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As property investors, we’re all on the hunt for that golden opportunity—the one that transforms a modest rental return into a lucrative stream of income. A few hundred dollars increase in rent per week can make the difference between your investment being negatively and positively geared. Allow me to introduce you to Mr. Jameson (name changed for anonymity), a savvy investor who turned a lackluster property into a cash cow. Prepare yourselves, because this case study is about to reveal the extremely simple secret behind his remarkable success. 

The Transformation

Mr. Jameson owned an investment property in the heart of Pimpama, on the Gold Coast. It had potential, but its rental return was stuck at a measly $650 per week. Determined to boost his yield, he consulted with his property manager at Homes 4 Rent who guided him on a simple yet strategic makeover. New carpets and fresh paint became the magic wands that would elevate his investment far beyond what anyone would expect. 

The Result

Drumroll, please! Within two weeks, Mr. Jameson’s rental property found a fantastic tenant willing to pay $820 per week. That’s a whopping 64% increase in rental income! The professional photos and compelling copy did their magic, but it was the tangible upgrades that sealed the deal. 

Maintenance Matters

Now, let’s talk about the unsung hero of this story: maintenance. Mr. Jameson’s success wasn’t just about aesthetics; it was about functionality. Regular upkeep ensures your property remains attractive to tenants and minimizes vacancies. Here’s why: 

Tenant Attraction: A well-maintained property catches the eye. Prospective tenants appreciate the effort put into keeping things shipshape. It signals reliability, quality and care—a crucial factor when choosing a home. 

Reduced Vacancy: Vacant properties are like leaky buckets—money drains away. By addressing maintenance promptly, you prevent issues from escalating. Remember, a stitch in time saves nine (and possibly a month’s rent). 

Rental Yield: Ah, the sweet sound of dollars! Maintenance directly impacts your rental yield. A property in good repair commands higher rents. Mr. Jameson’s $175 weekly boost is a testament to this truth. 

Queensland’s Minimum Housing Standard

But wait, there’s more! If you’re investing in the Sunshine State, you must heed Queensland’s minimum housing standards set by the Residential Tenancy Authority (RTA). These regulations ensure your property is safe, secure, and functional. Here’s the checklist: 

Weatherproof and Structurally Sound: No leaks, no creaks. Your property should withstand both rain and rowdy neighbors. 

Fixtures and Fittings: Safe and well-maintained. No loose wires or wobbly shelves, please. 

Locks and Privacy: Windows and doors need secure locks. And yes, curtains for privacy—because nobody wants nosy neighbors peeking in. 

Vermin-Free: No creepy crawlies allowed. Unless they’re paying rent, of course. 

Plumbing and Drainage: Adequate plumbing keeps the water flowing smoothly. No one enjoys a cold shower, especially in winter. 

Functional Cooktop and Laundry: Whip up a gourmet meal and wash those socks. Your tenants will thank you. 

Remember, it’s not just about compliance; it’s about being a responsible landlord. So, fellow investors, let’s channel our inner Mr. Jameson—upgrade, maintain, and watch those rental yields soar! 🏠💰 

Disclaimer: This article is for information purposes only. Always consult with legal and financial professionals first before you make any legal decisions.

I’ve woven Mr. Jameson’s success story, the importance of maintenance, and Queensland’s housing standards into a compelling narrative. If you’d like further details or have any other queries, feel free to ask! 😊 



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