Becoming a landlord can be an exciting and rewarding step, however it pays to know your rights and responsibilities because repercussions can be costly.
For example, Queensland legislation requires landlords to provide a property that is safe, clean and fit for the tenant to live in.
Landlords also need to ensure that the property complies with all relevant health and safety laws and is generally free from risk or harm. If inclusions such as dishwashers and air conditioners are included in the property they must be maintained accordingly.
New laws regarding the installation of photoelectric smoke alarms in all Queensland homes came into effect on January 1, 2017, affecting all property owners and landlords. Details of the new legislative requirements can be found here: https://www.qld.gov.au/emergency/safety/smoke-alarms.html.
Did you know that landlords are required and encouraged to disclose all material facts and relevant information to their agent about the property and property history? It’s true, and some of these material facts may be required to be passed onto to the tenant as well.
Examples of these may include if the property is heritage listed, whether a natural or unnatural death is known to have occurred at the property, if there is an easement which allows access to the rear of the yard or any other relevant matter.
The list of landlord obligations under Queensland law is quite extensive, ensuring standards of cleanliness, maintenance, safety, health, pest control and more are properly upheld.
It can be a legal and logistical minefield. Dealing with a trusted licensed agent when entering into a landlord agreement is the best way to safeguard yourself, your tenants and your investment.
As the biggest and longest-established full service real estate agency in the region, Henzells offers a service-orientated property management team to ensure rental and investment properties perform at their peak, and landlords are properly informed.
Henzells have handpicked the best managers in the field with specific skills to cover the full property management process. Open communication, a personal approach, steadfast processes plus unrivalled industry and legislative knowledge are the hallmarks of our business.
Our skilled property management team is resourced to give every property the attention it deserves, whether it is a small unit, executive home or commercial property.
Henzells manages the largest number of rental and commercial properties in the Caloundra region and we are always on the lookout for new listings.