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Landlord or Tenant – Who’s Responsible? Digital TV Antennas for Rental Properties

The Australian Federal Government is preparing to shut down analogue television broadcasts in favour of digital. So what are the legal obligations a lessor must meet to ensure the rental property’s antenna can pick up digital signals? The answer to this question is not clear cut.

Under the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 lessors must ensure the premises and inclusions are maintained “in good repair”. What this means is that if lessors have provided a television antenna that receives transmissions at the start of the tenancy, then that should be maintained throughout the entire occupancy. This however does not necessarily mean that the lessor must automatically upgrade systems or include enhancements such as cable installations.

According to the Australian Federal Government’s digital ready website – www.digitalready.gov.au, many existing antennas will be able to receive digital transmissions without any problem. In some cases, an antenna will need to be upgraded because the new digital channels are in a new frequency band or because the antenna is older or not in good condition.

For existing tenancies, if an antenna cannot receive digital signals and the analogue service is to be turned off, the most appropriate option is for the parties involved to negotiate about the enhancement or replacement of the antenna.

Ultimately, if no agreement can be reached and a tenant considers there has been a breach of the agreement, then they can apply for dispute resolution assistance and if unresolved an application can be made to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal for a decision about the matter.

For more information, click here.

Source: www.rta.gov.com.au

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Easy Guide To Freshen Up Your Painting Gear Before you Freshen up Your Home

Before putting your property on the market be sure to freshen up the paint work it will pay $$ you dividends at sale time!

Like many people you’re probably sick of shelling out good money on painting gear everytime you undertake a DIY project.

Quality brushes are expensive and are not designed for one use, however most DIYers don’t use them often enough to keep them in good condition.

Dried-out brushes can be restored by immersing them in hot vinegar, whilst errant bristles can be encouraged to return to their proper place with the following spray. Dissolve a heaped teaspoon of vegetable gelatine in a cup of boiling water, add one teaspoon of sugar and stir until the gelatine melts, cool and store in a spray bottle. Spray the brush head with the mixture, smoothing and leaving to dry.

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Bring The Outside In to Achieve More When Selling Your Home

Taking advantage of your outside space and turning it into a fantastic entertainment area is one way of adding appeal and value to your home. Not only will such an area enhance your family lifestyle but it can really boost your property value.

Entertaining is so much easier if you have the space for a dedicated entertainment area. Often it can be a paved and covered B.B.Q. area, screen enclosure or poolside pergola. These features can enhance your property’s appeal, making it easier to sell and often adding value.

Some properties offer fantastic opportunities to create such a space either by design, layout or garden privacy. Often a quiet corner nook can be transformed into a paved, leafy entertainment area.

Tips for creating your outdoor entertainment area include:

  • Connect indoor and outdoor areas by using complementary colour schemes.
  • Use similar flooring inside and out to give the “feel” of connection.
  • Avoid “bulky” furniture layouts
  • Consider easily stored cube styled seating for when you have “extra” guests.
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The Latest Data on the Real Estate Market for Brisbane and Across the Nation


The media constantly make suggestions as the market conditions, I have included a link here to the latest Herron Todd White real estate market report so you can find out the facts! They provide unbiased information and include a reminder as the end of financial year approaches to consider getting your Tax Depreciation Schedules done on any income producing properties – and it may also pay to consider if you should be getting an insurance valuation (including any plant and machinery) for particularly rural and commercial operations.

It is always a good read.




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Ipswich Residents to Pay Flood Levy

IPSWICH residents will pay a 38 cents a week flood levy from July to help the council rebuild the city following the devastating January flood.

Mayor Paul Pisasale this morning handed down his council’s budget which included an average rate rise of 3.52 per cent, or 71 cents per week, for owner occupiers. About 1.88 per cent of that, or 38 cents a week, will go directly towards flood recovery, Cr Pisasale said. “Without the flood and the anticipated additional repair costs over and above that funded from state and federal fund, the general rates increase would have been 33 cents per week or 1.64 per cent,” he said. The floods cost Ipswich City Council about $120 million and Cr Pisasale said the extra 38 cents per week would help council borrow $28 million specifically for flood repair works.

The average residential general rate overall has increased by 4.9 per cent to $1053.04 or $1403.34 including levies and charges.

Source: Courier Mail, Sarah Vogler, June 27 2011.

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