preparing for these inspections and ensuring the process is as easy as possible! Inspections are beneficial for all parties:

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10 tips to feel at home in your rental

10 tips to turn your rental into a home It is definitely possible to have the style and feel of home ownership, whilst having the flexibility of renting. There are a number of ways that you can make your rental feel more like home. We have put together the 10 top tips for you to ensure that you are comfortable in your rental home. 1. Talk to your landlord/property manager Build a transparent and trusting relationship with your property manager.

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How to prepare for a rental viewing to ensure you’re successful

How to prepare for a rental viewing to ensure you’re successful There are a lot of things to consider when attending a property viewing. Snug has the top tips for you in how to attend the viewing, build a relationship with the leasing agent and secure your dream rental home! Wander past Walk, bike or drive around the property and familiarize yourself with the area. Get a feel of what it would be like to live in the neighbourhood.

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Moving During COVID-19

Complete Guide to Moving During COVID-19: Moving homes can be challenging at the best of times and the COVID-19 situation has only made it more difficult. However, if you are in a situation where you need to move, the following considerations and Snug support may make the process easier for you. Can I move during COVID-19? Legally, there is no legislation or federal/state directive that prevents you from changing your primary place of residence.

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Renting during Coronavirus? What does it mean for me?

Whether you are currently renting, or looking for a new lease - undoubtedly, you have considered how is the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic going to impact me? Does COVID-19 impact my rental agreement? The Australian economic climate has changed significantly and renters, owners and property managers are being affected. All parties are required to comply with their rental agreement. This means paying rent, staying the lease term and leaving the property in good condition.

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Reasons for and against renewing your lease

As the year’s end approaches, many renters with expiring fixed term leases will need to decide whether to renew their leases, continue on a periodic (ongoing/month-to-month) or give notice. This article will run through the reasons for and against renewing a fixed term lease.. 5 reasons for renewing a lease: 1. Renewing your lease can be cheaper Renewing is often much cheaper than moving elsewhere, even when similar properties are slightly cheaper.

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Renting with Pets

Finding a pet-friendly rental property in Australia can be challenging, with only 25% of all rental properties advertised as “pet friendly”. However, with Australia having one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world, this statistic is starting to change.

In previous years, landlords have had almost full discretion over whether they allow pets - with the exception of guide dogs. But this won’t last for long, with many state governments pushing towards renters’ rights to rent with a pet, whilst also putting safeguards in place to protect landlords from damage and disturbances that some pets can cause.

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How to End a Lease

How to end a Lease Ending a lease is one of the most important aspects of renting. Getting it right avoids stress and cost down the track. It also sets you up for a great rental reference. Life is unpredictable and you may decide not to renew your expiring lease or to break lease. Either way, you need to let your property manager know in writing. As you navigate your way through bringing your lease to an end, there’s some important things to know so that all runs smoothly and any financial penalty is minimised as much as possible.

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Renters: How to get along well with your landlord

When you enter into a rental agreement with a landlord, you’re both making commitments, taking risks and placing trust in each other to perform under the rental agreement.

The landlord is opened up to financial risk - mainly arrears and damage, and the renter’s living conditions and stable housing are in the hands of the landlord. Both parties depend on each other. It’s important that trust and open communication are present.

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Rent Increases in Australia - what you need to know

Rent increases are a normal part of renting. Sure, they can sometimes take you by surprise, but at the end of the day, rental markets and maintenance costs change and rent often follows suit. The vast majority of the time, rent increases reflect increased demand within the rental market, but when a rent increase takes you by surprise or seems excessive, there’s a couple important things to know.

Understanding your legal rights and the laws behind rent increases can help you if you ever find yourself in an unfair situation surrounding a rent increase.

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How to negotiate home improvements in a rental property

One of the great upsides of renting is that it provides a much larger degree of freedom than owning. However, it can feel difficult to personalise your rental and make it feel like a home. Luckily, there’s plenty of ways you can personalise your space, but it’s important to understand what changes you can make and how to negotiate them with your landlord or agent.

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Consumer Policy Research Centre: A Renters Journey

Talk presented by Justin Butterworth, Founder & CEO of on 25 Feb 2019 in Melbourne at the CPRC Conference: A Renters Journey

In Australia, housing is central to our economy and society. As a result, our future well-being as individuals and as a community, depends on good housing outcomes. However, home ownership has been elevated as the Great Australian Dream into our psyche, and many picture this dream of a brick home with a picket fence, a hills hoist and a barbecue. The realisation of this Great Australian Dream has consumed the nation.

