How To Get Your Bond Back

  1. DOCUMENT THE PLACE UPON MOVING IN

In most contracts, the leaseholder has seven days to report any pre-existing damage to the landlord. So don’t delay on this; take a picture of that dodgy stain in the carpet and those chips in the bench and email them to your landlord to timestamp that shit. It’ll cover your ass in the long run. You’ll be glad you did. Your bond depends on it.

  1. GET CONTENTS INSURANCE

Look up StudentSafe Kiwi Insurance on the UC website (approx. $620 per academic year). Can’t afford it? See if you’re covered under your parents or frighten them into paying for it with this worst-case scenario: got drunk, lit a candle, visited www.literotica.com, fell asleep, burnt the whole block down.

  1. NOTIFY YOUR LANDLORD AS SOON AS SOMETHING NEEDS REPAIRING

Resist you kiwi DIY inclination. If you muck it up, you’ll be liable when you move out. If you fail to tell them until you move out, then your broken stove looks pretty shady.

  1. KEEP YOUR FLAT CLEAN

An almost impossible expectation? Yes. But if the inside looks like a dumpster, then you’ll be less likely to contact your landlord to fix anything. In the long run, you won’t regret it. Alternative to cleaning: get an OCD flatmate.

  1. GET A PRE-INSPECTION BEFORE MOVING OUT

Moving out is when your shiny bond is at most risk; a pre-inspection gives you time to address any issues. Other general tips: don’t move out on the last day – you need time to clean and generally inspect how much you destroyed the place; and have a witness with you for the final inspection with the landlord.