First Time Renting Guide Rental Houses In Jakarta Indonesia

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First Time Renting Guide Rental Houses

First-Time Renting Guide For Rental Houses In Jakarta Indonesia

A guide to help you with the process of renting a house or flat and compound

First Time Renting Guide Rental Houses. The current housing market has made renting property an increasingly important part of the way we live now. House prices have outstripped wages significantly, making it difficult to get on the property ladder, so renting can often be the best option.

Property for rent doesn’t simply appeal to tenants who may be waiting or hoping to get onto the property ladder, but it also offers flexibility for those downsizing or moving into a new area.  It isn’t uncommon for estate agents to arrange viewings for potential tenants that include everyone from young singles moving into their own place for the first time to mature couples who are downsizing.

Although renting gives you greater flexibility than owning a property, it still takes time and money to find the right place and to move in, so it is worth putting some careful thought into finding somewhere that will suit you.

Before You Start Your Rental Search

Make sure you are financially prepared for the rent and the permitted payments.

Once the landlord decides you will be a good tenant, you will need to pay fees to set up the tenancy to cover the cost of references, credit checks, and arranging your rental.

Before you move in you will also pay a security deposit and probably one month’s rent in advance.

These initial checks establish that you can afford the rent and therefore will make a good tenant.

Other things to consider

How long do you want the tenancy for? A tenancy is usually a minimum of 6 months. If you are not sure, you can ask for a tenancy to be extended but remember there are costs involved in extending your fixed term tenancy agreement.

Start gathering together documents that your agent will need to confirm your identity, immigration status, and possibly employment status.

How to Find a Place to Rent In South Jakarta Indonesia

Before you start looking, 

First Time Renting Guide Rental Houses. Have a careful think about what sort of property you want and which best suits your current lifestyle

  • Do you have a car and therefore need off street parking or a garage?
  • Do you own a lot of furniture, so you need an unfurnished rental, or do you own a little, so part-furnished would be more appropriate?
  • Have you just left university and have no furniture, so you need a fully furnished place?
  • If you choose a furnished or partially furnished apartment, you will have to look after the furniture or lose some or all of your deposit to cover damage.
  • Do you want or need a garden for yourself, your children, or your pets?

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Where should I look?

Kemang House offers several ways to find rental property that is available now.

Use our rental search and adjust the filters and advanced features to narrow down the search to find exactly what you want.

Sign up for property alerts to find out about new-to-market rental properties. This gives you access to the Kemang House part of the website, where you can save your favorite properties.

Go into Kemang House Agent and speak to your local Lettings expert, who will help you find your rental. You can discuss your needs with them, and they can advise on the best areas to match your criteria.

BEWARE: Whilst we appreciate that it can sometimes be frustrating if you can’t find the property you want to let immediately, please don’t be tempted to try to find one by posting a request for a property to rent on social media. We’ve heard of tenants who’ve become victims of social media scams and have been affected both financially and emotionally as a result.

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Arrange Viewings

The only way to really get a feel for the kind of property you might rent is to arrange some viewings

Go through your list of favorite properties, arrange viewings via the website, or ask the branch renting the property. Many letting agents offer video tours or virtual viewings so you can get a feel for the property and whether or not it’s right for you before visiting it in person.

Take your list of criteria with you on the viewings to make sure the property is a good match. It is also a good idea to make a list of questions to ask. Here are some important ones:

  • How much is the rent per calendar month?
  • What is included in the rent?
  • What additional bills are there? What is the likely cost? If it’s a houseshare, how are the bills split, and who pays them?
  • How much of a deposit is needed? Where will my deposit be protected?
  • What permitted payments do I need to make to set up the tenancy?
  • Are there permitted payments further down the line if I choose to renew the tenancy?
  • How long is the contract?
  • What notice period is needed when I want to leave the property?
  • Who should I contact in the case of an emergency?
  • What insurance does the landlord have to cover the property? What insurance do I need to cover myself?

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Tenant Application Process First Time Renting Guide Rent House

  • Read your written tenancy agreement carefully to understand your rights and responsibilities.
    • If you have any concerns about the agreement, seek advice before you sign.
  • Agree on an inventory (or check-in report) with your landlord, and, as an extra safeguard, make sure that you take photos. This will make things easier if there is a dispute about the deposit at the end of the tenancy.
    • If you are happy with the inventory, sign it and keep a copy.
  • Remember to take meter readings when you move in.
    • This will help make sure you don’t pay for the previous tenant’s bills.
  • Make sure that you have the correct contact details for the landlord or agent and you keep them handy. These should be given to you.

First Time Renting Guide Rental Houses. Documents Your Landlord or Agent Must Provide:

There are several documents that your landlord or Agent must provide you with at the start of your tenancy, by law. Use the below list as a checklist, and make sure you receive a copy of each.

  • A copy of the guide ‘How to Rent.
  • A gas safety certificate.
    • The landlord must provide one each year if there is a gas installation.
  • Deposit paperwork.
    • If you have provided a deposit, the landlord must protect it in a government-approved scheme. Make sure you get the official information from the scheme, and that you understand how to get your money back at the end of the tenancy. Keep this information safe, as you will need it later.
    • This will affect your energy bills, and the landlord must provide one (except for houses in multiple occupations). If your landlord doesn’t provide these, they can’t evict you until they do.
  • A record of any electrical inspections.
    • All appliances must be safe, and checks every 5 years are recommended.