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Renters: The benefits of renting

For many, home ownership is the goal, and the benefits of renting are glossed over in the pursuit of ownership. However, this shouldn’t be the case. In a world where we celebrate leasing rather than buying services (E.g Netflix, Spotify, etc.), why don’t we think the same of the world’s oldest subscription service - renting.

This article will go through some reasons why renting might be better than home-ownership and how to still invest in the property market without necessarily having to put up the amount that home-ownership would require.

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Renters: What to look for in a rental property

It’s all too easy to get caught up in the emotion of finding a new rental property, and forget to look over and think about basic requirements of a good rental property. Snug has developed a list of things to think about when looking at a property, so that you find a property that not only looks great, but is also practical and meets your needs. 1. Location When considering a suburb/area to look at, make sure to think through the area’s accessibility to various important places.

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Snug's Top Ten Renting Tips

Whether it’s your first time renting, or your tenth, understanding the ins and outs of the rental process can help you stand out from your competition, secure your dream rental and ensure you get your bond back at the end of the lease. This article will outline some key tips to bear in mind throughout most stages of the rental process, to make sure you get the most out of your rental property.

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How to Get Your Bond Back

A few simple but important steps can ensure you get your precious bond cash back.

Bonds are typically cash security deposits held to motivate tenants to uphold the terms of the rental agreement. In most Australian States, bonds must be lodged with the rental bond authority.

Bond claims are generally limited to: rental arrears, damage beyond wear and tear and usage charges such as water (where permitted).

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Differences between a fixed term and ongoing lease agreement

Whether you’re a tenant or owner, it’s worth understanding how fixed-term and month-to-month leases differ, and what works best for you.

Ongoing leases are also called month-to-month leases or rolling leases.

Both types of leases are valid agreements for renters and property managers to enter-into. They both facilitate the tenancy but have important differences around notice, rent increases and duration.

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Home Leases: it's time for a national rental agreement to get renting off the rails

Snug calls on Australian State Governments to harmonise residential rental leases nationally to simplify renting for renters and owners, enable ease of compliance and encourage innovation in housing. In this article, Snug lists 17 key lease terms that should be standardised and introduces the concept of Home Leases which provides progressive homeowner benefits. Before the rental reforms are legislated, let’s rethink rental reform and get it right for both renters, owners and agents.

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Homevesting is the future of housing

Snug announces a new category of living called ‘homevesting’. We’re redesigning the housing system to better suit the emerging lifestyle, work and retirement trends of the next generation. Even in this modern age where it seems accessibility and optionality abounds, across the country people worry about their housing. Our mission is to create a place everyone calls home with ‘home leases’ and ‘collective investment’. We call it ‘home vesting’ so you can live where you love and invest where it matters.

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Snug Match creates better rental relationships

Today we are excited to announce Snug Match. Snug Match streamlines rental applications to help lease feaster and more importantly attempts to solve the fundamental market problem of mismatching between renters and owners thereby encouraging longer and more sustainable rental relationships. Streamlined and progressive applications To start we’ve consolidated several online and offline applications into one easy to use solution. It saves agents and owners time and money. We’ve also reduced the time it takes renters to get started, and ask just for the information required to progress the application.

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Real rental reform would hand $1 billion back to renters - Victoria

Bond guarantees are a better solution to existing cash rental bonds. Sign the petition to bring real rental reform to Victoria. Bond guarantees benefit renters and owners: Keeps cash in the pockets of renters Faster and fairer claims with the option of a tribunal if parties don’t agree Fast and easy to apply and issue BondCover as well as update housemate details Maintains tenancy rights and obligations, protecting renters and owners Snug developed BondCover after comprehensive research involving hundreds of renters, owners and agents as well as analysis of millions of bond records which showed the very large majority of renters do the right thing.

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Bond Guarantees in the ACT

Bond guarantees are a better solution to existing cash rental bonds. Bond guarantees benefit renters and owners: Keeps cash in the pockets of renters Faster and fairer claims with the option of a tribunal if parties don’t agree Fast and easy to apply and issue BondCover as well as update housemate details Maintains tenancy rights and obligations, protecting renters and owners We introduced the product but there is resistance so we need your help.

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