Landlord F.A.Q

Landlords
Q.
How are prospective tenants qualified?
A.
Our property management staff work hard at finding the best tenant in the shortest amount of time. Once an application has been submitted, tenant checks are performed including checks through REIWA’s National Tenancy Database and all rental references are carefully followed up.
Q.
Who chooses the tenant?
A.
Once the Property Manager has reference checked all prospective tenants, final approval is then sought from the owner.
Q.
How often will you inspect my property?
A.
An initial inspection is carried out after 6 weeks of a new tenant moving in. Ongoing inspections are then conducted every 3 months. A full quarterly inspection report is submitted to both the owner and the tenant detailing the condition of the property and noting any maintenance which may need to be carried out. We have access to a reliable network of tradespeople who carry out repairs.
Q.
Who pays the water bill?
A.
There are 2 types of water charges. An annual service charge or “water rates” which are payable by the owner(s) for the supply of water and for sewerage and drainage services. The second is water consumption. This is determined by the meter reading and is normally the responsibility of the tenant. The tenant can be required to pay 100% of water consumed however some landlords offer to pay a percentage of the bill to cover the cost of maintaining lawns and gardens. Any such arrangement will be made in writing as part of the tenancy agreement.
Q.
Do I need extra insurance for my investment property?
A.
There are several types of insurance that owners should consider for all rental properties including Building, Contents, Public/Legal Laibility, Strata Insurance and Landlord Protection Insurance. Details on all these types of insurance and their benefits can be obtained from our property management team.
Q.
Do I need to aircondition my property?
A.
Yes. The climate in Port Hedland means that all rental properties need to have functioning, well maintained airconditioning throughout. Jan Ford Real Estate are not able to manage any property which is not adequately airconditioned. The harsh climate in Port Hedland often means that the lifespan of airconditioning units can be limited compared to other areas. We strongly recommend that airconditioners are serviced on a yearly basis and that all airconditioning maintenance issues be attended to as quickly as possible to avoid a small issue becoming a large one.
Q.
Why are our rents so high?
A.
Put simply, the present supply of rental properties available is low while the demand for them is high.

The Town of Port Hedland was gazetted in 1896 however Iron Ore mining did not commence in Port Hedland untill the late 1960’s. At that time Port Hedland had 300 houses and a population of 650 people.

In the 1970’s 50,000,000 tonnes (that’s fifty million tonnes!) of iron ore were exported each year. At that time the Town had 5,600 dwellings and a population of 12,000 people. The average house value was $25,000 and people paid $50 rent per week.

The Port currently exports 220,000,000 tonnes (that’s two hundred and twenty million tonnes) of iron ore each year. At this time we have only 6,000 dwellings, a population of 12,000 people PLUS a population 28,000 Fly In Fly Out workers. The average house value is $1,000,000 and people pay an average of $2,000 rent per week.

It is anticipated that from 2015 we will see 495,000,000 tonnes (that’s almost half a BILLION tonnes) of iron ore exported each year. It is unknown how many dwellings or what the permanent population will be when that time arrives.

Key Dates and Figures

1896

  • • The Town of Port Hedland is gazetted

1960’s

  • • Iron Ore mining commences in Port Hedland
  • • 300 houses
  • • 650 population

1970’s

    • 50,000,000 tonnes of iron ore exported each year
    • 5,600 dwellings
    • 12,000 population
    • House Value $25,000
    • Rent per Week $50

2012

    • 220,000,000 tonnes iron ore exported each year
    • 6,000 dwellings
    • 12,000 population
    • FIFO population 28,000 (estimate)
    • House Value $1,000,000
    • Rent per Week $2,000

2015

    • 495,000,000 tonnes iron ore exported each year
    • ? dwellings
    • ? population