Currently, for a landlord to be able to pass on water usage charges to a tenant, the residential property must be separately metered, the charges must not exceed the amount payable by the landlord (according to the water supplier’s bill or other evidence), and the property must meet water efficiency measures.
A rental property is only considered water efficient prior to 23 March 2020 if it meets the following standards:
As detailed in our post "What Are The Changes To Residential Tenancy Laws In NSW Which Start on 23 March 2020?", there are significant changes to NSW residential tenancy laws which come into effect from 23 March 2020.
One such change is that tenants will have improved clarity around their ability to make alterations, additions or renovations during their tenancy.
After significant development, which we first wrote about back in November 2018, NSW Fair Trading has now announced changes to NSW residential tenancy laws which will commence from 23 March 2020.
The changes have been developed primarily to improve the experience of tenants when renting, and to ensure landlords can more effectively manage their properties. The updates aim to reduce disputes over repairs and maintenance and clarify the rights and responsibilities of both landlords and tenants.
Each of the changes are covered below, including new smoke alarm obligations, allowance for tenants to make changes of a minor nature, changes to break fees and more as sourced from information published on the NSW Fair Trading website. The changes are effective from 23 March 2020.
If you've considered moving out of your family home and converting it to a rental property, but with a view to returning at some point in future, you may be familiar with the six-year capital gains tax rule. This important rule offers a significant tax benefit to investors in this circumstance, but there are only certain circumstances under which it will apply.
Every week we are contacted to provide rental appraisals on investment properties. Over time we've come to realise there is a question many investors wonder but rarely ask - "Why did you estimate lower rent than the other agency?".
We realise of course that when we are contacted by an investor to provide a rental appraisal, we are usually one of many agencies contacted with the same request at the same time. Unfortunately, an agency's response to a rental appraisal is a very one-dimensional way of assessing the value the agency they will bring in managing the investment. This has been covered separately in the article The 3 Criteria Most People Use To Select A Property Manager (And Why They're Flawed).
An investment property is a wealth creation vehicle. An investor of course wants to return the greatest revenue they can reasonably achieve while the property is in their possession, through capital growth and increases in equity to strong rental return and ideally a positive cash flow.
In conversations with landlords, we often here that their previous agent handled the rent collection just fine, made maintenance arrangements as needed, and found new tenants when required. However, once a tenant was signed on to the property, things seemed to go into automatic pilot, set-and-forget. This at times included neglected to monitor and action a potential rent increase from time to time.
In this article we discuss our approach to completing rent reviews and actioning increases in rent.
Newcastle Property Manager Reviews: Tips When Reading Rental Management Reviews For Newcastle Real Estate Agents
The marketing of many Newcastle real estate agencies can make them all seem much the same. "We'll always call you back", "We look after your property as if it's our own", "Number 1 Agent in XXXX Suburb", etc.
How do you separate the marketing promises from the actual service experience you are likely to receive from the real estate agent? If you have a family member, friend, or colleague who has direct experience with an agency, this is a good way to get a read on the agency's performance.
However, more likely you will need to read a number of real estate agent reviews. Here are some tips to ensure you make the most of your research.
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We are a family-owned and run Charlestown real estate agent offering expert property management across Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.