Why you should have a “condition report party” when you move into a new place

Why you should have a “condition report party” when you move into a new place

Helpful tips on filling out a condition report you must complete when renting a new home.

This article is part of an ongoing series produced by RMIT's Student Legal Service to provide RMIT students with tips and advice around renting in Victoria.

You’ve finally found a rental = time to party.

We get that thinking about a condition report is usually not very high on a renter’s mind.

But in our experience rental providers will fill in a condition report saying everything is perfect – despite anything that is dirty, damaged or not working.

We’re suggesting, as well as sending out invites to your housewarming, that you and your flatmates have a condition report party.

Here are some simple rules for your condition report party:

  • You must complete the report within 5 business days from moving in (don’t count the weekend)
  • A condition report is a bit like social media – the more comments the better. Especially if you disagree with the rental provider.
  • Take lots of photos (and even videos) – your phone is your friend here. While these pictures might not make it into your feed – we recommend you save them somewhere in case they are needed later.
  • Make sure you sign (or e-sign) the condition report and send it back to the rental provider (keep a copy for yourself).
  • Don’t forget to also check the outside of the property.
  • You can now also list repairs in the “renter’s comments” section – handy!

Having an accurate condition report really helps resolve any potential bond disputes when you leave the property. 


So, let’s all get the condition report party started!

You can find out more information on the Tenants Victoria website and Consumer Affairs Victoria website.

If you’d like legal advice about a tenancy or rental arrangement, make an enquiry with the RMIT Student Legal Service.

22 June 2022


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