Top tips for landlords

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Top tips for landlords

by Sharon Fox-Slater 03 December 2019 1 minute read

Property can be a great investment – “safe as houses” some would say. We Aussies have had a love affair with bricks and mortar for generations. For many, investing in property, other than their family home, is an integral part of their wealth creation strategy.

Sharon Fox-Slater
December 03, 2019

But there’s a lot to consider before becoming a landlord – from choosing the right property and finance, to knowing your tax obligations and legal responsibilities.

It is critical you have access to the best advice to ensure your investment works hard for you.

At EBM RentCover, we offer more than landlord insurance, we offer excellent service and support to help you navigate the complex world of property investing.

Here are our five top tips to help you survive and thrive as a landlord.


1. Know your rights and obligations

Residential tenancy laws vary in each state so, before leasing your property, make sure you’re a full bottle on the rules that apply to:

  • legally-binding tenancy agreements
  • choosing a tenant
  • the bond
  • the rent
  • utility costs
  • landlord responsibilities
  • tenant responsibilities
  • inspection rights
  • repairs and maintenance
  • managing missed rent and arrears
  • issuing notices and eviction procedures

Being a ‘bit fuzzy’ on your rights and obligations means you could fall foul of tenancy and other legislation – and breach the terms of your insurance cover too.

2. Hire a property manager

If you choose to manage your own investment property, and things slip through the cracks, you could find yourself in (legal) hot water. Putting the management of your rental into the hands of an experienced professional can save you time, hassle and money in the long run.

3. Use your head

Investing in property is a business decision, so make choices with your head, not your heart.

Know the demographics and profiles of renters in your area and, particularly when it comes to things like design and décor, make decisions that are practical and appealing to them.

4. Protect the property

Safeguard your property and finances with the right landlord insurance. No matter how savvy you’ve been, things can happen – accidents, misfortune, misunderstandings, the wrath of Mother Nature.

We’ve all heard horror stories about tenants leaving properties trashed or absconding without paying the rent, leaving the poor landlord to foot the bill. Not all landlord insurance policies are created equal; when looking for a policy make sure you’re covered for loss of rent as well as both accidental and malicious damage.

5. Protect yourself

When choosing a landlord insurance provider, check you are adequately covered for legal liability – it could save you a lot of financial heartache. If a tenant, guest or visitor to your property is hurt, or their property is lost or damaged, they could make a claim against you for compensation so it’s important to have liability cover.

By Sharon-Fox Slater, managing director, EBM RentCover

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Sharon Fox-Slater

Sharon Fox-Slater

Sharon Fox-Slater is the Managing Director of EBM RentCover, which protects more than 150,000 rental properties across Australia. She commenced a role with EBM back in 1993 and was part of the core team that helped launch one of Australia’s first landlord insurance policies into the market. She was also the first woman in Australia to complete the Advanced Diploma in Insurance Broking, and is well equipped to educate property investors and property professionals about the value of aligning with a specialist landlord insurance... Read more

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