How do interest rates affect me?

If you're looking to purchase an investment property, or simply saving for your first home, you'll be aware of the RBA's interest rate and...

New rental laws that will affect new homeowners in 2018

New homeowners are reminded that under recent changes, they cannot claim the cost of inspecting and maintaining rental properties as tax deductible. As part of...

The repairs cost more than my tenant’s bond: What now?

Reader Question “What happens if the cost of repairs to my investment property is higher than the bond the tenant has paid?” (Owner, WA) When repairs...

How are management fees deducted for my property?

Reader Question “Is there a standard way that management fees are deducted?” (Owner, WA) Understanding how management fees are deducted We asked Lisa Kerr, Principal at Ray White South Perth for her...

Managing your investment property over the holidays

The holidays period is a good opportunity to look over your investment property and measure what's working against what needs to change. Are your tenants...

Steps to take when your tenant gives notice to vacate

Time is always of the essence when it comes to a notice to vacate. As a self-managing landlord, it's important for you to be proactive...

How a dehumidifier can keep mould at bay in your property

Let’s face it, there is nothing attractive about mould. By Brian Kingsley - Bye Mould  Most tenants visit multiple properties before they choose the one they'd...

6 secrets a building pest inspection report can reveal

You know how our detective side surfaces every time we’re about to make a purchase? We get suspicious and try to analyse whatever we’re...

Should I rent my house out during the Christmas period?

Reader Question "Towards the end of the year, I'm considering turning my house over to an agent in SA. What are the chances of renting...

Tenant screening? Don’t miss these 5 red flags

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there are 4.62 million rented dwellings in Australia. Though most renters pay on time and will give...