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    Default Can you fight a rent increase?

    Perhaps fight is the wrong word, but can you counter a rent increase and argue that it's excessive by presenting your case to the property manager?
    We just got notice of a $10/week increase, which doesn't seem a lot but it takes the price up beyond where we think the property is worth. The landlord does very little by way of repairs and maintenance and has still not addressed our leaking asbestos roof - it's leaking into the ceiling and you can see a damp patch of mould directly above our lounge.
    I've looked at other properties in our area and we could get an extra bedroom and garage for what he wants us to pay. We're hoping to avoid a move because we're trying to save a deposit and buy in the next 6 months or so.
    Worth a try or unlikely to get us anywhere?
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    Yes you can, send other properties to your agent and also highlight that the repairs that are currently unattended too... Which state are you in... In WA rents have dropped between $30 to $80 a week depending where and what you were paying! I would find a comparable home on a nearby location and ask them for that rent or honestly just move to a cheaper home and save more

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    I would certainly put an objection to the increase, and show the landlord or agent your problems and the other properties in the area. I think it is the same every where, there are too many rentals available, and so tenants can really pick and choose. Good luck, marie.

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    Agreeing with the others. Just to point out, sometimes landlords aren't aware their agent is increasing the rent on their behalf until after its completed. This could just be the agent. Happened to my friend at work. She got a letter from her tenants expressing how sad they were at having to move and thanking them for being lovely landlords until this point. She was more than shocked and called her agent and put a stop to it as she didn't want to lose good tenants.

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    Yes you can. In NSW, you can actually go to the tribunal and have the rent reduced if it's unreasonable. I vaguely remember that you can also get your rent reduced if there are repairs not done within a reasonable timeframe. If you're in NSW, check out the Department of Fair Trading website - it's all on there.

    Anyway, going to the tribunal is a bit of a PITA, but if you politely let the property manager know you're thinking about it, they might be more open to helping you. Say something like, "we like living here, but the rent increase isn't reasonable and we've got repairs that have been outstanding for ages. We don't really want to go the the tribunal - can you help us get this sorted out?"

    Also, I'm a landlord, and in my experience, property managers are often a little bit hopeless. They might not have even told the landlord about the repairs, and then told you that the landlord isn't doing anything about it. If you don't get any joy from the property manager, don't feel bad about going direct to the landlord (nicely, of course). They may just be glad you did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cdro View Post
    Yes you can. In NSW, you can actually go to the tribunal and have the rent reduced if it's unreasonable. I vaguely remember that you can also get your rent reduced if there are repairs not done within a reasonable timeframe. If you're in NSW, check out the Department of Fair Trading website - it's all on there.

    Anyway, going to the tribunal is a bit of a PITA, but if you politely let the property manager know you're thinking about it, they might be more open to helping you. Say something like, "we like living here, but the rent increase isn't reasonable and we've got repairs that have been outstanding for ages. We don't really want to go the the tribunal - can you help us get this sorted out?"

    Also, I'm a landlord, and in my experience, property managers are often a little bit hopeless. They might not have even told the landlord about the repairs, and then told you that the landlord isn't doing anything about it. If you don't get any joy from the property manager, don't feel bad about going direct to the landlord (nicely, of course). They may just be glad you did.
    Excellent advice and totally agree. Especially the part about property managers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeavenBlue View Post
    Agreeing with the others. Just to point out, sometimes landlords aren't aware their agent is increasing the rent on their behalf until after its completed. This could just be the agent. Happened to my friend at work. She got a letter from her tenants expressing how sad they were at having to move and thanking them for being lovely landlords until this point. She was more than shocked and called her agent and put a stop to it as she didn't want to lose good tenants.

    Is that legal? We have a rental property in Qld and while the property manager recommends an amount for rental increases, we have to decide and sign off on the actual amount.

    FWIW, we've refused their recommendations a couple of times and told them not to increase the rent, because we didn't want to upset our good tenants. Having the property empty for just one a week in a year would cost us far more than their recommended increase of $5 a week.
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    I would give it a go. They can only say no, then you know exactly where you stand.

    Moving house is a pain, and it's costly (we've lived in 5 different rentals in 6 years). If you are buying in around 6 months, it makes more sense financially to stay put.

    Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gentoo View Post
    Is that legal? We have a rental property in Qld and while the property manager recommends an amount for rental increases, we have to decide and sign off on the actual amount.

    FWIW, we've refused their recommendations a couple of times and told them not to increase the rent, because we didn't want to upset our good tenants. Having the property empty for just one a week in a year would cost us far more than their recommended increase of $5 a week.
    Have no idea if it's legal... Just know that it happened! Since when are property managers sticklers for the rules!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gentoo View Post
    Is that legal? We have a rental property in Qld and while the property manager recommends an amount for rental increases, we have to decide and sign off on the actual amount.

    FWIW, we've refused their recommendations a couple of times and told them not to increase the rent, because we didn't want to upset our good tenants. Having the property empty for just one a week in a year would cost us far more than their recommended increase of $5 a week.
    At all of the real estate offices I've worked at the landlords have to sign the rent increase form and opt whether to increase the rent by the recommended amount. The rent increase isn't put in place until the landlord has authorised it.

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