We find, inspect and secure rental properties.
Imagine simply applying for a rental home without having to travel interstate or overseas to inspect it first. That’s what we offer you.
We make your stress go away. We take care of all the things you dreaded about having to find a rental home in Melbourne or Sydney:
You tell us what you’re looking for.
We only suggest available homes that fit your requirements and are in the right area.
We inspect your favourite options on your behalf and give you a report that leaves out nothing, good or bad, together with a video of our walkthrough.
You choose your new rental home based on information you can trust.
We ensure your application ticks all the boxes for agents and owners.
You can stay home throughout the entire process and focus on getting ready for your move.
And all this for an affordable fee that may be cheaper than the equivalent of one interstate trip.
We know what it's like.
As property managers, we’ve watched how stressed our clients were when they couldn't make it to inspections and lost out on yet another property.
We’ve seen the disappointment of not getting approved for a dream home.
We’ve seen the stress of having to meet a relocation deadline and being unable to get to inspections.
We’ve seen the frustration of prospective tenants walking away from properties that looked great online but were very different in reality.
We've been there.
We understand what you’re going through.
We’ve wasted time and money flying interstate to look at poorly advertised properties that sounded perfect online but didn’t meet our needs when we inspected them.
We’ve applied for rental properties without getting a response.
We’ve spent hours attending inspections, only to find out afterwards that the properties had been leased already.
We knew there had to be a better way.
One that takes away the stress, the expense and the waste of time.
One that makes the process smooth and affordable.
That’s why Codie founded Ausrental.
Meet Codie Smith
Director, Ausrental Melbourne
I grew up in Melbourne and have lived here for most of my life. Six years in the fast-paced environment of the army taught me the importance of good communication and flexibility.
I also had to relocate interstate, three times.
Back in Melbourne, I moved into a rental in St Kilda and started my career in real estate at a fantastic local agency. I knew I’d found the perfect industry for me.
In my job as property manager, I saw so many good applications from people who lived interstate and overseas. None of them were approved because they had no one who could inspect a rental property on their behalf – inspections are a must here. Even time-poor locals stumble at this hurdle.
What those unsuccessful applicants needed was a rental advocate with local knowledge and connections who could make the process stress-free.
Someone who offered an alternative to wasting time and money on inspections that led nowhere.
I saw a gap in the market and the idea of Ausrental was born.
Why I started Ausrental
When you have a new business idea, you often get hit with a wave of negativity. People who told me that there was no room for such a service in the industry, that I lacked experience. But there were also plenty of people who told me they believed in me. And that kept me going.
So how would I find clients who needed my help? Ideally through referrals from real estate agents. They’d know who was struggling to make it to inspections or who needed advice on which suburbs would suit their requirements.
In return, I could offer the agents a reliable solution for referring prospective tenants. Ausrental would become a valuable resource for agents to find 5-star applicants interested in leasing the properties they manage.
Ausrental would be the missing link between prospective tenants and agents.
My reasoning was right. Several agents liked that they could now provide such a valuable extension of their service to clients they couldn’t help before.
One of those agents was Seddon Johnston. He quickly became a friend. And when Seddon told me of his planned move to Sydney, I realised that I might be able to expand Ausrental sooner than expected.
When I’m not looking at properties, I play AFL in a local league in Melbourne, go to music gigs and spend time on a golf course.
"Ausrental made my move from Brisbane to Melbourne a breeze. Codie really took the time to listen to what I needed in a home and actually delivered properties that matched these needs. Couldn't be happier with my new home."
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Meet Seddon Johnston
Director, Ausrental Sydney
Kiwi born and bred, Seddon relocated to Sydney in 2010. “It was the biggest move I ever made”, he remembers.
“We found this 3-bedroom apartment in Rose Bay. The place was a dump. We had no rental history, the agent wanted copies of our Medicare cards, employment contracts, bank statements, drivers licences, local credit cards - you name it. It took ages to organise all this. We were so relieved we'd secured something at last. Once everything was finalised, the agent said we’d better not let her down! That comment stayed with me forever.”
Seddon worked in automotive sales and got to know Sydney. He also met John, and when John’s work moved to Melbourne, so did they. On a day trip to Melbourne they inspected three rentals. "One had just been leased, and we missed out on the second one due to moving dates", Seddon recalls. "We could barely squeeze in the open house for the third before our flight home. We were so glad we did because we liked it and we got it."
Tired of sharing a home, they decided to look for their own place a few months later, Seddon and John really struggled. “We couldn’t get to opens, we were knocked back because we only wanted a short term lease”, explains Seddon. “We were lucky to find something after a month.” The apartment had been online the whole time they were looking. It was too small but they managed to renegotiate the rent and the lease term.
Seddon discovered his passion for real estate when they purchased an investment property in Richmond. He got his agent’s representative certificate and found a job. Seddon soon realised that he loved property management. Initially handling his own portfolio, he then worked with investors to list, lease and manage their properties.
Why Seddon joined Ausrental
At an open on a dreary Friday afternoon, Seddon met Codie who told him about Ausrental. “I was intrigued and started referring clients who needed help finding a rental property”, Seddon says.
When John was offered a new role in Sydney, they dreaded the stress, time and expense of looking for a rental property interstate again. If only they could use a company like Ausrental! Seddon shared his frustrations with Codie and, after intense discussions, they became business partners with Seddon heading up the new Sydney office of Ausrental.
Having moved internationally and interstate, Seddon knows the issues prospective tenants face.
“We were lucky to have family in Sydney, but imagine flying to a city you don’t know, with no one to help you. On top of flights, you’re up for accommodation, car hire or taxis, hoping you’ll get something while you’re there. If you don’t, you’re back to square one.”
As a property owner and as a former agent, Seddon understands every aspect of finding, inspecting and securing a rental property for his clients.
Seddon and John now live in Drummoyne with their two British Shorthairs Belle and Boris.
What we stand for
At such a stressful time, the last thing you need is a lack of communication. We respond promptly. We keep you informed and are available when you need us. We’re easy to work with and professional at all times.
We know our cities and the local real estate market. We have access to properties that haven’t even been listed yet. We know what information agents and owners need and we make sure you’re a suitable candidate.
We know you have a deadline and need to find a rental quickly in a competitive market. We work fast so you're in the best position to secure your perfect rental home in your preferred location.
When you tell us what you want, we listen. Long lists don't faze us. We take the time to understand your needs so we only recommend suitable properties for you. We explain how we work and make sure you understand every step of the process. We want you to feel safe and in control.
You need to be sure that you’re applying for the property that best suits your needs. That’s why our inspection reports are honest and detailed, leaving out nothing, good or bad. We include photos and a video of our walkthrough so you know you can trust what we tell you.
We want to make the process of securing your new rental apartment or house as smooth as possible for you. You tell us what you’re looking for. We do everything else. You can stay home and focus on all the other tasks of your relocation. It really is that easy.
"I was moving from Canberra for work on a tight time frame. Knowing nothing about Melbourne I was struggling with locations and to secure a rental. Codie secured me the first apartment I showed him, well under my budget and with everything I was hoping for! He took all the stress out of moving."
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