Reader Question

“How much extra should you be expected to pay for a property with air-conditioning included? If there is no air-conditioning, can I ask the property manager if the owner will consider it?”

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“If the property doesn’t have an air-con and you would like one to be installed, it’s classified as a property improvement,” Sarah said.

“You can certainly ask the landlord to install one however, they may ask for some additional rent (anywhere between $5-$20/week, depending on the landlord).”

In some instances, the landlord may ask that you sign on for a further fixed term lease agreement.

“You can always tell the Property Manager to make sure they tell the landlord it will add value to their property!” she said.

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Sarah Martin
Managing Director - Property Management at Areal Property Group | 03 8686 8388 | [email protected]

Sarah Martin is the Managing Director - Property Management for Areal Property Group in Box Hill, Victoria. She leads a team of 23 through Areal's property management, leasing and maintenance departments across two locations. Sarah moved into the role in mid-2021, after more than nine years working with Melbourne Property Managers in Hawthorn East as the Head of Property Management - New Business. She holds a real estate agent's licence from the Real Estate Institute of Victoria.