Orbit Property Blog

We write regular blog articles regarding current property trends, property management advice as well as up-to-the-minute industry news that affects investors and new home buyers.

CAN I CHANGE MY TENANTS FOR WATER?

There are varying factors to take into account when assessing if water usage charges can be passed onto tenants. Under the Residential Tenancy and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008, landlords are permitted to pass on the cost of water to tenants if: The property must be individually metered or water is delivered by vehicle The property […]

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CLAIMING ABOVE THE BOND

In most cases, tenancies run smoothly and any issues that may arise are able to be solved between parties. There are however, certain cases in which the Property Manager or Landlord may need to seek the assistance of the RTA to help them on what to do when the obligations of the tenant/s have not […]

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Winter Living Hacks

We’re in the middle of Winter now, so we wanted to share a few hacks to help you survive the colder months! Reverse your ceiling fans to drive the warm air to the floor – keep them on the low speed Take advantage of the warm sunlight by keeping curtains and blinds open all day, […]

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The pitfalls of why properties remain vacant for too long

Whilst there are many important things that a property manager does for their client, high on the list is getting the property rented quickly to the right tenant. There are many factors to consider that can cause a property to remain vacant for longer than desired.  Presentation – first impressions count! Invest in professional photography […]

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Winter is here: 5 tips to keeping your home warm.

Winter is here! As the air gets cooler it can be difficult to stay warm in your home. That’s why it is best to get ahead of the chill and have your home fully prepared for the cooler days of winter before they are here 1. Use your curtains effectively In Winter, your curtains aren’t […]

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Noisy Tenants, what to do?

Working as a property manager, it is not uncommon to receive complaints about noisy neighbours. Noise complaints can cover a wide spectrum of grievances, from barking dogs, to noisy parties, to a TV being too loud. There is no one answer on how to deal with tenants who are frustrating their neighbours or for that […]

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Why cleaning your gutters is important…

Guttering is a vital part of the roof components, they direct water away from the house to effectively preserve the non-waterproof elements of the structure.  Gutters are commonly neglected from proper maintenance and as a result dirt and other debris can build up in the gutters and block the pathway of rainwater caught off the […]

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Why it is Important to Keep Your Property Maintained…

Landlords and property managers alike now the importance of keeping their rental properties well maintained. It is not only in the landlord’s financial interest to ensure that the property is maintained and kept in good condition but tenants are entitled by legislation to have a habitable and safe living environment. Carrying out regular maintenance will […]

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Can I sell my investment property with a tenant in place?

In short yes, you can sell your investment property at any time, however be sure that you aware of the legislation around selling a property with a tenant in place. Know Your Place When a fixed term lease agreement is in place, landlords cannot just make a tenant vacate the property. Tenants are within their […]

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JUST HOW IMPORTANT IS A GOOD TENANT?

Searching for the right property is not the only thing you need to prioritise when becoming a property investor.  The success or failure of your investment journey can also be influenced by your choice of tenant. Various factors will come into play when looking for your ideal tenant, such as, the type of property and […]

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5 Tips for having your rental application approved

So you’ve finally found the right property for you and you would like to submit your application. It is important to ensure that your application is presented well to help you stand out from the crowd. Here are some tips to help you secure the property you want and preparing and submitting your rental application. […]

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The $10 household fitting that could be a ‘ticking time bomb’

It’s the household fitting that has the potential to cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage if not checked regularly and it lurks beneath hundreds of kitchen and bathroom sinks across Australia. Commonly known as the flexi hose, these versatile rubber pipes armoured in braided layers of stainless steel, are popular in modern homes because […]

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