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Finding a Place to Live

Finding a private rental

There are agencies that can support you in the very competitive market that is private rental properties and applications.

Mercy Youth Services – Youth Support Service (Metropolitan area)

  • Assists young people aged 18-25 years to obtain private rental accommodation and provides outreach support for up to 12 months to stabilise and maintain the tenancy.

Office Hours 9.00am-5.00pm Mon-Friday
Phone: 9442 3444

UnitingCare West Home (Metropolitan area)

  • Homelink provides practical assistance to people (over 18 years) experiencing a problem accessing housing, but who do not require ongoing supported accommodation.

Hours: 9.00am-5.00pm Mon-Friday
Phone: 1300 663 298

Partnership in Housing Project (Busselton area)

  • Assistance in obtaining accommodation in the private rental market.

9am-5pm Mon-Friday
Phone: (08) 9752 2855

How do I get started?

There are several options when it comes to looking for private rental accommodation. If you are in the Perth area, check the real estate section of the classified lift out in the West Australian newspaper (on Wednesdays & Saturdays), look under ‘To Let’ or ‘Shared Accommodation’. Local community newspapers also feature ‘To Let’ and list shared accommodation in your area.

If you are living in a regional area, check out your local newspaper.
All over the state, the other options for seeking rental/shared accommodation are:

  • Internet sites Rental Properties and Gumtree
  • Community notice boards at places like libraries, shopping centres, TAFE and University campuses and cafes
  • Real Estate Agents generally have a listing of available rental properties at their front reception, or in the window.

Many ‘to let’ advertisements will have abbreviations for the properties features that you may find hard to understand, (for example WC=water closet, which means toilet and WIR=walk in robe).

To get a better understanding of what the abbreviations mean, visit the TASWA website TASWA and click on the ‘Entering a Tenancy’ page.

Suiting your needs

Before you start looking for rental properties, there are several aspects that you should consider:

  • How much can you afford? See section on Moving in Costs to see how much you need.
  • How long do you want to rent for (e.g. 6 or 12 month lease)?
  • Where do you want to rent (e.g. close to work, friends, family, TAFE/uni, public transport)?
  • Can you look after a garden and pool (e.g. weeding, watering, lawn mowing & pool cleaning)?

Once you find a possible place, you need to check these things out:

  • Is the place in good condition?
  • Does everything work? Will the owner fix anything that doesn’t work?
  • Are there any extra costs apart from the rent (e.g. water consumption)?
  • If it is a unit or flat, what are the corporate body rules?
  • If you are renting a flat, are there hidden costs like common area charges for water, electricity & gas. An extra charge to read the sub-meter?
  • Can you have pets?
  • Is the property furnished?
  • If it is a flat, does it have a laundry on site or in the unit?

If not using a Laundromat will be an extra expense.