Holiday letting – another nail in the coffin

Posted by John Reid  /   June 28, 2012  /   Posted in Articles, Caretaking and Letting  /   No Comments

Many investors have been finding that the return from holiday letting their apartments does not match the return that they would achieve from long term rentals.

Whilst there are times when the returns for holiday rentals are high eg Christmas and holiday periods, the net return over a full year is often a disappointment to owners. Fees and charges associated with holiday letting are high and the upcoming hike in electricity charges will be the final straw for many investors.

Owners who use holiday letting pay for all electricity charges. However, if they rent their apartments out with a long term lease, the tenants pay for the electricity.

Electricity providers are writing to owners advising of the increases in charges. One such provider clearly blames “the impact of the Federal Government’s carbon price” as one of the factors influencing the increases.

Astute owners will be doing their sums and many will be making the decision to take their units out of the holiday pool and rent them out on a long term basis. This will be a huge blow to Caretakers who rely on holiday lettings in Body Corporate Communities.


The opinions expressed in this article are personal commentaries and not intended in to be legal advice in any way. I have spent many years participating on a number of different Body Corporate Committees and provide an owner’s perspective on Body Corporate issues. For more visit my AboutMe page If you have any concerns or comments about any of the issues that are raised in these articles please use the form below to contact me.

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