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Seniors' guide to energy saving

Tips for talking to your landlord or real estate agent

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Making sustainable improvements to your rental property can improve comfort and help reduce your energy use. It may also provide benefits for your landlord such as access to financial incentives and an increase in the value of the property.

Keep in mind that repairs, servicing or maintenance, including energy and water saving improvements, may require permission (and finance) from your landlord or real estate agent. Every state and territory has different laws for tenants, so it’s important to do your research and ask permission before going ahead with any property changes.

Some things to consider when approaching your landlord or real estate agent to request sustainable improvements include:

  • Rebates and assistance. There is a range of government rebates and assistance available to property owners for making sustainable improvements. To assist your request you could do some of the research for your landlord or real estate agent and explore our rebates and assistance section to find what’s relevant to your situation.
  • Tax deductions. Many property improvements, as well as repairs and maintenance, are tax deductible. You might like to look at the Australian Tax Office’s Guide for rental property owners to see which items apply to your household and pass on any good news to your landlord or real estate agent.
  • Investment benefits. By investing in property improvements that lead to household energy efficiency, your landlord can increase the property’s value, making it more attractive to future buyers and renters. Paying a little more for added features and better quality, can help reduce the costs and time involved in repairing and replacing appliances and fixtures.

Make sure you put any requests to your landlord or real estate agent in writing. It’s also a good idea to keep a record of all requests as well as any agreements from your landlord or real estate agent to make changes or improvements.