Reader Question: 

“As a property owner, how often and by how much can you increase your rental property rent, per annum?”

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We asked Director at RentChoice, Caroline Nurse for an answer to this query:

“Rent increases cannot be done during a fixed term tenancy unless a rent review clause exists within the lease agreement,” Caroline said.

“Rent reviews, whether they be increases or decreases, can only occur at the end of a fixed lease if there is no rent review clause.”

Caroline said rent changes are usually made in line with market conditions, based on the current rent received for a comparable property.

“In a tight rental market, owners will often increase rents in line with the market activity and in a softer rental market, tenants will request a rent reduction,” she said.

“It’s always important to consider the bigger picture when conducting a rent review. If you have a good tenant who cares for your property and is reliable with their rent payments, you may decide to negotiate a lesser increase to ensure you keep your loyal tenant.”

“Vacancy periods, no matter how short will often outweigh the benefits of a small increase in rent.”

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Caroline Nurse

Caroline started Rent Choice to address the issues that affected her most as a property investor. The company specialises in property management and focuses on building strong relationships with tenants.