10 Mistakes First Time Property Investors Make

Valuable Advice for WA Property Investors

There are some good points in this article by Paul Bennion on Residential Property Manager who claims the biggest mistake of first time property investors who choose to manage their properties themselves, is not conducting a thorough background check on tenants. But that is not their only mistake he says. Here are nine others.

  1. Price
    Rents are inflated, thereby reducing the number of potential tenants. By lowering the rental price by a small amount, a landlord can substantially increase the pool of potential tenants from which to select a reliable person to lease the property.
  2. Contract errors
    The necessary contracts are incorrectly completed, names are spelt wrongly and the contract is not correctly witnessed. These errors can make the contract invalid.
  3. Verbal agreements
    Landlords make verbal agreements on matters such as rental payments which are invalid if they are subsequently challenged by the tenant.
  4. Bonds
    A common mistake is failing to properly lodge the bond money or failing to collect the right amount of bond money. Bond money is critical if the tenant breaks the lease or causes damage in the property.
  5. Friendships
    The landlord develops a friendship with the tenants, which makes it difficult for them to take action if the tenant breaks the contract. Leasing a property is a commercial arrangement and landlords should take a professional approach to it.
  6. Maintenance problems
    Maintenance problems have to be addressed quickly to ensure good tenants remain happy. Landlords who argue with tenants over maintenance problems may find it difficult to retain good tenants or maintain regular rental payments from their tenants.
  7. Termination
    Landlords follow the wrong procedures when terminating the lease. Generally, not enough notice is given or the notice given is not in writing. There are set procedures that must take place if the landlord wishes to evict a tenant.
  8. Insurance
    Not taking out the necessary insurance cover to protect the landlord if there are problems with the tenancy.
  9. Tax. Not fully claiming tax depreciation benefits which can be equivalent to 60 per cent of the total purchase price of the property.