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An investment property involves two main sets of costs - upfront purchase expenses, and the ongoing costs required to own and maintain the place.
These are essential to avoid any nasty surprises like building defects, illegal work or pest problems that could be expensive to fix. Allow around $400 for an inspection by a reputable firm.
If you’re investing in a unit, apartment or townhouse, a strata search is essential. It will identify whether there are existing disputes within the building, if there are outstanding repair bills, or if the quality of repairs has been sub-standard. A strata search can cost around $250.
These may include a loan application fee (allow up to $700), lender's valuation fee of approx. $300, and Lenders Mortgage Insurance which involves a single premium based on the amount you borrow relative to the property's value. It applies if you borrow 80% or more of the purchase price.
Also known as 'conveyancing' fees, these cover the cost of having the property transferred out of the vendor's name and into yours, and is normally completed by your solicitor. The cost is usually upwards of $1,000 depending on who you use to do the conveyancing and the complexity of the transaction. For more information, check out our detailed conveyancing guide.
As a landlord, you’ll have a variety of expenses associated with owning and tenanting your investment property. Most of these costs can be claimed on tax (always check with your accountant), which makes the bills more manageable. See our tax and gearing section for more details.
Typical ongoing costs include:
Reduce the chance of loss or the cost of making an insurance claim on your rental property by:
Installing deadlocks on doors and windows
Installing smoke alarms (a legal requirement in some states).
Providing a security system.
Following a regular maintenance program to reduce fire hazards such as leaves in gutters.