Stage 4 Restrictions FAQs

With Stage 4 restrictions in Melbourne approaching the halfway point, we answer below the most frequently asked questions from our clients. 

Can my tenant still give notice to vacate under current restrictions?

Yes! Tenants are permitted to give notice to vacate. 

Can I advertise my property for lease under current restrictions?

Yes! We are still able to advertise your property online and seek interest from prospective tenants. 

Can a tenant move during restrictions?

Yes! Tenants can move to a new house under the Stay at Home orders. 

Can prospective tenants inspect a property during current restrictions?

Open for inspections and “in person” private inspections are not allowed. However virtual inspections are allowed. 

What is a virtual inspection?

At LongView we are conducting virtual inspections for all properties that are available to lease. When a tenant enquires about your property, we call them immediately to arrange a time for the inspection. We send them a Zoom link and we go to the property at an agreed time.  We show them around the property using Zoom whilst they are at home and answer any questions that they might have. In some cases, we will have multiple people online inspecting the property with us at the dedicated time. 

Are there still tenants looking for properties now?

We are seeing a reduction in tenant enquiry across Melbourne because of the stay at home restrictions. However, there are still tenants in the market for a new home.  As we approach the end of the restrictions, we anticipate that enquiry level will continue to increase. In the meantime, we are making sure that we have 360 tours on all property adverts and are calling all tenants who enquire to arrange a virtual inspection 

As an owner, can I visit my property during Stage 4?

Only if it is required for urgent maintenance. Otherwise, we can arrange a face time call to you when the exit inspection is carried out. 

Can I have services such as maintenance and cleaning done to improve the property for leasing?

Yes, these services are allowed for vacant properties.  Where possible, a key safe is placed at the property to enable ease of access to these trades and negates the need for them to collect keys from the office.  All the companies we are using are adhering to the strict protocols. 

Can I increase the rent on my rental property?

Unfortunately rent increases are not allowed currently until after December 31st, 2020. 

Can I issue a notice to vacate to my tenant for non-payment of rent?

The moratorium on evictions of tenants has been extended to 31st December 2020. For further information about your individual situation please contact your LongView property manager. 

Can I sell my property during current restrictions?

Yes. You may list your property for sale however all sales inspections have to be conducted virtually and your sales agent is not allowed to attend the property. We expect that when Stage 4 restrictions are eased private inspections will be once again allowed 

Can I move back into my property?

Providing correct notice is given then a landlord may still move back into their property. For further information about your individual situation please contact your LongView property manager. 

Is LongView office still open and can I still contact my property manager?

Yes! Whilst our office is not physically open, all our staff are working remotely. You can contact us on our office phone number or your property manager’s mobile.  We would love to hear from you so please feel free to reach out if there is anything you need.