Landlord Rights and Responsibilities
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Property investment remains one of the best ways to create wealth but success depends on much more than just property selection and location. You see… property investment also involves people – namely landlords (that’s you) and tenants. Throughout the residential tenancy, you as the landlord have various responsibilities which must be upheld.  Across the country, there is state-specific…

National Rental Market Update | October 2018
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Which Aussie capital saw the most significant rises and falls in median rents month-on-month? Rent.com.au has released its latest report for October 2018 based on property leasing data. The report illustrates the shift in Australian median rental property prices (both metro and regional) rental affordability and days on market. Monthly Highlights:  3 of the biggest…

5 signs of a bad property manager
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It’s a universally acknowledged truth that you can’t have successful property investment without tenants paying you rent regularly.   But too many investors don’t put enough thought into who is the best person to professionally manage their properties – and many even try to do it themselves. Successful property investors, however, understand that they need…

Minimising The Impact Of Short-Term Rentals
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The growing popularity of short-term holiday rentals has taken many Australian local councils off guard, according to Reuben Schwarz, co-founder of BnbGuard, a service which monitors unauthorised subletting on investment properties. “What was once a few homes every now and then is now every-other-home every-other-night in many Australian coastal shires, as both professionals and local residents…

Melbourne way ahead of Sydney as ‘Airbnb hub’
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Have you ever stayed in an Airbnb? Well…you are not alone. Australians are increasingly choosing to stay in rented houses or rented serviced apartments when they travel. Some 10.4% of travellers stayed in this type of accommodation on their last trip according to Roy Morgan research conducted in the year to March 2018. This is…

6 Things that can turn a landlord-tenant relationship sour
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Tenants and landlords need each other, but that doesn’t mean the relationship is always cordial. Sometimes this partnership is divided by the proverbial wedge due to unavoidable circumstances, but it can also be the actions and attitudes of the people involved that create disharmony. What are some of the ‘lemons’ that can turn a tenant-landlord…

Vacant property tax expected to raise $80 million
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Foreign owners of Victorian property  will be slugged with an annual fee if their property is left vacant for six months or more in a calendar year.  The Victorian Government’s  vacant residential property tax (VRPT) which will commence on January 1st 2018 will apply annually at a rate of 1 per cent of the property’s capital improved value,…

5 Things your property manager should handle for you
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So, you’ve finally secured the purchase of your first investment property, and decided to engage the services of a property manager to keep on top of it for you. Or perhaps you’ve built a solid little portfolio of a few properties that you’re finding it hard to juggle, so you need a property manager to…

Have you got what it takes to be a property manager?
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API goes behind the scenes and takes you through a day in the life of one of the hardest jobs in the property industry. Jayne Nancarrow is a psychologist, a plumber, an electrician and an accountant. She’s a friend, a carpenter, a receptionist, a police officer and a peacemaker. Oh, and she also happens to…

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