Propertyscouts New Plymouth

Looking For A Rental Property In New Plymouth?

Moving to New Plymouth, through New Plymouth, or around New Plymouth? Propertyscouts can assist you in finding a quality rental, in your price range and time frame. The team at Propertyscouts are the most active in the Taranaki area at assisting tenants. We really do have our ear to the ground and get to hear about many properties for rent before anyone else.

We have properties available right now for short, medium and long term rental. View our current rentals on our rentals page.

Alternatively, you can let us know what you require in a rental property by completing our rentals wanted form. This will enable Propertyscouts to contact you when suitable properties become available that match your criteria. Frequently we rent out properties to tenants on our database BEFORE the property gets advertised online.

Once you have found a suitable Propertyscouts rental property;  the next step is to complete an application form.
 


Once we have processed your application (carried out reference & credit checks) and it has been approved we require payment of the rent and bond, and completion of the tenancy documents.
 

Further Information for current and potential Propertyscouts Tenants

We provide a tenant information pack here at Propertyscouts New Plymouth. This covers everything from rent payments to information on tenancies.

 

Rent Payments

Rent payments are made weekly and the amount will be set out in the tenancy agreement. You will be required to pay your first week's rent before you move into the property and your next rent payment must be made before the end of your first week in the tenancy. We recommend you set up an automatic payment to our bank account so you don't forget. If you don’t get paid weekly, think about opening a separate ‘rent’ account to pay your rent automatic payment out of. That way, you can put money in your rent account right after you get paid and you don’t have to worry about accidentally spending it.

 

Utilities and Other Services

Generally, it is your responsibility to arrange for utilities to be connected to the property you’re renting. Fast Connect is a free service you can use to set up all your utilities, including power, phone and internet, gas and SKY. We strongly suggest you consider using them to get your utilities up and running.

 

Inspections

Propertyscouts carry out entry and exit inspections along with routine inspections. 

An entry inspection is where we go through the property at the beginning of the tenancy to record the condition you receive it in. This involves taking detailed photographs and video. We will provide you with a copy of the ‘agreed condition’ page of your tenancy agreement within a few days of the entry inspection being completed.

At the end of your tenancy, we carry out an exit inspection to make sure you have returned the property in the same condition you took it over in. We keep the video footage and entry photographs on record until you have vacated the property and the bond has been returned to you with any outstanding matters finalised.

We carry out property inspections one month after the tenancy commences and then every three months after that. We complete our inspections digitally using a smart phone, including taking photographs which will go to the property owners. You will be notified via email and SMS letting you know there is an inspection coming up and what day it will be. You are welcome to be at home during the time of inspection, however we are able to access the property using our keys.

 

Maintenance

Propertyscouts will arrange for any maintenance issues to be dealt with. All you need to do is notify us by email or phone in an emergency.

Tenants are responsible for taking care of:

- Lawns and gardens maintenance (landlords take care of trees and shrubs)

- Light bulbs

- Smoke alarms (ensuring they remain in working order and replace flat batteries)

- Drains

- Cleaning heat pump filters

 

Tenancy Agreements and Bonds

Fixed-term tenancies are a legally binding contract for a specific length of time and cannot be ended during the term of the tenancy. If for some reason you need to break this agreement, Propertyscouts may arrange a lease re-assigment with you. It is not available to all our tenancies and is considered on a case by case basis. This means you as the tenant are obligated to keep paying the rent and maintaining the property until a suitable tenancy is put into place  This also comes at a cost to the tenant, to cover advertising and replacing the tenancy.

A periodic tenancy is one that continues until either the tenant or the landlord gives written notice to end it. A tenant must give at least 21 days’ written notice to end the tenancy, unless the landlord agrees to a shorter time (it’s best for this agreement to be in writing). A landlord must give at least 90 days' written notice to end the tenancy, but can give less time (at least 42 days’ notice) in certain circumstances.

Your bond (equivalent to four weeks’ rent) will have been paid by us to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. We will not authorise the release of the bond until we are satisfied that the property is being returned to us in the same condition (except for acceptable wear and tear) as it was at the start of the tenancy.

Propertyscouts New Plymouth also provide a cleaning guide and tips for a warm and dry home in the tenant information pack. This will assist you in getting your bond returned in full.

 

Contents Insurance

We strongly suggest that you take out contents insurance as the property owner's insurance does not cover your possessions and the property owner may not be insured. You may be held liable for damage you or any of your guests cause to the property.

What would be an example of where I might be liable for damage?

A good example of this is where a tenant places a hot pot on top of a Formica bench. If left for even a short time the pot will burn the top laminate of the bench causing it to bubble. In such a case, you may be liable for the whole repair or for the insurance excess the property owner has to pay.

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