Top 10 tenant do’s and dont’s

Over the years a lot of myths about “landlords” and “horror tenants” have evolved, but as a general rule of thumb, “A happy tenant makes a happy landlord”.

To assist in achieving this we suggest the following:

  1. Don’t be afraid to have a look at your property once a year. Make sure this is with your property manager. Keep a professional distance from the tenant (their relationship is with your property manager, not you) to avoid becoming an involved third party.renters market
  2. Attend to repairs promptly. Apart from keeping the tenant happy, owners have an obligation to tend this. Maintaining your property on a regular basis can also in many instances avoid costly expenses down the track.
  3. Ensure spouting, trees and any dangerous items are removed from the property and/or cleaned up.
  4. Don’t leave personal belongings in the garage, a locked shed or room at the property once a tenancy has commenced.
  5. Avoid going to the property without your property manager.
  6. Should you have a pool or a spa, ensure fences and gates comply with local council regulations.
  7. Seek advice from your property manager to make sure the tenant’s rent is in accordance with the current market conditions.
  8. If you are going away, ensure your property manager is aware of an alternative contact person you trust to make decisions about the property.
  9. Have a professional builder, electrician and pest controller inspect your property as required to ensure there are no structural, electrical or pest issues.
  10. Ensure the property is clean and that the gardens are neat prior to the commencement of all tenancies.

Many of these tips may seem like common sense however sometimes it is the simple things that can be overlooked.

Want more of this type of information?

Damian Collins


Damian is managing director of Momentum Wealth, a Perth based property investment consultancy firm. A successful property investor in his own right, Damian formed Momentum Wealth to assist time poor investors in building their portfolios and applies his many years of experience to help clients accelerate their wealth creation. Visit

'Top 10 tenant do’s and dont’s' have 2 comments

  1. January 20, 2015 @ 9:00 am em

    Yes – very sound advice!
    Especially important to inspect if the property manager within the agency changes as they probably have a different perspective/emphasis to their management style. Take photos regularly so managers, and you, can actually see any changes over time…fair wear and tear becomes quite obvious over year of a long-term tenant.
    Also helpful to develop good relationships with reliable tradespeople who will also let you know if any of your properties are looking unusual or different to their last visit.
    Thanks Damian.


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