You are entitled to a full refund of your bond at the end of your lease, if you return the property in a reasonable condition, and there are no outstanding payments (eg. rent, repairs, cleaning). Your usage of utilities (electricity, water and gas) can be calculated by your landlord by reading the meters on your last day.
Before the exit inspection, you need to empty the property of your possessions, clean it thoroughly and leave it in the condition you found it. Otherwise, you may lose part or all of your bond for cleaning fees and repairs. You should not pay for normal wear of things in the property. This is covered by your rent.
Professional cleaning is not compulsory (eg. carpets, windows), even if it is a condition of your lease. However, depending on the condition of the property, some professional cleaning may be advisable, eg. if you smoke or have pets indoors, etc.
Avoid doing your exit inspection on the same day that you are leaving Adelaide. Although you don't need to be in Adelaide to claim your bond refund, any dispute will be difficult to deal with if you are overseas.
Remember to keep your Australian bank account open until you receive your refund. There is no need to close your Australian bank account before leaving Australia. Bond refund payments can easily be made to your Australian bank account by completing the bank details on the Bond Refund Form. Payments to overseas bank accounts will take longer and may incur a bank fee.
Bond refund claims
Once you and your landlord have completed the exit inspection, and agreed on the amount of bond money to be refunded, both of you can sign the Bond Refund Form. Alternatively, you may claim your bond refund independently. Do this as soon as possible after vacating the property.
If your landlord does not agree to return your full bond without good reason, contact the Tenancies Branch for free advice and assistance.
If you do not agree with the amount to be refunded, do not sign the Bond Refund Form. Remember, that you may claim your bond refund independently. Never sign a blank document.
Remember to advise the Tenancies Branch of your new address, as soon as you move, so they can contact you.
If you are a co-tenant leaving a share-house before the end of the lease, make sure that you get your share of the bond before signing the Change of Tenant Form.