How to Avoid Landlord Hassles

We have all heard “bad tenant” horror stories of unpaid rent, wanton property damage, civil disturbance and a legal system that appears to favour tenants, however badly they behave. The due process needed to legally evict such tenants takes so long that by the time they have left, many rental properties are unliveable and their owners are thousands of dollars out of pocket.

Rogue Landlords Just as Much a Problem as Irresponsible Tenants

Not as well publicised but still a problem for genuine tenants, who abide by the terms of their rental agreements, are rogue landlords. Not content to allow their tenants “quiet enjoyment” of their dwelling, the busy-body landlord is constantly interfering in their lives. Unscheduled inspections, illegal entry, banning visitors and refusing to carry out repairs are just some of the problems experienced with difficult landlords.

No Concept of Quiet Enjoyment

These types of landlords cannot distance themselves from their rental property even though they have good tenants. Obsessive behaviour traits include parking outside the property at all hours, driving past several times a week or dropping in unannounced on a pretext. They are unwilling or unable to leave their tenants in reasonable peace, comfort and privacy, which are key aspects of quiet enjoyment, a legal term referred to in the Residential Tenancies Act.

Making Life Difficult for Good Tenants

Equally difficult are the landlords who don’t provide receipts for rental payments, or break an agreed term of the tenancy agreement. The most common example of this is giving permission for the tenant to keep a cat or dog at the premises, and then subsequently objecting once the tenant has moved in. Another example is fencing off part of the yard so the tenant cannot use it, even though they are paying for the use of the whole property.

Self-Managing can be Trouble for Tenants

For anyone looking for a rental property, these stories must seem frightening. To be fair, we must point out that these things are more likely to happen to tenants renting from owners who are self-managing their properties. Many of these owners do not have the full understanding or knowledge of the tenancy laws, or they choose to ignore them.

Use a Property Management Agency and Avoid all the Hassles

The best way to find a good landlord and a rental property that meets your needs is to use a property management agency like ours. The staff members at Bunbury Real Estate are experienced at looking after the interests of both our property owners and prospective tenants. Our rental systems address all the legal requirements, so when you sign a tenancy agreement with us, you can be assured that your rights are protected.

Are You A Renter Or An Owner?

It’s a lifestyle choice, deciding whether to buy a home or become a renter. They both have their positive and negative aspects and today Bunbury Real Estate offer up some information that may help you decided which side of this line you fall.

Now this doesn’t mean that once you make that decision you can’t jump to the other side at some time in the future. Our circumstances and situation can change and we must be adaptable.

Are You An Owner?

It’s a fact that if you own a home you have made an investment in your future that will pay big dividends. Property increases in value year in and year out; that’s a fact that no one can deny.

Whether you are a single home owner or investor you can sit back and relax, knowing that your own little kingdom will support you and protect you and your family for many years to come. This needs to be weighed against the responsibilities of owning said property. This will include:-

  • Mortgage payments
  • Insurance payments
  • Rates payments
  • Maintenance of property and its grounds.

If you want to go even further, as a property owner you are entitled to do what you wish with the property.

You can add improvements such as a shed, patio, or deck, cubby house for the children, swimming pool and fencing. You can even go so far as to do extensions to the property to make your home life more comfortable. You can also put a nail in the wall to hang a picture.

Are You A Renter?

When you are a tenant you never actually own the asset but there are really only three responsibilities you need to take seriously. They are:-

  • Paying the rent on time
  • Keeping the property neat, clean and tidy
  • Paying contents Insurance for your own possessions.

You cannot add improvements, which means that you take what you rent and make do with this. The upside to this is you don’t invest any more of your time and money into the property apart from keeping it clean and mowing the lawn.

If you have any problems at all such as electrical, plumbing, leaking roof or guttering, you can relax knowing that this will be taken care of by your landlord.

When you rent you can move more easily from spot to spot, which may be advantageous if you are likely to transfer or even if you simply don’t like the area.