Key Post: Tips from existing investors.



Tips for investors

Don't mess tenants around - they are paying high rents, they deserve a good service.

Get a list of contact eg. plumber, electrician, etc. etc that you trust and give this to the tenants in the event of an emergency so they can contact directly if need be.

Also get a "good" deposit eg. 1 month and 1 month in advance


Re: Tips from existing investors

<!--EZCODE ITALIC START--> Tips for vetting prospective tenants from<!--EZCODE ITALIC END--> <!--EZCODE BOLD START--> madman<!--EZCODE BOLD END-->:

Advertise in Evening Herald - reasonably cheap.
Get 3 references - Bank, previous landlord and work.
Verify the references - ring the referees and check that the references are genuine.
Ask their current landlord why they are leaving.
Talk to the tenants and try to sound them out - down to intuition really.
Ask them why they are leaving their current landlord - make sure the answer matches the one the landlord gave you.
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Get a tight letting agreement drawn up.
Visit the property regularly to check on it (quarterly).


check out the neighbours

Originally posted by 'Gary'

Dear all

We often worry about good tenants but take it from me check out the neighbours !!!

I have a lovely house and reasonable tenants but one particular neighbour has made their lives hell accusing them of all sorts of things so much that the tenant is moving on , I dread to think of what they'll do to the next one

So take care


Re: How to check out rental value of investment property

advice from bringroyback

A simple bit of market research should help. Consider placing an ad in the Herald/Indo or for higher price brackets the Times. If someone rings up just tell them its gone. Ads usually run for 3 days and are an excellent gauge of your potential market. Place on ad on as well. I did this before I bought an investment property 2 years ago and I got about 20 calls. It cost me about 30 quid to put an ad in the Herald!

Sarah Wellband

Avoiding disputes at the end of a tenancy/life cover

Either photogragh or video the interior of the house at the start of the tenancy to keep a record of the state of repair so that you can identify any damage at the end.

Also if you have a mortgage do not assign life cover to the lender as the mortgage would be automatically cleared in the event of death. If your partner/estate wanted to keep the investment the interest relief would be lost.



Re: Avoiding disputes at the end of a tenancy/life cover

Hi Sarah,

I don't understand your point about the life insurance. How would the mortgage be automatically cleared, and how would it affect your estate?


Sarah Wellband

Life cover

Hi Rory,

If a life assurance is legally assigned to a lender and the borrower dies the death benefit is paid directly to the lender to clear the mortgage. If the deceased's partner/estate decided to keep the investment property rather than sell it the main "allowable expense" - the mortgage interest - would no longer exist.

Kind regards,



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when you first do up the house its handy to use an easy to find colour. if you go off and use some interesting shade of orange its likely that when the time comes for a repaint that you wont be able to get the exact shade again-so you'll have to repaint the whole room instead of just patching with the original colour.

also, if its a new property in an estate you should ask the builder what exact colours were used externally- just so you wont have to spend a week comparing dulux cards to the original colour.



I have recently been vetting tenants for a house for the first time...baptism of fire...

Here are a few suggestions :

1. Advertising in Irish Times is expensive (€117 for 4 days) compared with Independent and Herald (€52 for 3 days for both). I got more calls from the Herald than anything else. Nothing from IT.

2. was ok. A few enquiries but at least it was free.

2. Watch out for tenants in a panic! They want to see the house immediately but are not listening and eyes are glazed over when you are describing the bits and bobs.

3. Watch out for people getting separated and want it in a hurry. I rang one person back about some details and was told that they were living happily ever after again!

4. I am wary about rent allowance. I had never heard of the generosity of the State before this. But if it does not cover the full rent, is a single mother/father going to let his/her kids starve or not pay your rent. Poor publicity if you want to get them out.

5. I'm not overly bothered about people who are picky, at least they care.

Anyway, that's my two cents.