Tenant Obligations

Landlords and tenants both have rights and obligations when a tenancy agreement is entered into. These rights and obligations are set out in the Residential Tenancies Act 1995. Some of these rights and obligations cannot be changed, even if there is mutual agreement between the parties.

The landlord/tenant relationship begins when a landlord agrees to rent residential premises to a tenant. “Premises” include the land and buildings contained on it, and all things provided for use by the tenant. However, a landlord and tenant may agree at the beginning of the tenancy to exclude certain parts of the premises as being for use by the landlord. A tenancy agreement can be written, verbal or even implied. It does not need to be in writing to be binding.

When you enter into a residential tenancy agreement, you are agreeing to the obligations as set out in the terms and conditions of the lease. These are the must do’s of renting:


  • Pay the rent on time
  • Keep the premises in a reasonable state of cleanliness
  • Pay charges for water supply and water consumption as agreed between the landlord and the tenant
  • Not intentionally or negligently cause or allow damage to be caused to the premises
  • Notify Homburg Real Estate of damage to the premises
  • Notify your Homburg Property Manager when repairs are needed
  • Not use the premises, or allow them to be used for any illegal purpose
  • Not cause or allow a nuisance or interference with the reasonable peace, comfort and privacy of anyone else living in the immediate vicinity of the premises
  • Not fit any fixtures or make any alternation to the premises (including picture hooks, shelves and fences) without the landlord permission.