Under a standard Residential Tenancy Agreement, lawn and garden maintenance is the tenant’s responsibility. However, I would suggest that there are circumstances where you as the landlord should take on that responsibility. Let me clarify what is generally included under ‘lawn and garden maintenance’ in a standard Residential Tenancy Agreement: Mowing the lawn, edging and weeding. That’s it!
As a Landlord, you would agree with us that it is worth keeping things as simple as possible with the leasing of your investment property.There are situations however that commonly arise such as shared tenancies and requested changes to these that can make things not so straight forward.
March was eventful with the weather producing rainfall that was well above average with many suburbs experiencing record-high numbers of rain days here on the Central Coast.This coupled with above average warm temperatures producing severe thunderstorms and flash flooding meant homes across the Central Coast faced a battering for the start of Autumn!
With increased choice and competition, today’s consumer demands greater value for money and excellent customer service. And the rental market is no exception.Landlords expect their Property Manager to have the knowledge and time to offer them sound professional advice about their investment property and personalised service they can trust.
We had the discussion in the office here at ‘Home Specialist Property Management’ this week about the importance of cleaning a rental property regularly and our role as Property Manager in making sure this happens.While it is the responsibility of the Agency to maintain the property in good condition, it is the tenant that must keep the property clean and undamaged during their tenancy.
Property Managers work for the landlords – not the tenants. It is important for tenants to remember this particularly in the event of tenancy disputes.While Property Managers protect tenants by ensuring landlords are compliant with rental legislation they are employed by the landlord to represent them.
If a tenant receives an income from Centrelink, they may be able to use Centrelink’s Centrepay service to pay their rent. This is a free voluntary direct bill-paying service for tenants.From a tenant’s perspective, it takes away the hassle of having to arrange rental payments each fortnight.
When it comes to repairs in and around the home, there’s a big difference between repairs and maintenance for normal wear and tear around the home and a repair that is deemed an emergency. While it may seem annoying to provide access to your home to a tradesman, emergency repairs must be attended to quickly as they can cause worse damage to the property if left unattended and can even present a safety hazard to you and your family.
Too many landlords stay with their managing agents despite being unhappy with the service they deliver. They put switching property management agencies in the ‘too hard basket’ assuming it will be a time-consuming and complicated process. The truth is it’s actually very easy to switch.
As Property Managers here at ‘home’ we advise our landlords to secure Landlord Insurance to ensure they are protected from financial risk, however selecting a Landlord Insurance policy and provider that offers adequate cover is the landlord’s responsibility. Making an informed decision can be easier said than done.