Houses for rent: FAQs
What is the best way to rent a house in Australia?
The best way to rent a house is to use a reputable online rental portal, like RentEzy.
RentEzy gives you access to a range of both privately managed rentals and agency rental houses. Use our search criteria to narrow down results by feature, such as the number of bedrooms, the location, and whether or not the property is a pet-friendly rental.
Once you have found a suitable house for rent, you can contact the property owner, property manager, or real estate agency to schedule an inspection.
How do I apply for a rental house?
To apply for a rental house, you will be required to fill out a rental application and submit any supporting documentation. First and foremost, property owners and managers want proof that you can pay your rent on time and in full for the duration of the lease. They also want assurance that you can care for the property and meet other terms and conditions set out by the tenancy agreement.
The supporting documentation you should supply will vary depending on your specific circumstances.
Read our comprehensive guide: How to apply for a rental property
How much money do I need to rent a house?
How much money you need to rent a house depends on several factors, including your desired location, the size of the property you need, and any other must-have features. Houses for rent in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and other city centres are typically more expensive than rental houses in regional and rural areas.
Can you rent a house for six months?
Yes. If your rental provider agrees to a six-month tenancy agreement, you can rent a home for six months.
Visit our short-term rentals page.
What documents do I need to rent?
The documents you need to rent a house depends on your unique circumstance, but will typically include the following:
- Proof of employment
- Proof of income
- A reference from an employer, teacher, business associate, or other professional
- Photo ID, such as a passport, driver’s license, or student ID
- A recent utility bill (gas, electricity, or phone bill, for example) or rates notice
Do I need a license to rent my house?
No. You can manage your rental house without a license.
Agency fees are typically the most significant cost associated with owning an investment property. More and more property owners are opting to privately manage their homes in an effort to save money – according to finder.com.au, 25 per cent of Aussie landlords manage their own properties.
Do be aware, however, that rental laws differ from state-to-state. It’s critical that you meet your legal responsibilities and obligations. If you’d like help navigating ever-changing rental legislation, check out our exclusive landlord coaching service. Get the peace of mind you need to finally manage your rental property yourself.
How long do I have to live in a home before I can rent it?
You must live in your home for at least one year before you can rent it out as an investment property. If you’d like to purchase a property and rent it out straight away, you must inform your lender.
Can I rent out a house that I have a mortgage on?
Yes. Many homeowners and property investors use rental income to pay their mortgage.