Why are Property Management Fees in Western Australia So High?

Landlords living outside WA usually engage a property manager to look after their rental property. 

And, they want this service to be excellent value for money!

This blog aims to demystify the difference in property management fees in WA versus the rest of Australia.

We’ll also share tips on how to get a better deal.

Property investors looking at their rental management fee structure
Property management fees vary greatly across the country, and you need to do your due diligence.


WA Property Management Fees Compared to the Rest of Australia

According to realestate.com, the average property management fee across Australia is 7.5% of gross weekly rental income. 

Related: Perth’s best suburbs for investors.

Yet management fee percentages vary hugely by state, within states/cities, and from agency to agency. Industry experts report fees ranging from 5% to 15%. 


source: Realestate.com

In Western Australia, average management fees are 8.7%. Owners from states where fees are typically under 6% often query this, initially. 


Why is WA More Expensive for Property Management?

One reason for the difference is that agencies everywhere have similar overheads, but rents (which fees are based on) vary significantly by locality. 

Properties in some areas are also more labour-intensive for agencies to manage — for example, those with many older high-maintenance properties, or big distances to travel between properties.

Other reasons include:

  • management services range from “all-inclusive” to “no frills” — fees reflect this
  • letting fees (charged for finding tenants) may be anywhere from one to four weeks’ rent — low management fees often mean higher letting fees.

Perth’s 8.7% property management fees may seem high compared to the 5.8% typically charged in NSW, yet some WA owners actually pay less in dollar terms here, due to lower rents and negotiable packages. 

So, evaluate what’s on offer and look for the best deal!


Tips for Getting a Better Deal on Property Management Fees

A ‘good deal’ is a package offering the services you want, for a fair price. So think about what matters to you when comparing fees.

And remember, the devil’s in the detail! Go through what’s offered line-by-line to make meaningful comparisons.

Always ask:

  • what services are included and excluded
  • what any service not included will cost e.g. court appearances
  • why the service offers valuefor example, below-average vacancy days, or above-average rent collection
  • who will look after youwe recommend you look for long-term, qualified staff and a dedicated property manager allocated to you
  • how many properties they managetoo many can mean you get scant attention.

Several agencies have 150 properties per property manager. One difference at We Love Rentals is that portfolios are capped at 80 properties per manager.

We put service first – for both landlords and tenants.

Some agencies will try to win your business with discount fees. Always ask exactly what is included! 

“No frills” management packages often mean fewer inspections — a risky strategy for any landlord, let alone those living interstate.

Even with high-fee agencies, check their customer reviews — happy clients are the best recommendation!


What to Expect from We Love Rentals

We Love Rentals is a specialist property management agency. We pride ourselves on reducing risk and value-adding for our clients.

Our inclusive property management fee structure has been complimented by many of our owners for its simplicity.

We have two fees:

  1. Management fee
  2. Letting fee

Here’s a breakdown of what each cost includes.

Our management fee covers:

  • collecting rent 
  • quarterly inspections
  • obtaining quotes 
  • arranging repairs/maintenance
  • administration/EOFY summaries
  • handling tenant enquiries 
  • managing insurance claims
  • strata liaison.


Our letting fee covers:

  • photographing/advertising/showing the property
  • vetting applicants
  • recommending tenants
  • preparing leases 
  • collecting/processing bond/initial rent
  • ingoing Property Condition Reports.


So Where to from Here?

Keep things simple! Start your search by talking to our experienced property management specialists at We Love Rentals. 

We are dedicated to enhancing the properties we manage — we understand they may be your most valuable asset or even your own home!

Why not email us or call (08) 6254 6300 to chat about managing your property? Our property management team would love to help!

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.