Q1: How do I reserve a room at UniLodge @ RMIT
- Complete the online application
- Once we have received your application, we will contact you within 72 hours by email to confirm the details of the lease agreement.
- If you receive an offer of accommodation with UniLodge you will be required to pay a security deposit equal to 4 weeks’ worth of rent and an application fee of $200.00 in order to secure your accommodation.
Q2: What kind of contracts does the property offer?
A2: Full Year leases are preferable, but options will include Full Year (52 weeks) & Academic Year (46 weeks). Contracts will be available to commence from 5 February 2018. Special packages are available for Study Abroad/Exchange students – ensure to select the SAEX option under rental terms on the online booking form.
Q3: Do you have car parking facilities?
A3: Dedicated reserved car parking is provided for UniLodge @ RMIT Bundoora residents. Full-year ($240) and half-year ($135) permits are available for purchase on campus at RMIT Connect.
Q4: What do I need to buy before I can move in?
A4: Your apartment is furnished with a bed, study desk and chair, wardrobe, TV, fridge, and microwave oven. You will need to supply all of your own linen & kitchen equipment – available online via our convenient UniLodge online shop, Your Shop.
Q5: What do I do if I have a visitor?
A5: As this is a secure building, all residents are required to meet their guests at the entrance door as this door is only accessible by a resident swipe card.
Q6: If I really want to move rooms after I move in – is that possible?
A6: Once you have signed a lease for your room, you cannot change rooms until your lease expires or you break your lease.
Q7: Can I move out at any time?
A7: When you move into your apartment, you sign a Residence Agreement. This is a legally binding document that means you have committed to paying rent from the start date on your contract until the end date of your contract. If you move out, you still have to pay rent until your contract expires. However, if you have no choice but to move out, you can break your lease. This means that you need to pay a lease break fee and the rent until someone else takes over your contract.
Q8: What is a Security Deposit?
A8: A Security Deposit is an amount of money that you need to pay that can be used if you do not meet the terms and conditions of your tenancy agreement. Examples of this include: If you fail to keep the property clean, cause damage or are in rent arrears, the owner of the property may claim some or the entire Security Deposit only when the tenancy ends.
Q9: How much is the Security Deposit?
A9: A Security Deposit equivalent to 4 weeks rent is payable to UniLodge.
Q10: What is a Condition Report?
A10: When you pay a Security Deposit, we must prepare a ‘Condition Report’, which records the property’s general condition, including fittings and fixtures, and present you with 2 paper copies of this Report when you come to collect your keys. Review and, if necessary, add your comments to the ‘Condition Report’. You must return the report to UniLodge within three business days of moving in and you should keep a copy of the ‘Condition Report’ until the end of the tenancy. The ‘Condition Report’ is a very important document, as it can be used as evidence if there is a dispute about who should pay for cleaning, damage, or replacement of missing items, particularly at the end of a tenancy. You may want to take photos of your apartment at the start of your tenancy to further show the condition. The owner may claim some or all of the Security Deposit for cleaning, damage, or replacement of missing items at the end of your tenancy. If the ‘Condition Report’ stated that the work was required at the start of the tenancy, or the items were not listed, it can help you prove the Security Deposit should be returned to you.
Q11: I am vacating, can I use the Security Deposit for my last month’s rent?
A11: No, your Security Deposit and rent are separate payments.
Q12: What happens when I vacate?
A12: You need to leave your apartment clean and tidy, and ensure all personal items have been removed, report any damage that may have been caused during your tenancy. This allows for a speedy Security Deposit resolution.