Given the high property prices in many cities, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne, many first home buyers are purchasing property in areas where they can afford but choosing to lease it out and live elsewhere. This has meant an uplift in the number of first-time landlords in the market.
Like many Firsts, becoming a landlord is both exciting and daunting. It’s a great way to earn ongoing income and take advantage of some of the tax breaks offered on property expenses.
But the business of being a landlord involves risks and responsibilities and requires active management, as well as the very important decision on who will manage the property.
The end of the financial year is fast approaching. And for property investors, this means getting organised: assessing your investment performance and preparing your receipts for the lodgement of your tax return.
Whether you own one rental property or several, the key to a smooth EOYF is organisation. No property investor wants to pay their tax accountant to sift through a shoebox full of receipts.
Get organised, and give your accountant a well prepared financial record and summary of any expenses. If you misplace a receipt or invoice, the ATO allows you to substantiate your claims with a bank statement. This preparation will cut down on their time and also your bill.
But before property investors prepare their records and get their receipts in order, they first need to know what they can claim as an expense.
As a landlord, you want the best tenants for your properties. But invariably, even the best tenants have demands. And responding to requests, queries and maintenance issues can be time-consuming and stressful. This is where a good property manager can assist.
Property managers are a third party that act as an intermediary between the landlord and the tenants. They listen to the complaints and concerns of tenants, and resolve issues to ensure both parties are happy.