Property investment across the country is still generally sound, despite the difficult year just gone. As a society and an economy, however, we have learnt the hard way that we should always be prepared for the unexpected. We should always have a Plan B – just in case.
Short-term vs. Long-term Tenancies
Residential property investors have generally had a steady cash flow as the demand for rental accommodation has been strong. Indeed, they have not usually been forced to choose between short and long-term tenancies as both options have been available. However, the times are changing.
Flexibility a Key Benefit
There are some advantages to short-term tenancies for owners. Flexibility is a key benefit. The property can be used by friends and family for short periods between tenancies. Bad tenants can be moved on quickly. If a lucrative long-term opportunity comes along, the owner can move back to a long-term arrangement.
Higher Rental Returns; Less Wear and Tear
Short term rentals often attract higher rental returns, especially in competitive locations. There is less wear and tear as the properties are inspected, cleaned and repaired after the end of each tenancy. Also, the owners have the flexibility to sell the property at any time as they’re not locked into a long-term tenancy.
Our professional property managers at Bunbury Real Estate work hard to ensure that our property owners maximise their rental returns – both short- or long-term rentals. Every property is given the same care and attention. All tenant references are thoroughly checked.
Long-Term Rental Income Security in Uncertain Times
None of these benefits are as important as security for some investors, especially in these uncertain times. Many owners are relying on the rental returns to pay the mortgage on their investment properties. They prefer the stability of long-term lease agreements with a set date. This allows them to plan their cash flow as the rental income comes in at a constant rate. They also are not vulnerable to off-season variables that may see their properties vacant for weeks at a time.
Fewer Costs, Simpler Management Arrangements
In addition, owners have fewer costs as long-term tenants usually pay for utilities. Properties are not being advertised every few weeks or months. Owners are not refurbishing or paying clean-up costs as often as short-term rental owners. Long-term owners are also not interacting regularly with their property managers. For them, this arrangement makes managing their investment simple and stress free.