Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Five Financial Traps to Avoid as a Landlord

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Five Financial Traps to Avoid as a Landlord

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By Venessa Paech

IF you've successfully purchased an investment property and secured a tenant, you might think the hardest work is done when it comes to setting yourself up to reach your investment goals.

But like any investment, it's important you keep a close eye on your property and avoid all too common financial mistakes.

1. Setting the rent too low or too high

"Before purchasing an investment property, carry out extensive research to help determine an appropriate rental price," she explains.

"Setting the rent too high may result in limited interest from prospective tenants, leaving you out of pocket if the property remains empty for an extended period of time.

"However, setting the rent too low may place you under financial pressure, limit your rental income and has the potential to attract unsuitable tenants. Find listings with similar features to your property, as this will give you a guide on the rental market in that area.

"If you appoint a property manager, they should be able to provide you with information on comparable properties and advise an appropriate rent for your own investment."

2. Failing to monitor arrears

If a tenant falls behind in their rent, it can be a very long and costly process to resolve and could leave you considerably out of pocket.

"Diarise the dates that your tenant's rental payments are due and check your bank account on those days," says Carolyn.

"If your tenant doesn't pay on the due date, monitor your bank account on a daily basis. If they fall into arrears a breach notice should be sent for non-payment of rent.

"The number of days in rental arrears before a termination notice can be sent, and the time between presenting the notice and requesting vacation varies around Australia, so it is important to be familiar with your local tenancy laws.

"Regularly monitoring arrears and issuing tenants with appropriate notices promptly may help resolve issues sooner and mitigate any financial loss. …

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