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UPDATE | QLD Emergency Rental Assistance Payment

Just a quick update folks! There’s been some changes since we released today’s episode. The Queensland government had set up a grant program that offers an emergency rental assistance payment of up to $500 a week, for up to four weeks, for Queenslanders who cannot make rent. We thought it’s critical that we let you know about this considering it’s related to today’s episode on Landlords vs Tenants.

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Episode 278 | Coronavirus: Landlords vs Tenants

Landlords vs Tenants.” Has this become the Unspoken Virus as the current pandemic escalates and more folks lostheir jobs, fall into financial distress and struggle to pay rent? 

Well, to answer this question, let’s talk about the myths and misinformation out there. 

Because we want to set the record straight in order to help BOTH landlords and tenants navigate what is a difficult time for all of us. 

Because, YES, there’s a whole lot of folks out there who are doing it really tough right now and we by no means want to understate this. We understand the severity of the situation. And we understand that there is NO “landlord vs. tenant” argument — because, realistically, there are no winners in this. 

Equally, we also know that the majority of investors only have ONE investment property and only the minority out there are super cash-flushed. Most of us are everyday Australians simply trying to self-fund…  

Put another way investors ie. landlords also feeling the hit with job losses and reduced income like everyone else. And we want do whatever we can to assist the community, but the fact is most of us can’t afford to bear the cost of having reduced or no rental income while still needing to cover mortgage repaymentstax commitments and repairs and maintenance. Most of us aren’t in a position to shoulder the responsibility if rent stops coming in because, as we explained in last week’s episode the “6month holiday” on your home loan, while helpful to those under duress, is merely a temporary freeze, which you will then have to make up for further down the track. 

So, in this episode, we want to share some ideas of what we think both the Federal AND State and Territory Governments need to do in order to step up and help all of us who are affected here. 

Again, WERE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER… and it’s wise we take a look at both sides of the equation… for Landlords AND Tenants. 

So, let’s get into the nitty gritty, debunk the myths and offer some useful solutions that could be beneficial for everyone. 

 

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What we Talk About in Today’s Episode: 

  • Why are Landlords and Tenants  in this together? 
  • Our ideas to help them BOTH 
  • Our Top Advice for Property Investors About Rent Reductions 
  • The Types of Landlords 
  • What’s NEW and What’s NOT New with tenancy hardship agreements? 
  • Misinformation about Landlords 
  • What monetary relief is available for tenants right now? 
  • Job Keeper” vs. “Job Seeker” Payments 
  • What happens to an investor’s Landlord Protection Policy if you drop your rent? 
  • How long will your Landlord Protection Policy cover you for? 
  • What do you need to show to claim tenancy hardship? 
  • Rental relief package for landlords… 
  • What is Centrepay, and who is eligible for it? 
  • Ideas around tax depreciation that could help during the COVID-19 crisis 
  • How are property managers helping tenants during financial hardship? 
  • What are the ramifications for landlords? 
  • What should you do if you don’t have a tax depreciation schedule? 
  • Claiming tax refund early 
  • What would we like to see at a Federal Level? 
  • What would we like to see at a state and territory level? 
  • What is PICA doing to help Landlords during the time of COVID-19? 
  • Is there an option to switching to interest only? 

Episode 277 | Coronavirus & Property FAQ

There’s been a lot of questions coming in about the coronavirus and its implications to the property market, the finance sector and the economy at large — particularly in direct response to the higher levels of social distancing regulations we’re now seeing and its flowon effect to unemployment and how we transact property. 

Sotoday we’re answering a whole heap of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about how COVID-19 affects you as a property investor, a home owner, a first home buyeror someone who’s in fortunate circumstances to take action on the opportunity. 

‘Cos, let’s be real folks… if youre dining out on the news cycleits a very scary place out there!! 

Again, we must repeat… our message of calm remains…. but we’re going to dig even deeper into what we’re starting to see as this pandemic unfolds. 

As well as answering a whole lot of your questions (all of them listed below), we’re ALSO going to give you some Frameworks and Tips to support you during this time so you’re prepared, have the RIGHT knowledge behind you and can navigate the “new world” we’re all now living through! 

We touch on it in today’s episode, but just in case you need a recap… folks are likely to fall into ONE of TWO categories during this time… 

  1. Take Action Club – This is a small percentage of folks who are ready to take action based on their individual circumstances (please seek professional advice before you do this) 
  1. Money Management” Club – The vast majority of folks will sit here and during this moment-in-time of uncertainty, should focus on the gaps in their money management 

  

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And here are the Questions!

Question about “Investor & Tenant Relief” from Greg: 
Any talk from the banks/government on providing relief to Investors on investment lending so as to enable them to provide relief to tenants who find themselves in financial trouble? For many owners they would have tenants they don’t want to lose and would like to assist (if required) but may not be in a position to do that themselves 

 

Question about “The Six-Month Freeze” from Jake 
Points to consider for the six-month freeze 🥶 on home loans?  Ie. how is the loan recalculated after six months? Will interest still be required to be paid during the freeze? And could this result in household having higher repayments on completion of the six-month freeze? Will it impacted your credit file? Cheers 🤙  

 

Question from about Property Prices Dropping from Nicole 
I just heard that Economists are predicting a 20% drop in house values. Would love your thoughts on this? If one is to take up the banks offer of 6months “off” from the mortgage — besides extending the loan time frame, how will it affect households and do you advise it in what circumstances? 

 
Question from about Waiting To Buy from James 
My partner and I are looking to buy in Queensland later this year. But are we better to wait until next year to buy?  

