Articles by Leanne Jopson

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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:

Do pets mean more rental income?

Can you guess how many pets there are in Australia? Well, there are actually more pets than people! According to the RSPCA, there are more 25 million pets in our country. But here’s the thing: it’s estimated that more than half of rental properties have a no pets policy. So what do these statistics mean?…

4 Common Mistakes Made When Selecting a Property Manager

Buying your first property heralds the beginning of your investment journey, but it does not end with signing that contract and getting that property title. That home or apartment is not going to make money by itself, so for savvy investors, the natural next step is to rent it out and make a killing off…

Busting some myths about meth contaminated properties

As a landlord, it’s important to know your responsibilities around methamphetamine contamination – both for your tenants’ safety, and to ensure that you’re adequately covered.  So what is methamphetamine? Methamphetamine, commonly known as ‘P’ or crystal meth, is a toxic and addictive drug. Side effects of its use can include mood swings, paranoia, aggression, anxiety…

Melbourne Rental Market Update August 2018

The REIV recently gave their take on the Melbourne rental property market Victoria’s vacancy rate stands at 1.8 per cent in July 2018. The weekly median rent for houses in metropolitan Melbourne remained at $450 in July. In regional Victoria, the weekly median rent for houses remained at $330 per week.     The weekly median rent for units…

How to be a good landlord

You can’t have successful property investment without tenants but too many landlords pay scant regard to their tenants – to their financial detriment.  I’m sure you’re aware, one of the keys to property investment success is cash flow and that generally comes from your tenants paying rent for your property over the long-term. Many novice…

4 property management mistakes to avoid

Property management can have its ups and downs because fundamentally it’s about managing humans, who we all know can be unpredictable! Professional property managers, though, have best practice policies and procedures to ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible.  Private landlords, and bad property managers, on the other hand often make mistakes that can…

80% of property investors and tenants are underinsured

No one like to think about insurance do they? Well…at least not till they need it and then they hope they are adequately covered. The problem is an alarming 80 per cent of property owners and tenants are underinsured according to  EBM |Rentcover.  Now this doesn’t mean they are not insured. Data from the Insurance…

6 ways to be an awesome landlord

Awesome landlords attract awesome tenants. It’s a simple matter of A + B = C… and while this equation applies in virtually all areas of life, it is remarkably relevant when it comes to managing your investment properties at an optimal level. A brilliant landlord is able to keep hold of tenants for longer periods…