Costs at the Start
A landlord/agent can only ask you to pay the following:
- a holding fee
- rent in advance
- a bond.
They cannot charge a fee for the preparation of a written tenancy agreement. Be sure to get a detailed receipt for any amounts you pay to the landlord/agent.
The Rentstart scheme provides financial assistance to disadvantaged tenants in the private rental market, including money for bond and rent in advance. Apply through Housing NSW (phone 1300 468 746).