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EBM RentCover’s biggest reads of 2023

06 Dec 2023 6 mins read

Rent increases… what to do when a tenant won’t leave… minimum standards… breach notices… smarter about strata… meth contamination in rentals… these were the topics that caught the eyes of landlords and property managers in 2023.   

As we come to the end of the year, we are looking back at some of the stories we have written, that you loved. Here are the stories that gripped landlords and property managers in 2023… 

A landlord’s guide to rent increases 

This article was our #1 read of 2023 (for the second year running)! And, for good reason! Raising the rent is often a point of contention between landlords and tenants. Knowing the rules can go a long way to avoiding argy-bargy. Haven’t read this one yet? No worries! Check it out here.  

What to do when your tenants won’t leave 

A tenant refusing to leave the rental is one of those nightmare scenarios no landlord or agent wants to have to deal with. But it’s one they might have to. So, if a tenant isn’t budging, what’s next? Coming in at #2 is this article we wrote about what to do when tenants are not paying and not leaving. You can read it here.  

Your guide to minimum standards for rental properties in Australia  

Before starting a tenancy, the property must be safe, secure, reasonably clean and reasonably fit to live in. Is that it? No! These are just the fundamentals. Legislation goes much deeper into the minimum standards of rental properties and landlords and agents must adhere to them… or they may end up in hot water. To help, we created this article which offers a guide to minimum standards for properties in Australia. Want to download it? Easy! You can access it here. 

Breach notices: What to do when a tenant defaults on rent 

When a tenant signs a rental agreement, they are ultimately agreeing to the ‘house rules’. But, what happens when they break the ‘house rules’ and how does it impact landlord insurance? We explain in this top-read article here

The bonds that tie tenants to landlords 

Coming in at #5 is an article looking at rental bonds. Understanding what a rental bond can and can’t be used for is important knowledge for landlords and agents. Here, we explain what landlords and agents need to know about the bonds that tie tenants to landlords.   

Landlord insurance FAQs 

In this article, find the answers to common questions asked by landlords, to better arm yourself with the knowledge needed to choose the most suitable insurance policy for a rental property. 

Nine changes to tenancy legislation in 2023 

The tenancy regulatory landscape is constantly evolving – and it’s important that landlords and agents keep on top of changes to ensure that they meet their obligations. It can be difficult to keep on top of changes, so each year we aim to list the changes in an informative article. You can find it here.  

Smarter about strata – understanding who insures what 

If an investment property is in a strata complex, it’s important to understand who is responsible for insuring what. In this informative article, we explain the differences in landlord insurance policies and how they apply to strata-titled properties.  

Landlord vs tenant responsibilities  

Getting into a tizz about who is responsible for what at a rental property is a headache no-one needs – and one many landlords and tenants experience. Misunderstandings about responsibilities for tasks around the property – from gardening to appliance repairs – are commonplace. In this article, we answer the answer to the question, “who’s responsible”, for a few important tasks at a rental. 

Meth contamination in rental properties  

Coming in at #10… If you discover that your tenants have been cooking more than dinner in your rental property, it’s going to take more than a going over with some ‘spray and wipe’ to clean the premises. But is meth contamination covered by landlord insurance? We answer this question, and more, in this article here.  

At EBM RentCover, we want to make sure landlords and property professionals are educated with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions about insurance for investment properties. We achieve this through our online Info Centre and by being there when you need help – 1800 661 662.

*While we have taken care to ensure the information above is true and correct at the time of publication, changes in circumstances and legislation after the displayed date may impact the accuracy of this article. If you need us we are here, contact 1800 661 662 if you have any questions. 

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