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Leasing your investment property during the Coronavirus emergency

Information as of the 15th April 2020

At Barry Plant, we understand that Landlords still need the assistance of a managing agent to help them with locating suitable tenants and oversee the management of their investment properties. We are open for business and here to help you – but we are doing things differently. We have a range of technology solutions in place as part of our plan to provide our clients with an elevated level of service no matter where they are located.

Appraising your rental property

The best way to give you an informed opinion on what rental income you may achieve is to physically attend your rental property. Of course we will take the utmost care with hygiene and social distancing and will ensure that our property manager is feeling well and has no reason to suspect that they may have been exposed to the Coronavirus. We will also be asking you or any occupant if they have any reason to believe you may have been exposed to the virus before we attend.

If the property is currently vacant we can collect the keys and complete a thorough appraisal of the property, and discuss your needs via facetime or zoom. If you are presently occupying your property, we many ask you to provide us with a video tour of the interior as well as providing us with recent photos. Our years of local experience, plus the property databases that we have access to will allow us to provide you with an estimation of what your property might rent for in the current market.

The best option is for you to give us a call so we can work out what method you are comfortable with.

Marketing your investment property

It’s important that good visual information on your property is available to attract the interest of renters. Ideally a professional photographer should take high quality photos and we can also arrange for a 360 degree virtual tour. We would then promote your property across a range of mediums including our database of qualified tenants, top real estate websites and social media.

Safe, secure e-document signing

Our property management offices are quipped to provide all relevant documents, such as the managing authority and landlord’s instruction form to you in an electronic method for signing.

Can a prospective tenant view my property in person?

We are able to organise private inspections of your rental property. Appointments are made and only the property manager and one other person may enter the property at a time.

We strongly recommend that all prospective tenants view photos first so they can be sure that your property will meet their requirements before organising a private appointment.

What about the risk of exposure to Coronavirus during a private inspection?

The health and safety of our teams, our clients and the general community are vitally important to us. Before someone is allowed to attend an appointment they are asked to confirm that they are well and that they have no reason to believe they have been exposed to the Coronavirus. Your agent will also need to confirm that they are well and not a risk. We will have hand sanitiser available for use before entering and after leaving your property. The potential tenant is instructed not to touch anything while in the house and the recommended social distancing is maintained at all times. If you have any other requirements, we would be happy to discuss.

Why ask Barry Plant to lease my property?

Since the Coronavirus affected Wuhan in China we have been planning for a time when it could reach Australia (but hoping it wouldn’t.) So we have all the systems and procedures in place to make it possible to lease your rental property while still adhering to all the limitations that are necessarily now in place.

We are Victoria’s most successful real estate group, managing over 34,000 rental properties. Our team of property managers are highly trained and committed to providing the best property management services available.

We are here to help you – both with information on our property management services and how we can assist in the leasing your investment property, but also if you need other support during this time, call your local office and they will see if they can help you out.