When I called the landlord (it is a private landlord), she said that the tenants she currently has are being evicted, and she is sick of getting taken advantage of by tenants, so instead of asking for 6 weeks bond and 2 weeks rent in advance, she was not going to let anyone move in unless they paid the 6 weeks bond and 3 weeks in advance. (ie an extra week in advance) She also said that after the initial rent was paid, she wanted the next fortnightly payment to be 2 weeks later, so that basically if you did not pay rent on its due date she would still be a week in front, and she would go straight to the tribunal as soon as rent was a day late. (For the record I have never paid rent late, and never would)
I was just wondering if it is acceptable or allowed for a landlord to say they wanted 3 weeks rent in advance, as well as the bond, as I have always known it as 2 weeks in advance. (I do understand her reasoning, but it is a little unfair for all us 'good' tenants to have to come up with over $3000 just to move into a place. (Although I know some people pay months and months in front at the commencement of a lease so as to secure a rental)
I am in SA if that helps
eta. she would not give me any address details etc, and said that I needed to fill out an application form, and for her to accept me as a tenant before I could view the property. I also have not even seen pics.
Edited by KylieMin0gue, 23 February 2012 - 08:50 PM.