Property Management FAQ

FAQs for Property Owners

How do I prepare my property to rent?

Preparing your property for rent is essential to attract quality tenants and maximize rental income. Here are some steps you can take:

  • Ensure the property is clean, well-maintained, and in good repair.
  • Consider making any necessary repairs or upgrades to increase appeal.
  • Stage the property with tasteful furnishings and decor.
  • Determine an appropriate rental price based on market analysis.
  • Create a comprehensive rental agreement outlining tenant responsibilities and property rules.

Minimum housing standards aim to ensure all Queensland rental properties are safe, secure and reasonably functional. The new standards complement existing legislation which states that a property must be fit to live in, in good repair and compliant with health and safety laws.

How to sell a tenanted property?

Selling a property with tenants in place requires careful planning and communication. Here’s what you need to consider:

  • Review the terms of the existing lease agreement and notify tenants of your intention to sell.
  • Coordinate with your property manager to schedule property viewings that are convenient for tenants.
  • Provide tenants with adequate notice before showings and respect their privacy.
  • Ensure all legal requirements are met, including disclosure of tenancy details to potential buyers.
  • Consider offering incentives to tenants, such as rent discounts or assistance with relocation costs.
When can I increase my rent?

As a landlord, you have the right to increase rent under certain circumstances, but it must be done in compliance with local laws and regulations.

  • At the end of a lease term
  • After providing proper notice

FAQs for Tenants

What happens if my property is for sale?

If the property you’re renting is put up for sale, it’s natural to have concerns about your living situation. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Your lease agreement remains valid
  • Your rights are protected
Am I allowed pets?

A tenant must seek written approval from the property manager/owner to keep a pet at the rental property. It is a significant breach if an animal, other than a working dog, is kept at the premises without the property manager/owner’s approval.

Maintenance process as a tenant.
  • The property manager/owner is responsible for ensuring the property is fit to live in, in a good state of repair and meets minimum housing standards. The tenant must notify them of any repairs needed.
  • If a tenant, or their guest, damages the property, they may have to pay for repairs.
  • Emergency maintenance: In the case of emergencies such as a burst pipe or electrical outage, your property manager/ landlord must provide prompt assistance to resolve the issue.