4 ways to get your tenant to pay more rent

It’s no secret that the rental market in some parts of the country is sluggish. key house

But just because some areas are performing below average it doesn’t mean that investors can’t achieve rental growth.

The truth of the matter is that you can manufacture higher rents no matter what the market is doing.

Don’t believe me?

Well, let’s take a look at four of the strategies to get your tenant to pay more rent.

1. Renovation riches

There are a number of simple renovations that you can undertake to increase your property’s appeal to renters and owner-occupiers alike. 

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And by completing a few easy renos, you’d be surprised at how much better the property can look – as well as the extra rent you can charge for it, too.

Simple renovations to consider can include:

  • Repainting internal walls
  • New blinds or curtains
  • Improve storage options such as wardrobes
  • Install a dishwasher
  • New carpet
  • Install air-conditioning, especially in hotter climates like Queensland.

Any of these renovations can be completed quite affordably, while also improving your yield at the same time.

2. Allowing pets

Once upon a time, not that long ago, it was extremely difficult for tenants with pets to find a rental property.

That was because landlords were more worried about the potential damage from Spencer the dog or Trixie the cat, than they were about securing a long-term tenant. pet dog cat

Thankfully times are slowly changing.

You see, educated investors know that one of the keys to successful property investment is to invest in the types of dwellings that will be in constant demand.

And they also understand that long-term tenants are fundamental to enjoying a long-term property investment journey.

Tenants with pets are usually grateful for the opportunity to secure a home for the entire household and will often return the favour by paying more rent and staying for longer, too.

And, of course, fewer vacancy periods means more rent.

3. Security matters

Every rental property must have certain security features like door and window locks.

But providing extra things like sensor lighting and security screens can help increase the rent you can charge as well.

Tenants want to feel safe in their homes, so by providing additional security features – either proactively or reactively – your tenant will recognise that you care about their safety.

In return, they are likely to pay more for the property and may well call the property home for a longer period as well.

4. External features

Australia’s tropical climate means we live outdoors more than people in many other countries around the globe.

So, whether it’s a bona fide backyard, a courtyard or a balcony, it’s highly likely that your tenant will spend months soaking up the sun outside. garden-1596548_1920

That’s why it’s so surprising that many landlords often forget about the external spaces.

Overgrown gardens or courtyards festooned with weeds never attracted anyone except creepy-crawlies.

Instead, why not spend a little bit of money tidying up the garden or courtyard – and perhaps pay to have it maintained by a handyman during the tenancy, too.

That way, the tenants can enjoy the outdoors as much as the indoors.

Plus, they will likely pay more rent for the opportunity to regularly spend time in useable and attractive spaces.

Because no one wants to hang out in an unkempt outdoor mess and they certainly won’t pay for the privilege of doing so.

Rent reality

Let’s face it, some rental markets are experiencing softer conditions at present.  suburban houses

Thankfully this is confined geographically as well as being mostly limited to the oversupply of new units in some inner-city locations.

This excess supply will eventually be absorbed, but in the meantime, rental prices are likely to remain flat in many places.

But, owners of investment grade properties, can always improve their yields by investing in the right properties to start off with.

And by also recognising that the power to achieve more rent is in their hands…

If only they’re prepared to spend a little money to make money.

It seems a pretty simple formula to me.


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Leanne Jopson


Leanne is National Director of Property Management at Metropole and a Property Professional in every sense of the word. With 20 years' experience in real estate, Leanne brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to maximise returns and minimise stress for their clients. Visit: www.metropolepropertymanagement.com.au

'4 ways to get your tenant to pay more rent' have 2 comments

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    June 29, 2018 Andrew Butterworth

    All landlords should consider adding these 4 items to their properties> A dishwasher is not a luxury item for an Australian family and the house has to be renovated regularly ie a paint job or new carpet.


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    July 12, 2017 Dee

    Helpful tips! Thank-you. This formula does prove true, my rental appraisal before installing the extras mentioned left me feeling disillusioned. After some added extras and good advertising, I’m now fetching $90pw more. A bit of effort goes a long way


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