@home take out 2 National Awards in 2016!

@home take out 2 National Awards in 2016!

Posted by Michelle

In June 2016 the team @home attended one of the largest industry awards programs sponsored by realestate. com, the reb awards. We were proud to attend as a finalist in 2 major categories, Property Management Business of the Year and an individual award BDM of the year (Claudine Church). The team represented Tasmania up against hundreds of entrants across the nation with a combination of independants, large franchise organisations and boutique agencies. It is fair to say we were all…

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Do you need to Service Gas Appliances?

Do you need to Service Gas Appliances?

Posted by Michelle

In the UK it is a legal requirement for Landlords to have a Gas Safety Check carried out by a licensed Gasfitter every year. It is also a requirement for this to be done when a new tenant moves in. This is not a legal requirement in Australia yet however a few years ago there was a case in Melbourne where two children, living in a rented property died due to the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning. We also had a case here in Launceston where tenants of a rental property were admitted…

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Michelle’s Property Investment Tips

Michelle’s Property Investment Tips

Posted by Michelle

Number one rule; don’t rely on advice from well meaning friends and family when it comes to any major investment decisions, unless they are qualified. You should seek out expert advice and make educated decisions, your future and it is serious business. Start building a network of experts for support during the process.

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Dealing with Staff Changes

Dealing with Staff Changes

Posted by Michelle

One of the common complaints from property investors are staff changes and not being able to deal with the same person for longer than a year. The biggest issue for the investor as a result of regular staff changes is communication and the inconsistency this creates from one property manager to the next . The frustration they feel when they finally have a good working relationship with thier Property Manager and then that person leaves the organisation.

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Tax Time Tips

Tax Time Tips

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It is important that you take the time to carefully review your accounts and seek independent professional advice to assist you with preparing for tax time to avoid mistakes and costly fines. Following is an overview of what can be claimed*. Remember, you need to have documentation to support all of your claims.

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Order for Repairs

Order for Repairs

Posted by Michelle

As of 1 October 2014, the Residential Tenancy Commissioner (the Commissioner) has the ability to issue an order for repairs in relation to a residential tenancy (Residential Tenancy Act 1997 s.36A). Tenants should see this as a last resort, it is best to maintain a positive relationship between tenant and owner and the best way to do this is to talk to the owner and give them the chance to address your concerns.

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Do you know the rules?

Do you know the rules?

Posted by Michelle

A 37 year old Meekatharra landlord has been fined $24,000 for spending tenants’ security bonds, harassing a tenant via her phone calls and text messages and taking excessive rent up-front, according to Consumer Protection Western Australia.

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