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Gas heaters and fireplace repair and maintenance: the tenant’s responsibility, or the landlord’s?

Gas heaters and fireplace repair and maintenance: the tenant’s responsibility, or the landlord’s?

Gas heaters and fireplace repair and maintenance: the tenant’s responsibility, or the landlord’s?

If you’re renting a property with a gas heater or a fireplace, who’s in charge of actually maintaining and cleaning those pieces of equipment?

It’s a topic definitely worth addressing. Back in 2013, a Victorian coroner warned that landlords should check their gas heaters every two years after two children died in a tragic gas leak incident.

As it turns out, the laws in this area aren’t so simple.

Like many tenancy laws the rules differ from state to state, and it can be confusing to figure out what exactly your responsibilities as a landlord – or tenant – are.

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10 questions you NEED to ask your landlord at your next open for inspection…and two you shouldn’t!

10 questions you NEED to ask your landlord at your next open for inspection…and two you shouldn’t!

We get it – sometimes you don’t want to rock the boat.

As a tenant, you want to be on your landlord’s good side. But sometimes tenants get so scared they think even asking a question or two about their lease or property will seem presumptuous!

As a real estate agent, I can tell you that nothing is further from the truth. In fact, landlords and agents want you to ask questions at the open for inspection. The more you know about the property and the more engaged you are, the more you will stick in the landlord’s mind.

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What’s been happening with Cubbi

What’s been happening with Cubbi

Things have been happening at Cubbi HQ!

We’ve received a bunch of publicity and some recognition for the work we’re doing in making life easier for both tenants and landlords.

First up: Last month we accepted an award – being named in the top 200 Westpac “business of tomorrow” awards, as a business that is helping shape the Australian economy for the future.

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How much can I rent my house for?

How much can I rent my house for?

So you’ve got a property, and you’re ready to start looking for tenants.

There’s just one key question you have to answer first: how much can I rent my house for?

It’s not an easy question to answer! After all, setting your rental price is crucial to making sure you actually attract tenants who can look after the property and make sure your investment earns you some money – or at least meets your expenses.

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11 ways to increase the rental yield of your investment property

11 ways to increase the rental yield of your investment property

Looking for ways to increase the rental yield of your investment property?

Thankfully, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

Sure, renovating is the go-to option. But there are plenty more, including making some changes in the way your property is actually marketed and advertised.

One of the things you should keep in mind when sprucing up your property is that many tenants want their rental to feel like a home. The more you can do to give your place that type of quality, the more likely you’ll be able to find tenants at a higher rent.

Here are 11 methods you can use to give your property some juice.

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Landlord insurance: what you need to know about this crucial purchase

Landlord insurance: what you need to know about this crucial purchase

As a landlord, you may think that a typical building or contents insurance policy will cover you should anything go wrong with your property.

You’d be wrong.

That’s why landlord insurance exists. Along with typical building insurance policies that cover you for fire or theft, landlord insurance will often cover the following circumstances: Read More

What tenants need to know before their next rental inspection

What tenants need to know before their next rental inspection

As a tenant, you may not know something: your landlord doesn’t actually want to kick you out.

When it comes to inspections, many tenants feel as though if they do one thing wrong they’ll be out on the street. And while some landlords may be stricter than others, they also want a steady tenant. It’s in their best interests to keep you around.

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Smoke alarms: everything a landlord needs to know

Smoke alarms: everything a landlord needs to know

You might assume a smoke alarm is a basic piece of equipment that everyone should have. But think again – plenty of people neglect to have them installed.

For landlords, the consequences of not having a smoke alarm are disastrous.

And in many states, you could be fined thousands of dollars for not having smoke alarms installed. In some it’s even a criminal offense. Read More

How to lodge a rental bond in Australia: the ultimate state-by-state guide

 How to lodge a rental bond in Australia: the ultimate state-by-state guide

Getting ready to rent out a property? Here’s a tip:

Never give your new tenants the keys to your property unless the bond has been paid in full.

Harsh? Maybe. But for a good reason: regardless of how good the tenants are, it’s good peace of mind for you to make sure everything is set and ready to go for your property, including the bond, before the tenants take possession.

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Six ways Victorian landlords can prepare for five-year lease agreements

Six ways Victorian landlords can prepare for five-year lease agreements

The Victorian Government’s recent announcement that landlords will soon be able to offer five-year leases has certainly sparked colourful debate, but so far there hasn’t been a lot of talk about the practical realities of these agreements.

Right now the laws in Victoria restrict rental agreements to no more than five years. But under new rules announced by Premier Daniel Andrews, that cap will disappear. Technically, that means you could even sign leases up to 10 years.

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