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Rentals Lockdown To Do – Post #1 | Setting Up Your Communication Channels for Landlords and Tenants – as well as future Landlord Clients

We’re in VERY uncertain times and uncharted territory, with more questions than answers & high stress levels – this is to be expected. One thing we need to remember in times like this is that, “This time too shall pass” and the only approach that will see us all coming out the other side sane […]

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Rentals Lockdown To Do – Post #2 | Communicating with Landlords re Month-End & Arrears Management

We are all acutely aware of the concerns many Landlords have regarding rent payments this month and sensitive to the reality that these concerns may be causing additional stress for Landlords in these very uncertain times. In my opinion the best way for your to prioritise what you do and to communicate with Landlords regularly […]

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Residential Rentals RoundUp #3 | How to Deal with Rent & Levies, Lockdown Do’s & Don’ts, Lockdown for Landlords Q&A, Community Scheme Measures During Lockdown & Emergency Repairs & Other Relevant Info

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine I’d be putting together a daily blog post, but it just goes to show – we never know what’s going to happen. Anyway, here’s a summary of rentals/COVID-19 related information that I believe is useful, informative and will hopefully assist you and save you from having […]

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Residential Rentals RoundUp #2 | Residential Property Rentals, COVID-19 & the 21-day ‘Lockdown’

Today has been an extraordinary day – one unlike I think any of us have experienced before – not only the uncertainty about the 21 day lockdown, but, unfortunately, some (opportunistic?) people also spreading fake or untrue information. So, to help you sift through it all I’ve decided to put together a summary for you […]

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Residential Rentals RoundUp #1 | Free Rentals Webinars, Payment Allocation by a Landlord & Rentals & COVID-19

To help you stay up to date with Residential Rentals News & information I have decided to put together a weekly summary of informative articles and information from the web pertaining to residential property rentals. To read the specific articles, or access the original post / information, simply click on the hyper-linked title. This week’s […]

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The Landlord’s Council Arrears Are Being Deducted from the Tenant’s Pre-Paid Electricity Payments! What now?

This issue was recently raised in the Property Practitioners Facebook Group . . . Source: Property Practitioners Facebook Group This resonated with me as I have faced this issue more than once in my Residential Property Rentals career. Is it Legal? Now, whether this is legal or not I honestly wouldn’t know – I can […]

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6 Reasons for Rental Agents to LOVE FICA

Yes, believe it or not, there are (at least 6!) reasons for Rental Agents to LOVE FICA . . . . . . because you can use it go get more business! To explain this, let’s take a look at the FICA requirements imposed on a Rental Agency, as an accountable institution, under FICA legislation […]

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Video: The All-Important Rental Mandate

What is a Rental Mandate? The Rental Mandate is the contract between the landlord or property owner and the rental agency represented by the Principal – not between the landlord and individual agents. In terms of the Rental Mandate, the Landlord engages the agency to carry out certain duties on their behalf in exchange for […]

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Why Running a Rental Business without Written Procedures is like Driving a Car Blindfolded

Let’s set the scene . . . You’re the Rental Manager and you get a call from a client with a complaint. You listen to what the client has to say and you then have a meeting with your team to get their side of the story. It turns out that they ‘totally forgot’ a […]

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3 Metrics EVERY Rental Agent SHOULD Know AND Share with Prospective Landlord Clients

If I was a Landlord interviewing potential rental agents to procure a new tenant ,and to manage the lease, for my rental property, I’d be asking for the following 3 figures for their rental portfolio (or their company’s rental portfolio) . . . . Time-to-Tenant Occupancy Rate Level of Rent Arrears Why? Well, it’s simple […]

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Rental Best Practice: Rental Deposits

Some of the best practices that I cover in this article might seem trite, but I have dealt with enough deposit related disputes to know that what might seem like common sense often isn’t that common. Best practices with respect to rental deposits 2 months deposit should be a minimum requirement If the tenant is […]

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Spotlight On: Rental Deposits

I was motivated to write this article in response to the following post in the Property Practitioners Facebook Group: if a client’s lease has ended and moves out without paying their W&E bill from the municipality, how can the landlord get them to pay? Also, he also didn’t pay his last month’s rent, so we […]

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What’s the value of a fixed term lease if a tenant can cancel on 20 business days notice at any time?

I’ve often been asked, by both landlords and agents, “Is there any purpose in signing a fixed term lease when a tenant can cancel the lease at any time by simply giving 20 business days notice?” It does sound a bit contradictory when you need to explain this to landlords. “Mr &/or Mrs Landlord, although […]

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VIDEO: How to Make the Most of Prospective New Landlord Enquiries

Are you ready to make the most of new business opportunities in your property rentals business? With most property rental agents being paid on some form of commission structure, and given the competition in the rental market, it makes absolute sense to make the very most of all enquiries from potential new landlords . . […]

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VIDEO: How much Rental Deposit should you take?

Let’s start off with the purpose of the damage deposit . . . Purpose of the Damage Deposit The damage deposit is the only the security the landlord holds in terms of the lease. Security to cover any debts owing and/or damages at the end of the lease. ” . . . the landlord may […]