Tenant Responsibilities

Your Responsibilities As a Tenant

Your number 1 responsibility is to pay your rent in full and on time. Not doing so would put you in breach of your tenancy agreement and at risk of losing your home.

Look after the property

Keep it clean, and take care of any furniture and appliances. Don’t attempt any repairs or decorating without first contacting your Landlord or Agent to seek permission and guidance.  If you notice any issues contact your Landlord/Agent to arrange a repair. Not reporting minor issues that turn into major problems can be a risk to your deposit.

Regularly test smoke alarms

Get familiar with how the boiler and major appliances work. Find out where the stop cock, fuse box, and any meters are located. Much better to know now, than wait for an emergency to try and find them. Ask your Landlord or Agent if you need to.

Last but not least be considerate to the neighbours. Anti-social behavior could get you evicted, so just be considerate of the neighbors.

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Your Landlord’s Responsibilities

Your Landlord/Agent has responsibilities to you as a paying tenant:

  • Maintain the structure and exterior of the property.
  • Insure the building to cover any damage from flood or fire.
  • Deal with problems related to water, electricity, and gas supply.
  • Maintain appliances and furniture they have supplied.
  • Carry out most repairs. If something is not working, report it to the landlord (or their agent) as soon as you can.
  • Arrange an annual gas safety check by a gas-safe engineer (where there are any gas appliances).
  • Give a minimum of 24 hours notice of visits for repairs or maintenance.

Extending Your Tenancy

Should you wish to extend your tenancy after any initial fixed period, there are a number of important issues to consider.

  • Do you want to sign up to a new fixed term? There will likely be costs for this, check with your Landlord or Agent.
  • It is sometimes possible to be on a ‘rolling periodic tenancy’. This means you carry on as before but with no fixed term – you can leave at any time by giving one month’s notice. Or your landlord can end the contract at two months’ notice.
  • Your landlord might want to increase your rent. Your landlord can increase your rent by agreement, or as set out in your tenancy agreement, or by following a procedure set out in law.

Ending Your Tenancy

If you or the landlord want to end the tenancy there are things that both landlords and tenants must do at the end of the tenancy:

Giving Notice

It is a legal requirement for landlords to give you proper notice if they want you to leave. Normally, the landlord must allow any fixed period of the tenancy to have expired, and they must have given at least two months’ notice. Your tenancy agreement should say how much notice you must give the landlord if you want to leave the property – one month’s notice is typical.

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Return of deposit

Try to be present when the property is inspected to check whether any of the tenancy deposit should be deducted to cover damage or cleaning costs (a ‘check-out inventory’).

If you do not agree with the proposed deductions contact the relevant deposit protection scheme.

Outstanding Rent

Make sure that your rent payments are up to date. Do not keep back rent because you think that it will be taken out of the deposit.

Outstanding Bills

Do not leave bills unpaid. This might have an impact on your references and credit rating.

Clean Up

Remove all your possessions, clean the house, take meter readings, return all the keys, and give a forwarding address.

The landlord is entitled to dispose of possessions left in the property after, typically, 14 days.

First Time Renting Guide Rental Houses

Moving Out Of Your Rented Home

Cleaning costs and unpaid rent are the top reasons why deposit money is withheld when a tenant moves out of a rented property.

So before you move out, make sure you have paid any remaining rent that is due. Keep in mind that if you are paying by cheque it will take a few days for the payment to clear, so pay in plenty of time so that by move-out day all monies have cleared and no rent is owed.

Give the property a thorough clean before you leave so it is in ‘move-in’ condition for the next tenant.

If you have rented a property that is full or partly furnished, inspect the furniture and check for any damage.

If you have caused any accidental damage then do get it repaired professionally.

Tips to help avoid problems First Time Renting Guide Rental Houses:

  • Check the property against the condition report from when you moved in.
  • Compare the property now to any photos taken at the start of the tenancy.
  • Take photos when you leave.

Don’t forget to give your energy suppliers plenty of notice that you are moving out so they can organize a final bill. It is also a good idea to take meter readings on your final move out day for your records.

Inform any other suppliers that you are moving out such as Phone, Internet, or TV.

Consider redirecting your mail and leaving a forwarding address with the landlord or agent.

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Regional recommendations in South Jakarta as an expatriate area

  1. Kemang
  2. Cilandak
  3. Cipete
  4. Pondok Indah
  5. Kebayoran baru or Senopati area

These 5 regions are favorite places among expatriates. Because the area is very strategic and also close to international schools.

In the Kemang area, there are many international schools such as New Zealand Schools, Australian Schools, and Dutch schools.

In the Cipete area, there are French schools, there are also many compound housing complexes. as well as single housing which is usually rented out to expatriates. with pretty good facilities and security.

The area in the lodge is beautiful. There is a well-known international school, namely the Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS).

There is even a golf course, church, and shopping center. As well as luxury houses with luxurious facilities. This residence is guarded by security for 24 hours. you can even jog every day around your rental house.

Kebayoran Baru Area, or Senopati Area, is a super strategic area. This area is a place of business in Jakarta. housing here is quite expensive but is still a favorite area for expatriates, especially among diplomats, or embassies of friendly countries of Indonesia. and there is housing for the Indonesian minister.

Hopefully, this explanation can be useful for those of you who want to rent a house in south Jakarta. and don’t forget to contact our agent Putu Rahmawati from kemanghouseforrent.

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