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The year that was: Top 10 stories of 2015

31 December 2015 Jay Garcia

While there were various examples of property managers reprimanded for bad behaviour, RPM decided to focus on the positive news stories of 2015.

This year saw creative directors excelling in growth and marketing, property managers sharing valuable advice, and industry warnings regarding broken leases, fraud and arrears.

So the biggest stories of the year were…

10. Tribunal backs PM over racked-up rental arrears


A tribunal hearing ruled in favour of a property manager and landlord following their tenant’s failure to pay rent, despite the fact she and her family had lived on the property for 15 years.

9. ATO cracking down on fraudulent landlords

After the Australian Taxation Office highlighted key areas of concern, property managers were reminded about how they can assist clients with rental property deductions.

8. Warning for PMs: Tenants can break some rental agreements

A tribunal allowed a tenant to terminate her rental agreement citing that the property was not in ‘good repair’.

7. Four mistakes principals make when hiring

Real estate recruitment experts share the most common mistakes principals and HR managers make when bringing new people into the business.

6. How many pages are your condition reports?

A Sydney agency has developed a thorough process for creating in-going condition reports in order to eliminate rental bond disputes.

5. Three mistakes that lose you tenants

Since tenants are paramount to property management, two principals highlight the key mistakes that often end in vacate notices.

4. No overheads: Property management can work remotely

Rosalie Douglas has been running her property management agency for over nine years without a shopfront, handling a staff of seven with 200 properties under management.

3. Four errors that drive landlords out the door

Three industry figures explore the most damaging way property managers can lose clients and reduce their rent rolls.

2. Cheeky PM advertising takes off

One Western Australian agency has found online success by adopting an unconventional marketing campaign that satirises grumpy PMs, dodgy tenants and unreasonable landlords.

1. Young gun PM running agency at 22 years old

One creative director shares her advice on how she was able to build a rent roll of over 180 properties within a few brief months at the tender age of 22.


The year that was: Top 10 stories of 2015
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