How to find and keep better tenants for your rental property


People are searching for rental accommodation as a place to call home. For a multitude of different reasons people choose to rent a property rather than purchase a property.

Rents are set to keep rising due to housing supply and demand. As housing affordability drops and more people are renting there will be a higher number of opportunities for Owners to secure good tenants.

Finding the right tenant is crucial to the success of your business as an investment property owner and knowing how to do this can be tricky.

allow extra time during the tenant selection process is a good start to determine requirements of the tenant and suitability for the property to the tenant.
That little extra effort may save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars and hours of time in the long run. You want people who pay on time, people who look after your property as if it were their own and reports any concerns to you about the property.

A good screening process is the best defence against bad tenants. Detailed tenancy application forms give the landlord a chance to ensure that the applicant is a safe choice before committing, confirming reference checks and income is mandatory as is the relevant checks on the tenancy databases which can be done on platforms like RealRenta.

Taking the time to select the right tenant before giving them access to your property is key. There are things that you need to know and do.

1. You need to adhere to the relevant legislation

Finding a good tenant for your property is not an exemption to adhering to the relevant legislation for your state or territory. You must always adhere to these to avoid charges for discrimination or other claims. You cannot discriminate based on race, colour, religion, sex, family status, disability and so on.

2. A good tenant has good credit

You are looking for a tenant that is in a good financially position. With this in mind verification of affordability is a must, as a general rule the rent should not be more than a third of their income.

3. Education and communication with your tenant is key

If you communicate well with your tenants, it sets the foundations of your relationship with them from the start, how they are to communicate with you and you with them. A platform like RealRenta has a communicate platform built into it. All communications are done through the system and this stops tenants from calling you all the time. It also keeps a record of all communications by email and text (SMS). This will stop the he said, she said if you ever need to take further action. You will find that the relationship during and after is much more pleasurable.


Jason Gwerder
Friday, 19 August 2016

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