Queensland, with its warm temperate climate, is the perfect breeding ground for the pests we find in and around the home. The life-cycle of the pest increases as the warmer months arrive. This means that they breed a lot faster and is the main reason why you will notice an increase in the numbers of cockroaches, ants and spiders during the months of Spring and Summer.
The Ideal Season for Pest Treatment
You may ask, when exactly IS the best time to get your property sprayed for these pests? Many people seem to wait until they see an abundance of ants, spiders or even cockroaches around the home, most likely in Summer. Well, the ideal time to actually get the home treated is in Spring.
By spraying the home in Spring, we have an opportunity to easily destroy the nest and the colony while the pest numbers are low, and before the pest becomes an infestation. This makes for a more effective treatment.
If you have waited beyond Spring to get your house treated, not to worry as the type of chemical that the top pest control companies use should manage even the most stubborn of pest.
How Often Should the House Be Sprayed for Pests
The second question we receive is how often the house or unit should be sprayed for pests. The answer, is once a year. An annual spray is by far the best way to keep those pests at bay. Using the analogy of servicing your car, preventative treatment is the smarter way to keep the pest numbers down.
Lastly, please ensure your chosen pest company:
Uses the latest innovation in Chemical formulation – i.e. a chemical that allows the pests to take the poison back to the nest, thereby eliminating the colony over time and
Sprays around 35 litres of chemical spray-mix from a Petrol driven pump with a large spray tank on the back of a UTE. A 5-litre hand sprayer for outside treatment can quite simply not deliver the amount of chemical required to effectively treat the Pest.
There are times that a resident will have to end their lease earlier from the contract agreement. We need to understand that tenancy agreements are legally binding. If these agreements are broken then most likely there will be a compensation that are needed to be paid.
As agents, we are often asked by Tenants for the compensations required and what are those compensations needed for. For assistance, we have designed a list of reasons as to why a compensation is required from the Lessee and what are those amount of compensation needed for by the Lessor.
Below are the duties in finding a replacement tenant which includes but not limited to:
Processing an application form which can take anything up to a day to gather and check all information including:
Sighting proof of ID
Proof of address
Proof of income to support the weekly rent
Obtaining rental history including rental payment history and relevant checks
Obtaining proof of employment
Searching tenancy defaulting databases
Possibly getting guarantor letters
Once an application got an approval from the office then it will be forwarded to the Lessor for approval.
After approval from the Lessor, all applicants will be emailed to reference check all the information from the application to ready for the next step.
Then, rents and bonds are needed to be receipted.
All relevant documentation needs to be drawn up.
Schedule an appointment for Sign-Up.
Meet the tenant for half an hour sign up appointment explaining the terms and conditions for their lease.
Copies will be made, e-filed and sent it to all relevant parties.
Bond lodged with RTA.
Prior to the new tenant moving in, a comprehensive Entry Condition Report needs to be completed accompanied by internal and external property photos (this process usually takes between 1 and 2 hours).
The tenant has 3 days to complete their side of the ECR and send it back to the Agent.
If there are discrepancies, then we usually arrange a time to meet the tenant onsite to collaborate.
Once signed off on, then these are entered into our software and emailed to all parties concerned.
Above is the first part of how to onboard new tenancy.
The other part of our duty for both the exiting tenant and the Lessor, is to Perform a full vacate on the property, which includes the same as the ECR but in reverse. We then have to compare the original ECR to the vacating tenant to see if there are any discrepancies. If so, then we need to arrange to have the outgoing tenant attend to these items, or Project manage the rectification with tradespeople, cleaners and the like. Once completed, we then arrange for you to sign your bond refund then lodge the refund with the RTA.
These items are but a few of the tasks that an Agency must complete with any outgoing/incoming tenancy. As such, a Letting Fee applies to the Lessor for this work, including any advertising/marketing fees that might pertain.
Below is a link to the Residential Tenancies website with further information about ending a lease early.