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Managing Your Properties

Always use a competent property manager to manage your
investment property.

  • Don’t try to manage the property yourself

    A property manager has the resources and the skills to ensure all issues arising will be handled promptly and efficiently which means you minimise rental loss. Always execute necessary repairs quickly on the property to minimise the risk of tenants leaving

    When the property becomes vacant, the managing agent has the tools to rent the property as soon as possible with advertising and open homes.

    Do your research to employ an excellent property manager, as this will minimise loss of your rental income.

  • Landlord insurance

    Another point is to always take out landlord insurance. This will cover you for any damages to the property from the tenant as well as loss of rent.

  • Add value

    Periodically look at ways of adding value to your property which increases your rent and therefore increases the value of your property. This may include items such as painting, new fences, new kitchen, updated floor coverings and new blinds.


Providing income on your property for your tax returns.

Your property manager will provide you with annual financial statements of your properties at the end of each financial year (by June 30). This statement will display your income (rent) and expenditure for your property.

  • Claim your tax returns

    Once you purchase your property, engage a quantity surveyor to compile a “bill of quantities” report. With this report, your accountant may be able to claim through your tax returns, depreciation on the “plant and equipment” such as carpet, hot water system, stove etc. If the building is built after 1987, you could also claim a small percentage of the structural cost of the building plus “plant and equipment.” (seek advice from your accountant). Any renovation works that you perform on your investment property can also be claimed against depreciation.

  • Be tax efficient

    Focus on becoming tax efficient. Get yourself into that mindset. It is more than likely that any property purchase in the Sydney market will be negative geared.

    There are three types of gearing:

    1. Negative Gearing: The interest you are paying on the loan and any other expenses from the property is greater than the rental income from the property, meaning you are making a monetary loss
    1. Neutral Gearing: The interest you are paying on the loan and any other expenses from the property is equal to the rental income from the property
    1. Positive Gearing: The interest you are paying on the loan and any other expenses from the property is less than the rental income from the property, meaning you are making a monetary profit

    Use the negative gearing tax benefits to deduct them from your tax bill, as well as the depreciation of the building. A skilled accountant will further advise you on this.

    Negative gearing works if the money you make from capital growth is greater than the loss you make in rental shortfall and other associated expenses to the point where you can tap into the equity.

Capital Gains Tax

Your strategy may require you to eventually sell a property.

This may be to reduce your total Loan to Value Ratio (LVR). If so, then keep in mind the tax requirements of selling property such as capital gains tax.

What is Capital Gains Tax?

A capital gain or capital loss on an asset is the difference between what it cost you and what you receive when you dispose of it. So when you sell a property, you will be taxed on the profit. Speak to your accountant as to your particular situation & tax requirements prior to selling any properties.
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