Your rights and responsibilities under the lease
If your name is the only one nominated on the lease (residential tenancy agreement) then you are a head-tenant. If you are one of a number of people listed on the lease then each of you are co-tenants. The head-tenant and co-tenants all share the same rights and responsibilities under a lease.
- To start the tenancy with the premises in a reasonable condition (clean and fit to live in and meet all health and safety requirements).
- To be given a copy of the lease.
- To be given rent receipts if you pay rent in person.
- To be given appropriate notice of inspections.
- To be given 30 days written notice of a rent increase during a fixed term lease if your agreement allows for a rent increase.
- To be given the required notice if the landlord/agent wants to end the lease.
- To enjoy peace and privacy.
- To have the bond lodged in an account in a financial institution in the Northern Territory. Or, if lodged with a Real Estate Agent, to have the Bond held in a trust account until the end of the tenancy.
- To keep the place that you are renting reasonably clean, including the garden.
- To pay rent on time.
- To let the landlord/agent know of any repairs that are needed or damage that has been caused.
- Not to change the place you are renting or add anything without the written permission of the landlord/agent.
- To return to the landlord/agent a signed copy of the condition report within five business days of receiving it.
- To leave the premises in the same condition as set out in the condition report (except for normal wear and tear).
- To ask the landlord/agent to allow someone else to take over your place on the lease if you want to move out.
- Not to interfere with the peace, comfort and privacy of the neighbours.