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The landlord’s guide to tenancy databases

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The landlord’s guide to tenancy databases

by Sam O Connor 03 December 2020 1 minute read

What are tenancy databases and why should you use them as a landlord?

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December 03, 2020

According to realestate.com.au, if you’re a landlord about to rent out a property, it’s worth knowing which tools are at your disposal when it comes to finding the best tenant. 

What is a tenancy database?

Tenancy databases contain information about the renting history of certain tenants.

As a landlord or estate agent, you can pay a membership fee to access a database to search for and screen prospective tenants, and to list problem tenants. However, it’s important that you understand your responsibilities when using tenancy databases.

Listing tenants on a database

You can only list a tenant if they were named on the tenancy agreement, the agreement has ended, the tenant breached the agreement and because of the breach, either:

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  • They owe an amount more than the bond and the Civil and Administrative Tribunal has made an order that they pay that amount.
  • Tribunal has made a possession order.

Tenants can only be listed for the following breaches of the tenancy agreement:

  • Maliciously damaging a rental property
  • Endangering neighbours’ safety
  • Not paying rent
  • Failing to comply with a Tribunal order
  • Using a rental property for illegal purposes
  • Sub-letting a rental property without the consent of the landlord or estate agent.

Before listing a tenant on a database, you must notify them in writing and provide them with 14 days to object.

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