 
Question about “What the market will look like next year” from Jarrad 

What will the market look like next year? Would it be a good time to buy if I was planning to buy my first property? Could it be a good time to get a great priced asset? Thanks guys 

 

Question about Offset Account Protection from Matt 
Are offset accounts protected by the government up to 250k? Should I move funds above that to a different offset account, or should I use it to pay down principal on the loan? Would this then secure these funds in the hopefully unlikely event that a bank failed. Note that this is not a big 4 bank. 

 

Question About Accessing The 10k Out of Superannuation” from Daniel 
If we have money in an offset account, can the bank access it to reduce their exposure?
Also, not sure if you can answer, what are the new rules around accessing your super? If you’re a couple can you both access the $10k per FY? Is it means or asset tested? 

 

Question about Finding a Remote Property Investment Advisor from Aaron 
Was about to redo mortgage and borrow additional funds for deposit on 1st investment property (which we are not really sure on the process, have to talk to mortgage broker),but now that everything is closing down not sure what our next steps are. Can we find a property investment advisor completely remotely? Is it a good time for a newbie investor to try and get into the market, when our only knowledge comes from the podcast and your book? 

 

Question About What To Do If Tenants Can’t Make Rent from Rebecca 
I am a single Mum with no family support … I have two investment properties but if tenants asked for ‘free rent’ don’t they realise that the landlord might be in a similar situation to them??? That this doesn’t make sense for tenants to ask for a pause on rent when mortgage payments still need to be made. I realise that some banks have waived the repayments for 3-6 months but I am actually not with the BIG banks who are doing this (WOW – it is impressive that it IS the big banks who are offering this support – makes me wants to transfer to one of them!)… any thoughts? 

 

Question from Andrew 
 it would be great for you guys to canvass the current situation around landlords insurance and what policies will and will not cover in terms of loss of rent due to coronavirus circumstancesie .Actually getting Coronavirus and not being able to work vs being laid off because of economic difficulties. I can see this being a bit of a snake pit in terms of insurance policies and wordings associated with ‘pandemics’. 

 

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One Final Word…

And please… Just a (not so gentle) reminder. Stay at home if you don’t need to go out. Download our Isolate + Chill Pack if you want to use this self-isolation time to learn new things!

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Bonusisode: COVID-19 & Share Market Analysis

If you’ve seen the headlines recently, you would notice these:

ASX finishes worst week in more than 11 years

Dow drops more than 900 points, ending worst week since 2008

And then yesterday night, for those who’re active with the share market news, you’d probably notice this:

Dow future surge 900 points — hit ‘limit up’ — on optimism a coronavirus rescue bill is close

Japan stocks jump 7% as Fed ramps up stimulus measures

It’s not a surprise to anyone how volatile the share market is and especially so in uncertain times like this.

Shares are a fascinating investment class and people asked us about it all the time. Usually, the questions are always around Property vs. Shares and we would say, it depends on your risk appetite. There’s no right or wrong and you don’t have to choose either one. Your portfolio can be a combination of both property and share.

 

But this time, people asked us a slightly different question…

COVID-19 and Share Market.

We totally get it. Because to be honest, we’re very interested in it too. 😉

But we’re not an expert in this area and that is why, Ben recorded a chat with our Chief Investment Officer, Michael Savy on COVID-19 & his Share Market Analysis. With more than 20 years of experience in the financial planning and banking industry, he’s also a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), an SMSF Specialist Adviser (SSA) with the SMSF Association and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia.

So yes, he’s an expert. And we thought you might find this discussion insightful.

Enjoy the bonusisode folks!

 

Here’s What We Cover…

  • What’s really causing this unrest in the share market and what’s the trendline telling us?
  • Why should we look at China as a case study in predicting the share market response on COVID-19?
  • Do global share markets really care about a vaccine and why is Shanghai Stock Exchange showing signs of recovery already?
  • Why daily coal consumption and freight logistics had anything to do with China’s recovery?
  • How will this help in predicting the rest of the world’s market response and eventual recovery?
  • and lots more

 

You can see the Charts here…

 

Additional Helpful Resources on COVID-19

National Update: Click here

State Update:

 

And One Final Word…

If you’re worried about your finances or if you have no clarity on your cash flow position, we strongly recommend you to organise your finances now. It’s more important than ever to have a clear view, down to the exact cent, on how much you’re spending each month and how much surplus you’ve got. If you don’t know it, then log in to your Money SMARTS Platform here and update the numbers.

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UPDATE | Monetary & Fiscal Stimulus Program – What you need to know about them

As you’re likely aware, the coronavirus has NOT slowed. In fact, the coronavirus pandemic was having deep ramifications for financial systems right around the world, until central banks stepped in.

So in his unprecedented speech late last week, Dr Philip Lowe announced an Emergency Rate Cut along with other measures effective immediately. We’ve mentioned this to you in last week’s episode on COVID-19 and Property Outlook.

As promised, this bonusisode features Ben’s update on the whole monetary and fiscal policy stimulus program… plus, he also explains what this means for the economy, property owners and for those who might be doing it tough, or could find themselves in a compromised position, during this time of uncertainty.

p.s. Make sure you don’t miss out on our COVID-19 and Share Market Analysis Bonusisode as well!

 

Here’s What We Cover…

  • COVID-19 and Finance Update
  • RBA Rate Cut
  • Governer’s Philip Lowe underlying message
  • The Five Key Measures mentioned in his speech last week
  • What’s a repayment holiday and how can that help you
  • and lots more

 

Additional Helpful Resources on COVID-19

National Update: Click here

State Update:

 

One Final Word…

If you’re worried about your finances or if you have no clarity on your cash flow position, we strongly recommend you to organise your finances now. It’s more important than ever to have a clear view, down to the exact cent, on how much you’re spending each month and how much surplus you’ve got. If you don’t know it, then log in to your Money SMARTS Platform here and update the numbers.

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