When to contact your property manager

A Property Investment Manager forms a vital link between you and your landlord and can be a great source of information throughout your tenancy.

For new and even existing tenants, there can sometimes be confusion surrounding the correct action to take if something at the property requires attention. As a general rule, you should always call on your Property Investment Manager whenever an issue arises as they will be able to assist you with the right course of action to take.

The following are some of the most common situations in which a Property Investment Manager should be called in on:

To alter or add to the premises

Surprising your landlord with a new coat of paint in a bedroom may seem well-intentioned. However, you should never change the appearance of a property without the permission of the owner. Even adding hooks for picture frames need permission. Unapproved changes could very well impact the future plans the landlord has for their investment. While you should always feel at home in your rental, make sure you gain permission for any changes from your property manager before undertaking any alterations or additions.

Maintenance / repairs

If you would like to request maintenance or repairs to certain areas of the property, notify your property manager who will assess the situation. Your property manager is connected with many qualified tradespeople in the area and can source maintenance or repair activities promptly.

Rent issues

You have a commitment to meet your rental payments on time. If you have trouble meeting your rental repayments, you should discuss your situation with your property manager. If you experience a rent increase, you can also discuss this with your property manager.

End the lease

When you sign a lease, you secure that property – subject to meeting your tenant requirements outlined in the lease agreement – for the life of the lease period. But life can take us to new places and new situations, so there may be instances where you seek to end a lease to embark on the next chapter of life. But just as a rental agreement secures the property for you, it’s also a security for your landlord. If you have decided that you would like to end your lease, you must consult your property manager who can advise you on your obligations. The best course of action is to notify your property manager as soon as possible of your intentions.

The benefits of allowing pets in your rental property

Pets or No Pets – A Landlords Guide

If you own a rental property, one of your key objectives is undoubtedly to find and retain good tenants. With a growing supply of houses and apartments across Australia’s capital cities, the rental landscape can be extremely competitive. No longer is it enough to attract good tenants, it is equally important that landlords and agents are doing everything they can to retain good tenants after the lease is signed. Keeping hold of renters who pay their rent on time, look after your property and require limited management from you or your agent are worth keeping hold of. But how do you do this?

Have you considered allowing pets in your rental property? Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world with about 63% of Australian households owning pets according to the RSPCA and many of these pet owners are renters. The majority of landlords are reluctant to allow pets, therefore if you are prepared to, you will likely gain a competitive advantage.

Pet friendly rentals are highly coveted and will attract many more tenants into your tenant pool. A larger tenant pool means faster letting and lower vacancies, plus due to the rarity of pet friendly properties, research indicates that tenants are willing to pay between 7-14% more if they can bring their pets. Pet friendly properties are hard to find and in many cases pet owners will sign longer leases which will ensure you have reliable long term rental income, stable tenants, reduced vacancy rates and reduced advertising costs for re-letting your property.

What type of pets should you allow?

Determine what type of pet is appropriate for every rental property you own. If you only have a small courtyard, then a cat might have to be the limit. If there is a large garden but no fence, a dog might be an issue. As a landlord you retain complete control over what animals are allowed to live at your property.

Consider the amount of carpet in the property – tiles and wooden floors are obviously better for animals as they don’t retain odour, but they may be scratched by claws. If the property comes furnished check whether pet loved furniture such as couches can be easily damaged.

It is important also to think of neighbours living in close quarters and whether the introduction of an animal may disturb their peace and quiet.

Ensure tenants sign a pet policy

It’s a good idea to document a pet agreement for both you and your tenant to sign.

This agreement may request that all pets are to be individually sighted and approved by the landlord / or property manager prior to entering the property and include details such as the type and number of pets allowed.

It is worth including specific guidelines you would like your tenants to follow. For example, you may request that the pet is not allowed inside the premises, that it cannot enter certain areas of the home, such as carpeted bedrooms and for the tenant to ensure the property is free from animal smells, pet waste and pet hairs.

If your property is part of a strata or community title it is essential you check the corporation’s by-laws in regards to whether pets are allowed before you agree to let them in. Many corporations prohibit pets or have very specific requirements about the type of pet which may be considered.

Thoroughly check references

Your Property Manager will always do a thorough check of potential tenants’ references during the screening process, but it is essential that they specifically ask previous landlords or property managers whether there were any issues with the applicant’s pets in the past and whether there was damage to the property as a result of the pets.

Get an insurance policy that covers pet damage

Of course pets can cause damage and as the landlord you will surely be concerned about this. We buy houses Sacramento. Most landlord insurance policies don’t cover pet damage so make sure you do your research and find a policy that covers damage caused by pets. Some insurers require pets to be named and described on lease agreements in order to cover pet damage – so make sure you check this out.