The rental market in Darwin has quite a quick turnaround, with properties being advertised a few weeks prior to becoming available. Properties you see prior to your arrival are likely to have gone by the time you arrive – so as addictive as those real estate sites are – treat most research as just that –research that will give you an indicative idea of what you can find in your chosen area and budget. The majority of rentals in Darwin are unfurnished, however there are some furnished properties available which are more likely to be apartments than family sized homes.
Look atwww.realestate.com.au and www.domain.com.au. for information on what's available, or Mandarin speakers may prefer to use www.gifang.com. You may also like to use www.rent.com.au and www.realestateview.com.au but these may not have as many properties. Realestate agents have their own preferences as to which search engine they use.
Cost of Renting in Darwin?
- Rents are quoted on a per week basis. However, most rents are paid on a monthly basis and so $250 a week does not equate to $1000 a month as there are different amounts of days in each month. This can make a difference to your assumed budget – so ensure you do the math.
$250 a week x 52 weeks a year = $13,000
. Many properties are advertised using the photographs from when they were new which means they can be out date and misrepresentative. Drive or walk by prior to the open can help you rule out some properties and so that you can short list. The best properties go almost immediately, often before they make the mainstream real estate listing sites.This is where a relocation consultant can assist you. It is wise to follow some of the real estate agency websites located in your chosen areas as this is wherethe properies will be uploaded first.
Advice on Renting Property in Darwin
How to secure a rental property and beat the competition – Secrets from a Relocation Consultant!
- Always be prepared. Download an application from the agency website or pick up a copy from their office prior to the inspection. Fill this out (make sure all sections completed) and attach to copies of relevant ID (100 points – see below for full outline) with any additional supporting material (letter of offer from employer and rental references from your country of origin or anywhere else you have rented,bank statements showing regular rental or mortgage payments are usually wll received.) .Make sure that you take the original ID to the inspection so that the agent can view it against the copy.
- Give the completed application in at time of the inspection and request one of the agent’s business cards if they have one. Later that day, email the agent expressing how much you liked the property (mention the full address) and remind them that you submitted an application at the inspection. Ask them to contact you if they need any further to assist with their decision on and wish them a lovely day. You can usually expect an answer within a couple of days but if they tell you they have had trouble contacting the owner then this often means they are waiting for a preferred applicant to sign up.
- Always follow up with a polite phone call to see if they need anything further and if you do miss out , be nice as they may also have the next property you wish to apply for..
Tip! Always remember to return the completed condition report on time as this will maximize your chance to have your bond refunded in full at the end of your tenancy.
Applying for rental properties – what are they looking for?
- Having a neatly completed application in on time with all ID/additional information requested.
- References – Good work and personal references are needed. Give a selection of contact numbers if relevant as they need to ring referees before applications are sent to the owner for approval. Try to ensure at least some of the contact numbers are local.
- Very important is for them to ascertain your salary and to confirm you can afford the rental payments. A positive rental reference is a big tick. Most expats who have not rented before will improve their chances if they bring a written reference gained at the time of their move from their current rental agent or mortgage broker. If you have investment properties or sources of additional income over and above your salary then add proof of these as this will further your cause.
- First in does not mean first accepted. The agent will send on all applications to the owner. The final choice is the owners although the rental agents usually give their recommendations. Australian residents or citizens are often chosen by landlords because they feel they may be more reliable and commit to a longer lease time than over expats who may relocate again. Applications through relocation consultants also seem to make the shortlist very easily as the agents will often consider them to be more reliable.
The real estate agents get annoyed that many people apply for 2 or 3 properties at one time thus increasing their chances of having one approved. Once you are approved you need to put down rent to secure the property – this means it will be taken off the market and no further inspections held.Out of courtesy do notify any real estate agents of other properties you have applied for that you are withdrawing your application. It actually takes them a fair bit of time to check applications and ring referees so it will save them that trouble. A few days prior to the lease start date you will be required to pay the remainder of the monies due and go into the real estate agency to sign the lease.
Need HELP? A relocation agent can help you deciding on the best areas to live and arrange house or apartment viewings on your behalf. They can also assist you with the application process. To find out more go to www.ewrelocation.com