Property is a top investment choice for many Australians, and so it makes sense that more of us are becoming landlords.
Being a good landlord takes a little more effort than just sitting back and collecting the rent and taking on the title comes with certain responsibilities, and we at Ray White Murray Bridge would love to help you manage these responsibilities.
Here’s our list of what you need to know about being a landlord:
It’s possible to go it alone as a landlord and manage your properties yourself. But employing an expert property manager from Ray White Murray Bridge as a middle man can save you a lot of headaches in the long run.
While it will cost a percentage of your rent, a specialist property manager can actually maximize your rental returns, simplify your responsibilities, organise all the paperwork, maintenance and inspections, find tenants and liaise with them and use their experience to minimize any potential problems.
The property managers at Ray White Murray Bridge are experienced and trained to manage your property.
All landlords should ensure they are familiar with their rights and responsibilities under Australian law.
The landlord tenant relationship is governed by the Residential Tenancy Act of each state and territory in Australia.
But common to all states and territories is the fact that landlords need to guarantee the safety of any rented property and its fixed appliances and contents, which extends to areas like maintenance and even health. Skimp on safety and you could find yourself in court.
Whether or not you decide to use a property manager, it’s best to ensure all tenant agreements are documented in writing as a lease agreement so all parties are on the same page.
And good, efficient communication is key to a successful tenancy. If you have expectations about how the property should be kept, communicate them to your tenants or your property manager in advance.
It’s advisable to collect a bond up front against any future damage or loss of rent from prospective tenants.
But a landlord cannot hold this bond themselves – it must be lodged with the appropriate state or territory residential tenancies bond authority who will hold the bond during throughout tenancy.
A bond can be held against any damage to the property, but cannot be held against “fair wear and tear”.
If your after more information on this one of our Property Managers will be able to help.
Attracting good tenants who treat your property as if it was their own is every landlord’s dream. There are two key things you can do:
And, once you have good tenants, do your best to keep them by ensuring the property is well maintained, being reasonable about any rent increases and making sure any queries are addressed promptly.
While a bond may cover small amounts of damage or loss of rent, landlord insurance covers other risks that can be associated with renting out a property and that don’t fall under a normal home and contents or strata title insurance policy.
Not all landlord insurance policies are the same so work out which one might suit your particular situation best.
Rental properties are an investment so most landlords want to maximise their rental earnings.
You should keep an eye on market rents, choose a desirable area in which to invest and make sure your property is well maintained. But you should also seek expert advice about what you might be able to claim through the ATO – for instance, you may be able to claim back expenses like council rates, water bills or capital improvements against tax.