Whether you’re renting a house for the first time or renting out your property to tenants, our renting guides for tenants and landlords provide information about choosing the right rental house, gaining landlord approval and protecting your investment as a landlord.

“I’m Afraid Your Tenant Has Died…”

By Sharon Fox-Slater on 20 Aug 2014 No Comments yet, your thoughts are very welcome

Death and taxes are among life’s certainties. While landlords are generally well-informed on the tax implications of their investments, few consider the potential impact of a tenant passing away. When the worst happens, it is important to act with compassion and sensitivity while also minimising the financial fall-out ...

What Makes An Effective ‘For Lease’ Listing, And Why Landlords Should Browse Them

By Sharon Fox-Slater on 25 Jul 2014 No Comments yet, your thoughts are very welcome

Like everyone else, tenants value their time – and personally inspecting rental properties is time-consuming. That means listings need to give them all the information they need to decide if the property is suitable before they hop in the car to take a look. And yet many listings fall short, to the disadvantage of the owners ...

How to Compete for Tenants When Vacancy Rates are High

By Sharon Fox-Slater on 27 Feb 2014 No Comments yet, your thoughts are very welcome

Fuelled by low interest rates, home lending to property investors is at a record high – leading to the prospect of increased competition between landlords hoping to attract tenants. If vacancy rates rise, prospective tenants can afford to be more choosey and landlords are forced to compete for their attention ...

Twelve Low Cost Security Ideas for your Investment Property

By Sharon Fox-Slater on 12 Dec 2013 No Comments yet, your thoughts are very welcome

Properties offering good security have extra appeal for both tenants and insurers – and improvements don’t need to cost a fortune. Consider the following twelve simple and inexpensive security measures when preparing your investment property, and reduce the risk of intruders and burglaries ...

Slumlords Sublet by the Room – But You Should Think Twice

By Sharon Fox-Slater on 21 Nov 2013 1 Comment

Given the potential profits, some property owners are tempted to rent their house by the room, but this strategy can be a legal and logistical minefield. The situation is particularly alarming if you find your tenant is a potential ‘slumlord’, secretly subletting individual rooms for profit. The ‘rooming house’ concept is becoming increasingly common ...

How to Avoid a Headache When Renting to Family

By Peter Sarmas on 17 Oct 2013 No Comments yet, your thoughts are very welcome

Many real estate investors will ask themselves the question "should I rent to family?" While it is great to be in a position where you can help out someone you care about, it is important to maintain professionalism – after all, this is your investment. Here are 5 tips to avoid headaches when renting out a house to family ...

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