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The dos and don’ts of tenant screening and conducting background checks

There are rules and regulations all landlords should be aware of when conducting tenant screenings and background checks, particularly around the type of information you can ask for and when. 

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How do I give notice to end a tenancy agreement?

If you’re new to being a landlord, ending a tenancy agreement may be foreign territory—with potential fines if you don’t follow the rules to the letter. Read on to learn the essential steps for ending both periodic and fixed-term tenancies.

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How do I evict tenants from my rental property?

Evicting a tenant is an extreme measure—one best avoided if at all possible. But if you’ve run out of options and all attempts to resolve and mediate have fallen through, here’s what you need to know before you proceed.

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How much time and effort goes into a rental property inspection?

Regular property inspections are an essential part of being a landlord. From ensuring your investment remains in reasonable condition to fulfilling the obligations of your landlord insurance, there are plenty of reasons why inspecting your rental property is a good idea. 

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Do I need landlord insurance to protect my rental property?

In short, yes. It’s not enough to rely on your body corporate insurance or your tenants’ home and contents insurance to cover you. Landlord insurance will not only protect your property from damage but also provide cover for other tenant-related situations, such as loss of rent. 

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Who is responsible for pest control in a rental property?

Ants, roaches, spiders, bees, mice and rats are just a few of the common pest problems homes can suffer from. As a landlord, addressing these issues in your rental property comes with an extra layer that owner-occupiers don’t need to consider.

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Selling a tenanted rental property: your responsibilities as a landlord

You’ve decided to sell your rental property. But have you checked what your responsibilities are to your tenants? Below we outline the steps that landlords must take to make the process smooth and pain-free for all parties.

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Lodge Rentals June 2019 Update

By David Kneebone: 2019-06-19

You asked, we answered: A look back at some of our most popular advice

Now that we’re halfway through the year, it seems like the perfect time to sit back and take stock of what’s been a busy year (or three) in the rental and real estate industries.

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How to maintain your investment property and protect its value

Maintaining your investment property is in your best interests both in terms of attracting and keeping good tenants, and retaining the value of the property over time. 

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ANZ offers interest-free insulation loans to landlords

By David Kneebone: 2018-04-20

The Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill now requires landlords to insulate their rental properties. While we endorse the move to ensure all tenants have a warm, dry home we recognise this is a cost to landlords. However, ANZ has come to the party with interest-free insulation loans. Lodge City Rentals General Manager, David Kneebone gets the low down on the offer.

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