Renting can allow for more flexibility and the freedom to change homes as needs change, in comparison to owning a home.
However, sometimes it can be difficult to make changes to suit the household’s lifestyle – and that can include ensuring that the home is sufficiently heated to be liveable.
With both record winter and vacancy rate lows being experienced across much of Australia, the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) and Tenancy Skills Institute (TSI) have teamed up to launch a guide to negotiating a better deal for renters.
REIA President Hayden Groves said that the keys to upgrading the thermal efficiency in a rental home are research and clear communication between tenant and property manager.
“Most property owners will be happy to improve the temperate comfort of their investment but need the right information when assessing it”, Groves said.
“I encourage tenants to do some research, collect the information and collaboratively approach your property manager with well-considered plan.
“Some media reports have focused on renter reluctance to request better heating for fear of repercussion. This resource helps tenants overcome this and gives a step-by-step guide on how to best achieve their desired outcome.”
Tenancy Skills Institute CEO Paul Tommasini noted that tenants are taught in the course that communication with their property manager or property owner is key to a successful tenancy.
“Most property managers and tenants want the same thing – a stress-free and sustainable tenancy”, Tommasini said.
“Negotiating a better heating solution can mean everyone wins. The tenant is more comfortable in their home and the property owner improves the value of the asset and made at a small increase to the rent to help cover the costs”, he concluded.
‘Negotiating a Better Deal’ can be accessed from the real estate institute website.