Could Your Property Be Sub-Let Over Summer

Much of the Australian rental property market in suburbs surrounding Universities are occupied by students of those Universities. As expected, over summer when University is out, many of these students returned home or spend these months traveling.

If you lease your property to students, it may spend some time vacant, or there is also the possibility that your tenants could be sub-leased … Read more »


Preparing Your Investment Property For The Summer Months

Keeping on top of the maintenance of your investment property is important all year round, but there are some summer specific outside maintenance activities that will ensure your property makes it through the summer months in tip-top shape.

Clean Out The Gutters

This one is top of the list is your property, particularly if it is in a bushfire prone area. Cleaning out … Read more »


9 Handy Tips For Tenants When Vacating

Tenants can often find the vacating process a very stressful time, but it doesn’t need to be.

Once our tenants have provided us with their intention to vacate, we provide them with a Vacating Procedures Pack to ensure their vacate goes as smooth as possible. Here are a few pointers to help you out.

Find your copy of the lease. If you’re in Victoria and want to vacate at the end … Read more »


5 Most Overlooked Things When Renovating

Transforming your home or rental property through a renovation can be anything from a lick of paint right through to a complete make-over. Budget often plays a major part as to what you undertake and the quality of the finishes and fixtures that you choose. There are however some tips from the seasoned renovator that you should take on board. Some will not add to your expenses, but all of … Read more »


Smoke Detectors

It is the Landlord’s responsibility in Victoria to have properly fitted and maintained smoke detectors in each residential property complying with Australian Standards AS3786 – 1993.

In order to provide the necessary duty of care Living Here South Yarra has engaged the services of Detector Inspector to take care of the initial and annual maintenance responsibilities regarding smoke detectors.

All smoke detectors (electrical hard-wired and detachable) should be checked once a year … Read more »


Do they Walk the Talk?

Whilst some landlords may prefer to self-manage their investment property or at least are tempted to do so, there may come a time when every landlord considers employing the services a Property Manager.

From the very first time an owner calls an agent, they are interviewing them!  How prompt are they in returning a call should they not be available when you call?  Are they knowledgeable … Read more »


Commonly missed deductions

Depreciation is a complex area, so unless you’re a specialist Quantity Surveyor or a qualified Tax Accountant, it can be hard to wrap your head around it.

As such, investors miss deductions all the time, meaning they could be losing out on thousands of dollars.

Research shows that 80 per cent of property investors are failing to maximise the deductions claimed from property depreciation.

So why are so many investors missing out and … Read more »


Tenant Of The Month :: October 2018 :: Brad

Congratulations to Brad for being awarded this months Tenant of the Month!

Brad is one of our South Yarra tenants and is great! We never have any issues with rent, communication or inspections with Brad.

Congratulations and thank you!


9 Tips to for a Spring Clean on a Budget

We know you’ve probably already heard this 1,000 times but… if you didn’t get the memo, spring is in the air and it’s time to freshen up.

By ‘freshen up’ we mean give your home a solid clean and declutter, so you can feel in control (at least until Christmas hits!).

Now, that doesn’t mean buying expensive products and additional storage units for your ever-growing collection … Read more »


Found the right tenant? Keep Them!

Happy Landlord, Happy Agent – that’s only part of the story. Should tenants only hear from us when they do the wrong thing? Late rent, inspections not up to scratch, gardens overgrown?  

Of course there is contact when we need to arrange maintenance or appointments and working together with the tenant is a beneficial outcome for all involved. Its recognising the little things and rewarding tenants that … Read more »