Your guide to renting a home

Here’s everything you need to know about renting a home through RE/MAX Warkworth

Interested in renting a property? Here’s an overview of the process and a few handy hints to help you through the process.

Find the right property

Find the right property

It’s easy to search online for available rental properties, but before you start looking, here are some things to consider:

  • How much rent you would like to pay each week
  • Which area you would like to live in
  • What facilities and services are nearby
  • What type of home you are looking for, e.g., house, apartment, townhouse, etc
  • How many bedrooms you need
  • The number of bathrooms
  • Your car parking requirements

The application process

Once you have found the right property, each applicant will need to complete a Tenancy Application Form in full.

If you have not previously rented through RE/MAX Realty Group, you’ll also need to provide identification. Each piece of identification is worth a certain number of points, and your supplied ID needs to add up to 100 points in total.

The application process

These are the acceptable forms of identification and their points value:

Primary Identification Documents

Passport (current or expired within last two years, but not cancelled)

50 Points

Birth certificate/extract

50 Points

Citizenship certificate

50 Points

Secondary Identification Documents

You can add any combination of the following to your primary documents to increase your total to 100 points:

A licence issued under New Zealand law which contains a photograph or signature

50 Points

Government authority or public service employee’s ID card

25 Points

Social security, health care or pension card

25 Points

Tertiary education institution ID card

25 Points

If you wish to use more than one of the following, the first document is worth 40 points, and any additional documents are worth 25 points:

A utility bill (e.g., telephone, water, electricity, gas, council rates notice)

40/25 Points

Government authority or public service employee’s ID card

40/25 Points

Foreign driver's licence

40/25 Points

A bank/credit union/building society passbook, statement or debit/credit card

40/25 Points

The screening process

At RE/MAX Realty Group, we look for prospective tenants that will treat the property as if it were their own. This means they should have financial stability, the ability to pay the rent and a good rental history. Once you complete an application, our leasing team will conduct a review of the information you’ve provided. They will also contact your personal references and employers.

The Keys

At the commencement of the lease, you will be given the keys to your new home. When you leave the rental, your tenancy will not end, and you will continue to be charged rent until the original keys (and any copies you made) are returned to RE/MAX Realty Group.

Paying the bond

Paying the bond

The bond is a sum of money that you provide as financial protection for the owner of the home.

It is held as security against any property damage or wear and tear over and above what would be considered normal for the term of your tenancy. Your bond is lodged with Tenancy Services, and they will hold it for the duration of your lease. As long as the property does not suffer damage or undue wear and tear during your tenancy, the bond will be refunded when you move out.

The amount of the bond is specified in the lease document and should not exceed four weeks’ worth of rent. When you leave the property, if there is unpaid rent or you have caused damage that requires repairs, we will deduct the exact costs required to fix the issue, and the balance of the bond will be returned to you. If the damage or unpaid rent exceeds the amount of the bond, no money will be refunded.

Moving

Utilities

Fast Connect offers an efficient moving home service to assist you in connecting you power, gas, phone, broadband and Sky.Whether you need new connections, disconnections or transfers of your existing services, we can help and it’s FREE. Just quote Agent Code:1383Z
www.fastconnect.co.nz

Removalists

Find a competitive and reliable removal company to look after your precious goods at www.moving-companies.co.nz

Truck Hire

Budget trucks for rental truck rates and reservations. www.truck.budget.co.nz

Moving Boxes

Pay It Yourself can deliver the boxes you need, or you can pick them up yourself. www.piy.co.nz

TradeMe is an excellent place to find second-hand boxes.
www.trademe.co.nz

Mail Redirection

New Zealand Post can redirect your mail to your new address.
www.nzpost.co.nz

Insurance

The owner’s insurance on the property does not cover your personal belongings. We strongly recommend that you take out contents insurance to cover your possessions for loss, damage or theft.

Paying the rent

We make it easy for you to pay your rent by Direct Debit. Simply set it up, and the rent will automatically be deducted from your nominated account each month.

Maintenance

For emergency maintenance such as blocked toilets, major leaks or floods, gas leaks or power outages, please contact us immediately on 021 412 708 for seven-days-a-week support.

Inspections

Inspections

We will inspect the property regularly to make sure it is being well maintained. You will be given the opportunity to advise us of any repairs or maintenance you feel is needed

Initial Inspection

Upon the commencement of your lease, RE/MAX Realty Group will complete an inspection and full condition report. You will be given the opportunity to check this, add to it, and return it to us within three business days. We will refer to this report at the end of the tenancy, so it’s important that you read the condition report thoroughly, provide comments within the required timeframe, and retain a copy in a safe place.

Periodic Inspections

We will routinely inspect your rented property three months after you first move in and every three to six months there after. You’ll be advised in advance, and it’s a good idea to be there to discuss any problems affecting your tenancy or contact us prior to the inspection to raise any issues.

Final Inspection

When you leave the property, we will perform a final inspection. This inspection will be carefully compared with the initial inspection report to ensure that there has been no damage (beyond normal wear and tear) and that no fixtures have been removed (e.g. light fittings).

Ending your lease

Your tenancy agreement is a legal contract protecting both you and the owner. Once the fixed term has expired, you may continue living at the property or vacate. If you intend to vacate, you must give at least 21 days’ notice prior to the expiry of your agreement. Your bond will be refunded to you promptly after the property is fully vacated, less any deductions that may be agreed or directed by the tenancy tribunal. You cannot apply for a bond refund until you have returned all the keys and an inspection has been carried out.

Breaking your lease

If you need to break your lease, you must notify us immediately. You will continue to be responsible for and must pay the rent, until the property is re-let to a suitable tenant. You will also be responsible for paying re-letting costs, advertising and associated re-letting charges.
You can view our available rental properties here.

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