Living Here Cush Partners principal Haesley Cush has the ultimate checklist to get your bond money back. Picture: Annette DewI WAS chatting to a one of our tenants this week, like most people he was telling me how well he had looked after the place and that it was way better now than when he moved in. He was in the process of moving out and he wanted to make sure he was going to get his full bond back. So I gave him my advice.When it comes time to leave your rental property there are some things that all tenants should know in order to get their full bond back.The first starts back at the beginning of the lease. Once you signed your lease and take possession of the keys the clock starts ticking. You have three days to review your entry condition report (ECR) and alert your agent to any discrepancies. I always advise tenants to take lots of photos, make notes on the ECR and ensure you return it within the allocated time. This could save you thousands at the end of your lease.Throughout the tenancy, advise your agent of any maintenance issues, even if they don’t bother you. Most tenants are surprised to know that their lease stipulates that they must advise the landlord of any maintenance. This stops a small problem becoming a major job eg. A small water mark in the ceiling becoming the entire roof caving in from built up water damage.Do not leave the keys on the kitchen counter, take it to the landlord or agent.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoUse the real estate agent’s recommended cleaner when it’s time to go. A bond clean is quite expensive. So if you are going to engage a cleaner let the agent appoint them. That way if the property manager is unhappy with the standard of cleanliness then they can deal with the cleaner directly with no extra costs to the tenant.You must return the property to the same standard that it was handed to you, barring any fair wear and tear. This barring any fair wear and tear is the source of many arguments but essentially it’s any damage that is caused by simply using the property in the way it was designed to be used, for example wear to carpets from walking on them.Handing back the property incorrectly can cost thousands. You can’t just simply leave when your lease is up. If you have a lease you are bound to pay rent and look after the property for the entire period of the lease. Once that fixed term lease is finished, if no notice is given, then the lease becomes a periodic lease commonly known as a ‘month-to-month’ lease.You must provide written notice to the landlord that you are leaving. In Queensland this is a minimum of two weeks before you intend to leave, accepting that you can’t just give two weeks mid lease, it needs to be no less than two weeks before the end of your lease or once it becomes a periodic.Possession is often decided on as when the keys are returned. Giving notice and leaving, without returning the keys, can mean the rent keeps ticking over. So don’t just drop them on the bench and leave! Take them to the landlord or agent, ask them to photocopy them and everyone should sign an acknowledgment that they have been returned.* Haesley Cush is the principal of property management firm Living Here Cush Partners.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 1, 2010 at 12:00 pm Brian Wagner was having trouble finding gaps. As an inside linebacker gearing up for his third season with the Akron football team, finding gaps and locating the ball are his primary duties. But on that first day of practice this past spring, Wagner might as well have been a freshman. Well, almost. New head coach Rob Ianello was hired over the winter, bringing with him a new defensive formation: a 4-3 scheme. That left Wagner to fill the all-important middle linebacker spot in the defense. On this first day of spring practice, Wagner and the rest of his teammates had to begin to learn Ianello’s new playbook. More than five months later, it is no longer the new defense, it is just the defense. ‘I think everybody getting to know each other was part of it,’ Ianello said. ‘I think we’ve made great strides in that, and I think any growing pains in regards to that transition are over with.’ Ianello’s 4-3 defense is the third defensive formation Akron has played in the past three years. This season, the shift is from an unconventional 3-3-5 back to a standard 4-3. Each year when Wagner and his teammates have arrived at camp, they have had to learn a new set of plays, new calls and new positioning. For Wagner, that turnover has been the hardest part of his offseasons. On Saturday, Wagner and the Zips will test out their new scheme for the first time when Syracuse makes the trip to Ohio in a season opener (6 p.m., ESPN3).AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Senior defensive tackle Almondo Sewell has been with Wagner through all three defenses. He credits some of Wagner’s success last season (132 tackles) to his ability to pick up the playbook quickly and foresees a similar season for him in 2010. ‘(The transition) is going pretty well,’ Sewell said. ‘We have a new defense, but we’ve had a good, long time to get it down pat. Now (defensive coordinator Curt) Mallory gives it to us, and we just run the plays.’ Last season, the Akron defense struggled in the 3-3-5 formation. It gave up an average of nearly 30 points per game. Although the Zips defense got noteworthy numbers from Wagner, they were not enough to get the team past a 3-9 record. Akron struggled to put pressure on the quarterback (11 sacks all last season) or stop the run because it lacked men on the line. Ianello’s plan to have four men up front this year is intended to allow Akron to pack the box and stop the run. Before he came to Akron or met Wagner, Ianello knew that when he ran his own team, he would play a 4-3. He thinks it gives his defense a better chance to put pressure on the quarterback. Centered behind the four men on the line, the middle linebacker, Wagner, orchestrates the plays. ‘You’ve got to have a ‘Mike’ linebacker that can get everybody lined up, knows what everybody’s got to do, knows what he’s got to do and can be a real run stopper,’ Ianello said. ‘Brian does a nice job of all those things.’ Wagner worked all summer to adapt to his new role as the sole man in the middle and the play-caller for the defense. The new responsibilities fit well to the exceptional skill set he displayed last year. He finished second in the Mid-Atlantic Conference in tackles, with an average of 11 per game. His 132 total tackles were 61 more than the next best on the team. A 4-3 defense should allow Wagner the opportunity for even more tackles, because he will be part of every play. ‘I’m right in the middle,’ Wagner said. ‘I’m right in the middle of the defense, so I’m a part of everything. Instead of two linebackers, there’s just me in the middle, so you get a little bit of everything.’ From the experience gained last season and the muscle mass he put on during his summer workouts, Wagner’s statistics have the potential to be even better this year. But Wagner is taking on a lot of responsibility with his duties as the defensive play-caller. Ianello views the middle linebacker as the ‘quarterback of the defense,’ the man who has to get the plays from the bench and then ensure that his teammates are all in position before any given play. Vocal leadership is not something Wagner has taken to in the past. Despite leading his high school team to the playoffs each of his four years and his impressive numbers last season, Wagner tended to lead by example rather than by voice. ‘He was never the boisterous kid out in front or a talk-it-up kind of leader,’ said Steve DeWitt, Wagner’s coach from Catholic Central High School in Springfield, Ohio. ‘Rather his style of play, the intensity that he always practiced with and that he always played with was a real credit to his work ethic. It drove up the intensity of play in all his teammates.’ The quiet Wagner is concerned about becoming more confident on the field. Only a sophomore, he is the anchor of the defense. He has to be more familiar with the playbook than anyone else on the field. His anxiety stems from the responsibility of ensuring everyone is set each play. Wagner will test his confidence in the new defense for the first time Saturday against SU. He was sick for last year’s game at the Carrier Dome, so this will be his first time facing the Orange. The new defense aims to prevent a repeat of Syracuse’s 234 yards rushing against Akron last year. Ianello has faith that the work his middle linebacker did in the offseason will overshadow any insecurity and anticipates Wagner will only lead his defense to improve as the season progresses. ‘I think you gain confidence through knowing what to do,’ Ianello said. ‘Every day, Brian and the other players will continue to grow in their confidence with knowing what to do and being able to play fast.’ firstname.lastname@example.org Comments