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Could Victoria’s new tenancy laws affect you?

By Jasmine Cottan, Lendi.com.au

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Worried if you'll be affected by Victoria's new pet and tenancy laws? Learn how you can best protect your property and investment rights.

The Victorian government recently proposed new laws allowing Victorian renters the right to keep their pets. The controversial reform has caused a stir within the property market, leaving investors and landlords stuck in a rut.

As a property investor, you may be wondering how this new rental ruling might affect your landlord rights in the future. Here is a simplified rundown of the new legislation, the important points you should be aware of, and possible ways to protect your investment from property damage and your landlord rights. After all, you count as much as your renter.

So, what are Victoria’s new tenancy laws?

Since reviewing last year’s ‘Residential Tenancies Act’, The Andrews Labor Government ruled Victorian renters would be given the right to keep their pets in their rental properties.

Other reforms include:

  • Landlords are expected to provide a ‘valid’ refusal/pet ban - this may feel like a role reversal of the current laws. Landlords are now required to establish a reasonable case for disallowing pets.
  • A public blacklist listing real estate agents and landlords who breached rental laws will be published.
  • Real estate agents are prohibited from soliciting higher bids for rent, however prospective renters may still offer more.
  • Rental increases will be limited to once a year.
  • Increased protection rights for renters to make minor renovations to the property, i.e., adding permanent lighting fixtures or hanging picture frames.
  • Bonds can only be a maximum of one month’s rent.
  • A quicker release of bonds at the end of the rental period.
  • If renters are responsible for paying for urgent repairs they must be reimbursed within one week.
  • Renters with pets will be allowed to stay in rental properties for longer lease periods.
  • Pet bonds will be prohibited (the majority of the states including NSW and Victoria consider pet bonds illegal).

Are these new rules unfair to landlords?

If you’re a landlord, you may feel as if your rights and responsibilities have been severely limited and that the new legislation is unfair. Please do keep in mind that the new tenancy laws should not deter you from keeping good relations with your renters. These laws were added in hopes to balance the protection rights between landlords and renters, not to limit them. The new laws still require renters with pets to obtain permission from the landlord.

How can you make sure your home won’t be ruined by pets?

It may seem simple, but if you’re thinking of renting your property to people who own a pet, it might be wise to modify the home before you formally sign the contract and hand over the keys. There are few small changes you can make to ensure your home cannot be easily damaged by an animal living there.

If your potential renters own a dog, you may want to replace that lush cream carpet with a non-slippery wood, tiles or stone flooring as they’re more durable and easier to clean. Or, install blinds instead of curtains if there is a cat on the property. To fund this renovation, you could look into getting cash out of your home loan since you could save thousands of dollars from pet damage and lower maintenance costs later on down the line.

Make a pet policy agreement

Before you rent out your property, evaluate the kind of pet you wouldn’t mind living in your property and come to an agreement with the tenants. Include guidelines that maintain the state of the property, such as keeping the property clean of fur, pet waste and free of odour.  Not only is it a great risk management strategy for you as the landlord, it also establishes an open and honest relationship with the tenants. By giving your renters a formal set of guidelines, you’re trusting them to keep up their end of the pet policy agreement.

Make regular property inspections

Ensure your property is regularly inspected so you can ensure your tenants are respecting the property and keeping to the rental agreement. Your property manager should smell for any unusual odours and look for fur, dirt or urine stains on any of the furniture and fixed appliances.

Review your landlord insurance

It’s not essential but it will give you peace of mind as not all standard landlord insurance policies cover property damage from pets or wild animals. Before you start renting out the property, phone your insurer and see if your insurance covers pet property damage and protects your rental income.

Maintain a good relationship with your tenants

Whatever you do, encourage your property manager to communicate frequently with your tenants. Openness and honesty is key in encouraging renters to uphold the agreed pet policy and rental agreement. Furthermore, if any issues should arise regarding pets, it won’t be as awkward for the tenants to address them. Therefore, rental problems can be dealt with before they get out of control.

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Property investors are now able to identify and bid on auctions remotely using a new live-streaming functionality launched by Gavl.

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Called “Request an Auction”, the new functionality enables users to watch and bid on any Sydney or Melbourne auction remotely.

Through Gavl, prospective buyers are now able to register to bid on their preferred auction. The platform will obtain permission from the listing agent and confirm within 48 hours.

Vendors can also request to have their auctions broadcast to a larger buyer audience.

Co-founder Joel Smith said that auctions streamed on Gavl attract 47 per cent more viewers than traditional ones.

He said that Request an Auction will be valuable for remote buyers.

“Buyers are able to have Gavl attend any auction they nominate, so they will never have to miss out on an opportunity due to logistical complications in physically attending the auction.

“Vendors, too, have the opportunity to directly book an auction with us, so they can open up their event to buyers all around the world. With more potential buyers, they’re giving their property the chance to receive more bids and maximise their sales result.”

Mr Smith said that prior to the Request an Auction app, buyers were limited to what they could achieve through the Gavl technology.

Gavl is a live-streaming and bidding platform for real estate auctions.

Mr Smith said that it has streamed more than 6,000 auctions, which have achieved 3.5 million views from 50 countries.

Gavl’s Request an Auction function is currently being offered in Melbourne and Sydney only.

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Having recently purchased her 6th property, Julia joins host Tim Neary to discuss her journey, share her ups and downs over the years, and reveal her thoughts on why some properties are better than others.

Julia also explains why she no longer makes a move without the help of a buyer’s agent, why working with a strong team of specialists is extremely important and discloses her long-term property ambitions.

If you like this episode, show your support by rating us or leaving a review on iTunes (The Smart Property Investment Show) and by following Smart Property Investment on social media: FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

If you have any questions about what you heard today, any topics of interest you have in mind, or if you’d like to lend your voice to the show, email [email protected] for more insights!

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The practice of property investment firms sharing undisclosed kickbacks among the supply chain involved in development sales will be outlawed in NSW on 1 July this year under the Real Estate Reform being handed down by regulators in NSW.

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Property commentator and valuer, Suburbanite’s Anna Porter, said the reform will address conflicts of interest.

She said they arise when a mortgage broker, accountant or financial planner receives part of the commission from the property firm, who receive their fees from the developer or seller.

“This puts the broker into a position by which they are being paid on both sides of the fence,” she said.

“Until now this has been a grey area and there was nothing stopping this practice.” 

Ms Porter said this has been a common practice in the industry.

"Some well-known mortgage broking firms openly admit to receiving $5,000–$10,000 per referral in their pocket.”

She also said this process has been going on for decades.

"Property investment firms commonly pass some of their commission on to the mortgage broker, accountant or financial planner as a reward to them for passing on the referral. This means that many brokers or financial service providers are making significant amounts of money just to refer on to a property firm, often totalling hundreds of thousands of dollars a year," Anna Porter said.

Ms Porter said the Property, Stock and Business Agents Amendment (Property Industry Reform) Bill 2017 will be in force from July this year, and will prohibit this practice unless the broker or referring partner also holds a real estate industry license.

"Under the new laws, if the broker takes a referral fee from the property firm, they will have to be a licensed real estate agent and also hold a corporation’s license,” she said. 

“Subsequently, every transaction that they receive a referral fee from, they will be putting their license up against the transaction and taking full liability for the conduct, practices and outcome of that transaction, even if they have little to do with the transaction; they are a party to it financially and therefore take as much risk as everyone else in the transaction.”

Mr Porter said where a referrer holds a real estate license, and receives a part of the sale commission, they may find themselves in breach of the ethical requirements under the act.

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