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    Default Installing air conditioner in a rental property

    Might not be wealthy, but you certainly need a decent income to be able to get an investment loan, or a good amount of equity in your home.

    We had to jump through hoops to get our bank to even give us a loan for an extension, which would've been half the cost of an investment property. Our goal of owning an investment property is on hold for a few years until I am back at work full-time.
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    Default Installing air conditioner in a rental property

    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood View Post
    This is very true. I've worked in real estate for 10 years and have seen all types of landlords. Based on the rent roll where I worked, I'd say more than half the landlords were definitely NOT very wealthy. Obviously if there was an urgent repair they had to get the problem fixed, but a lot of them honestly would have struggled to afford a $1-2k airconditioner in their rented property.

    The 'wealthy' landlord is a bit of a stereotype really!



    Whilst I do think heating is essential (can't imagine how miserable it would be to sit in a home on a winter's day without heating, it would be like a fridge), I consider cooling/aircon to be a luxury. It certainly makes it more bearable to have it, but being a bit hot and uncomfortable is surely more bearable that being freezing cold.
    If you lived in northern Australia rather than Melbourne, it would be the opposite. I live in sydney, and I would choose air con over heating any day, and we live in a federation home with 3.5 metre ceilings.

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    Default Installing air conditioner in a rental property

    We asked at our past rental.
    It was agreed that we would have a wall unit fitted in the window of the lounge, patch if up so it looked decent and worked and then remove and repair the screen when we left.

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    Yes, I was renting and asked for one new air conditioner system to be installed in my baby's bedroom (very hot room). I told them I was more than happy to pay more rent. The owners decided to install two new air conditioners, one on the baby's room and one in the lounge/living room. They consulted me before installation and said for both new air conditioners the rent would increase by $20 per week. I was very happy with that, as I would have moved for a cooler house anyway and had to pay more rent elsewhere. So overall it was a great result for us

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    Well these responses have given me a few different options to ponder!

    I swore we would NEVER rent a property without air con again after living in a particularly hot house when DS was little.

    Unfortunately we faced a situation earlier in the year where we had to find a new property ASAP (for our safety) and the choices in our area of choice were extremely limited. In other words, we pretty much took what we could get.

    Having said that the location is great, it's just one of those old houses with original everything. It's all functional, but screaming out for renovation!

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    Technically heating AND cooling are both luxuries. It's just that we've pampered the younger generations and now they think air con or heating is a necessity?!

    Anyway, how do these portable ones work? Don't you have to board up the window where the air tube goes out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy2be3 View Post
    Technically heating AND cooling are both luxuries. It's just that we've pampered the younger generations and now they think air con or heating is a necessity?!

    Anyway, how do these portable ones work? Don't you have to board up the window where the air tube goes out?
    In qld. I think its a necessity, people die when its summer, houses have changed alot, our parents more than likely lived in big double story houses with patio/shade, big trees etc. Nowadays new houses are just little hot boxes with stupid designs so no breeze!

    And its alot harder to cool a house that heat it. Think of all the types of heaters there is yet aircon is really the only way to stay cool, fans just blow hot air around on hot days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood View Post

    Whilst I do think heating is essential (can't imagine how miserable it would be to sit in a home on a winter's day without heating, it would be like a fridge), I consider cooling/aircon to be a luxury. It certainly makes it more bearable to have it, but being a bit hot and uncomfortable is surely more bearable that being freezing cold.
    I'm not sure all of the people living in the northern areas of Australia would agree with you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy2be3 View Post
    Technically heating AND cooling are both luxuries. It's just that we've pampered the younger generations and now they think air con or heating is a necessity?!
    Not exactly. For as long as we've had homes, we've had heating (fire) in cold climates. Air conditioning however is a complete luxury - stats are something like a 70% increase in homes over the past 30 years. Ironically all those air con systems are probably contributing to global warming (if you believe in that kind of thing ) and making it even hotter!

    I never had air con in any home I've lived in - and I grew up in inland QLD. HOT. Our rental property in the north (and yep - I'm poor) has no air con, and my property here in the south has no central heating (fireplace). C'mon we're getting a bit soft if we think electric climate control is an essential.

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    Default Re: Installing air conditioner in a rental property

    Quote Originally Posted by PuppyGuts View Post
    In qld. I think its a necessity, people die when its summer, houses have changed alot, our parents more than likely lived in big double story houses with patio/shade, big trees etc. Nowadays new houses are just little hot boxes with stupid designs so no breeze!

    And its alot harder to cool a house that heat it. Think of all the types of heaters there is yet aircon is really the only way to stay cool, fans just blow hot air around on hot days.
    Pfft. Necessities are things like food, water, shelter. Air con is a MOD con... It's a western world luxury. Hardly necessary for survival.


 
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