What is the situation regarding renting property in Australia? I will be there for about six months on a WHV, and my basic plan is to spend about two months each in three places. But I heard that the minimum length of private rent for is three months. Is that true? If so, what are the alternatives bearing in mind my plan?
Its not that difficult to find an apartment with other travellers - for the short or the long term. Its true about the length of lease, but you don't really need to worry as there are hundreds of fully furnished apartments offered on short term leases by companies and individuals. Be wary though; check the places out carefully. And do not hand over any bond (security) money unless you see a form from the rental bond office of the department of fair trading. This is a a government organisation that holds bonds so that people don't get ripped off. And always do an inspection report so you don't get blamed for carpet stains that were already there.
A couple of companies that rent furnished apartments in Sydney: www.hbase.com.au and www.furnishedproperty.com.au. These guys are pretty good.
We've found it quite hard finding short term accommodation. Alot of places will ask for a minimum of 6 months for a lease. If you're planning on going to Perth, then let me know. We stayed in a really nice house, in Subiaco (a lovely suburb) for really good value, and we could stay as long as we liked, there was no lease, and the guy we rented from was really reasonable. It's the best place we've found in our 10 months of travelling!
Avoid Brisbane Backpacker Appartments though, they're awful!!
Hope that helps, and get in touch if you want to know more about the place in Perth
Short-term furnished apartments tend to be more expensive
You can always go down to Bondi and look on posting boards where other travellers are looking for someone to share with
These people do weekly houses http://holidaydeals.net.au/