Property management fees in WA demystified

Property Management Fees in Perth, WA

A simple guide to Perth property management fees

Updated 11 January 2023.

When considering using a rental manager, the first thing many landlords research is property management fees.

After all, your investment property is an income stream — and a good Perth property management company like We Love Rentals shouldn’t eat into your rental yields.

However, figuring out how much you’ll have to spend can be easier said than done. Many agencies who offer rental management hide unexpected fees in the fine print, or itemise every cost down to the last paperclip!

In this blog, we’ll break down common property management fee structures used by many agencies in Perth, Western Australia, to help you make an informed decision:

  1. non-inclusive, itemised fees
  2. “all-inclusive” fees (but not always…) 
  3. the We Love Rentals fee structure.
A landlord discussing fees with their property manager
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Commonly itemised property management fees in WA

Traditionally, many rental property managers itemise their services and charge each item individually. 

Landlords may be charged a fee for:

  • management – usually a percentage of rent collected, but some agencies charge a percentage of all money collected, which can mean extra every time your tenant pays a bill!
  • letting/leasing (often 2-4 weeks rent)
  • advertising/marketing 
  • pre-letting inspection and mandatory Property Condition Report (up to $450)
  • routine inspections (up to 4 per annum) and reports 
  • final inspections and bond reports
  • lease renewal (often 1-2 weeks rent)
  • administration fees
  • annual tax statements.

Because every tenancy is different, you can’t know upfront what services you’ll need or the property management costs. You can, however, pay attention to what items you’ve agreed to pay for, and the fees for each item.

Fees can easily eat into your rental yield, so you must make sure you’re not paying over the odds. Click the following link to learn more ideas on how to increase your rental yield.

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Many agencies here in Perth, WA charge these management fees:

“All-inclusive” property management fees (but are they really…?)

Many real estate agencies offer an “all-inclusive” management fee, charging a percentage of rent (or money collected) as high as 11%. In theory, this covers everything including your leasing fees.

In reality, it’s difficult for every aspect of property management to be covered by a single fee. 

A management fee outside regular management can spring up, for example for: 

  • court appearances 
  • any extra advertising/marketing 
  • processing insurance claims
  • inspecting work by tradespeople

Clarify whether these items are ‘extras’ and whether you’ll be hit with ongoing fees, or you’ll end up paying more than you bargained for!

So, what fees do we charge at We Love Rentals? 

We Love Rentals has a team of experienced property managers dealing with rental properties only. We don’t sell real estate – we’re not real estate agents. We understand that you want value when paying for property management services. You want transparency about costs. Learn more about the benefits of using a property manager.

We’re proud to say our property management fees are truly all-inclusive we charge three fees only. These are:

1. Letting Fee

A letting fee covers the cost of finding new tenants and is fixed throughout the letting process. It includes:

  • professional photography of your vacant property
  • featuring your property on multiple sites: e.g.,
  • vetting applicants via all three leading tenancy databases 
  • the initial property condition report
  • all activities needed to find your ideal tenant (for example, home-opens to find and interview prospective tenants)

On that last point, we must stress the importance of securing good long term tenants to guarantee cash flow and help protect your investment’s resale value.

“We Love Rentals have been patient and discerning of potential tenants for my new investment property. I got regular feedback about applicants and their fee system is simplified so there are no hidden costs.” – Terry Selton, Landlord

2. Management Fee

Our management fee will cover ongoing administration costs and everything, from quarterly property inspections, arranging repairs and maintenance, down to postage and administration. 

It also pays for services like:

  • processing insurance claims
  • repairs and maintenance duties
  • searching tenancy databases
  • attending strata meetings
  • preparing statements / EOFY summaries. 

We charge one flat management fee so you won’t have unexpected costs!

“We have used cheaper agencies in the past, with the result being their staff are overworked, and don’t have the time to undertake tasks in a professional, timely manner. Having said that We Love Rentals is very reasonably priced in the leasing market, with exceptional service provided.” – Nick & Trace, Landlords

3. Fee for Court Appearances

Even with the best intentions in the world, sometimes there’s no way to avoid disputes with tenants. If you need us to appear in court for you, this fee will cover court fees and your property manager’s time. You can find more information on applying for a court hearing and dispute in Western Australia here.

What do we recommend?

We might be biased, but we think our rental property management fee structure is one of the best in the business – as our clients always know what to expect. 

Each month you’ll know what is going into your account, and when. (Mortgage stress, begone!) 

If you like to keep things simple and know where you stand, why not email us or give us a call on (08) 6254 6300 to chat about managing your property? 

Brendan and Janine in our management team would love to talk to you!

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I am the licensee of We Love Rentals and provide support to the team whenever needed. I began my real estate career over two decades years ago. While I loved seeing people achieve their dream of a new home for their family, I kept thinking that there had to be a better way of doing real estate – one with respect for the long term benefit of the client and one that focuses on customer satisfaction.