What do I need to secure a rented apartment in Perth?

I was wondering what I need specifically to secure a property in Perth? Any hints/advice for a first time renter would be greatly appreciated.
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Summertime Apr 19, 2016
To my knowledge, a big barrier to securing a rental property in Perth is the option fees agents ask you to pay along with each application. I have been asked this is a significant amount of money like 1 weeks worth of rent. I have read this has since changed and is now capped. If someone can confirm either way that would be much appreciated. It would be useful to know what people have experienced in regards to option fees. I have not had to make any such payment in any other city I have lived.
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Klt Apr 19, 2016
Documentation is needed when submitting your application using the 1 form website. If you are doing a paper application you will still need 100 points of ID.

Identification and supporting documents
You will need 100 points of identification and at least one requires a photo. There were some real estate agents that wanted an item from each category as well not just 100 points however this is not the case with most agents.
Examples of these are:

50 points (Photo ID)
- Drivers license
- Passport
- Proof of age

30 points (Secondary ID)
- Birth certificate
- Student card
- Medicare card
- Health care card
- Vehicle registration

30 points (Rental History/Proof of Address)
- Rental Receipts
- Signed lease
- Utility bill
- Bank statement
- Rental reference

20 points (Employment/Proof of Income)
- Payslips
- Letter of employment
- Employment reference

Other information you will be asked
- References: one personal and one professional. Neither can be relatives or partners.
- Current and previous address, timeframes and monthly rent
- Current and previous landlord details
- Current and previous employment, address, manager, timeframes and salary details
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Equality Apr 19, 2016
As a tenant you are responsible for the following:
- Maintain the property to be clean and tidy
- Basic household maintenance: replace smoke alarm batteries and light globes
- General garden maintenance: mowing, weeding and pruning
- Pool/spa maintenance if applicable
- Putting garbage bins out on collection day and removing waste
- Payment of utilities consumed
- Replacing lost keys
- Staining of carpets or breakages of household fixtures
- Prevent rodents by correct storage of food
- Damage to your own property
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