• Southbank Property Management

Property Management Southbank.
MRE - Over 30 years experience serving the needs of landlords and tenants in Southbank.

This one-time river-side industrial and warehousing district is now the artistic jewel in Melbourne’s crown.

Having undergone one of the most significant redevelopment cycles Melbourne has ever seen, Southbank now boasts a plethora of hotels, apartments, commercial and residential skyscrapers including the Eureka Tower – Melbourne’s tallest building, which features stunning views from the Skydeck. Southbank is also home to some of our finest arts establishments the like of the National Gallery, the Australian Ballet School, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and the Arts Centre. The southern bank of the Yarra River has an extensively developed promenade offering visitors, shoppers, and diners a premier choice of establishments including the lavish Crown Casino complex.

The cultural vide of Southbank is more suited to professionals, singles, and couples without kids. Properties are mostly modern, apartment high-rises with a smattering of Victorian timber cottages that have survived the transition.

South Melbourne Property Management Experts

An investment is defined as, ‘the action or process of investing money for profit.’ To state the obvious, you place your money into a property to receive a return from your tenant. How successful that investment is relies on factors like the economy and the location of the property but for the most part how well the property is managed and the quality and longevity of the tenancy.

Sometimes agents can lose sight of the fact that for a landlord, the investment they make into their property is an important part of their financial future. At MRE we remind ourselves routinely of that fact with our daily charge; real service, real results – because we know that at the end of the day our future success is a direct consequence of how well we deliver these results to our clients, our landlords.

Great results start with great tenants, so you want us choosing your tenant from the widest selection available. This is where our award-winning marketing team comes to the fore with a narrative driven campaign, professional photography, and video tours, attracting potential renters to your property which they can inspect privately with our online appointment booking system or through our open-for-inspections. We’re proud to maintain a near zero level of rental areas which is the result of our careful attention to the screening of applicants and our direct debit agreements.

Finally, we expect our property portfolio managers to operate consistently at a level above the norm. For this they need to be well skilled, trained and supported but mostly to be given the time they need. Time to communicate effectively, time to manage maintenance properly, time to assess potential tenants and time to attend to all the details that make the difference between average and the MRE level of excellence. This is why we reduce the number of properties per manager to a point well below industry standards.

Sounds good? The team at MRE would love to hear from you, to discuss your property and how we can help you achieve the returns you’re looking for. Making the switch couldn’t be easier as we manage the process for you – no extra fees, no extra charges.

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If you're looking for real service & real results, contact us today.

  • Real Service

We’re real people who treat your investment as if it were our own. At MRE, superior service is not merely aspired to, but expected. We pride ourselves on our real communication with you. Call us and we’ll pick up or call you back shortly. With the personality to match, our property managers go above and beyond to deliver the best service, every single time.



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  • Real Testimonials

“We recently changed over to MRE from another agency we had been with for years. The agent assigned to us was absolutely a breeze to work with. Annie was professional, time-efficient and took initiative on resolving many of the issues that cropped up. The agency also gives timely reports on each inspection viewing detailing the number of prospectives and feedback. The assurance and professionalism MRE has shown certainly makes working with them a positive experience!”

Deborah Koh

“I am really happy with MRE managing my apartment, they have gone above and beyond their job description. James was on top of everything from the beginning and Courtney has used her contacts for my benefit. They have great communication skills - there were no delays, they were onto it all informing and consulting with me every step of the way. I had previously used another well known real estate that proved pretty hopeless on every level. I highly recommend them for property management.”

Keri Ferguson

“Sean Masters and the Team at Melbourne Real Estate got my unit rented within a week with a great tenant, after It was sitting vacant for about 80 days under another agent. I'm really impressed with Sean's enthusiasm, efficiency and communications.”

Alex Zattelman

“My landlord recently moved real estate agents to Melbourne Real Estate because the last estate agent not addressing issues in a timely manner and due to delays in implementing repairs. I'm so happy she did so, as I've been utterly delighted with the service of my new property manager Brooke and the real estate as a whole. They are timely, east to deal with, friendly and very professional. I would highly recommend them from my perspective as a tenant.”

Lauren Wilson

  • Real Difference

We have implemented a raft of cutting-edge practices within our leasing divisions and are proud to have set an industry standard of excellence along the way. Let us show you the MRE difference today.

  • Switch to MRE

We make switching to MRE easy. There’s no additional fees or charges and we take care of the process for you. We’ll answer all your questions and transfer your property under MRE management swiftly with minimal interruption.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

What are our fees?

At MRE, we tailor our fee structure to you and your property. Our management fees are typically between 4-8% plus GST of the rent collected. We recognise that managing a property that rents for $1000 per week does not require double the effort of managing a property that rents for $500 per week. Get in touch with one of our Liveability Experts today so we can optimise a package that suits your property.

Do I need a Portfolio Manager?

The vast majority of owners prefer to have one for a variety of reasons. A good Portfolio Manager will guide you through the rental regulations, maximise your rent, find and retain the best tenants, and handle the day-to-day operations of the property, such as maintenance, inspections, and dealing with problems that require a legal resolution.

What happens if the tenant doesn’t pay rent?

A tenant may be issued a notice to vacate if they are more than 14 days late on their rent. This is then cancelled if they pay. If they are late five times in a 12-month period, the notice to vacate will still be valid.

How often can the rent be increased?

Rent can now only be increased once every 12 months, rather than every 6 months, as was previously the case. If you want to raise the rent during a fixed-term rental agreement, the amount and method of calculation must be specified in the rental agreement. We will conduct an annual rental review to ensure that your property is performing.

How much is a bond and where is it kept?

If the weekly rental amount is less than $900, the bond is set at one month’s rent. If your weekly rent is more than $900, you can request an extra amount. You can also request a higher bond if the tenant wishes to make changes to your property – but not if they have a pet. The Residential Tenancies Bond Authority (RTBA) in Victoria holds the bond as security until the end of the residential tenancy agreement, or lease. Any money raised goes towards running the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. The bond can be released to the tenant or landlord, only after both parties sign a bond claim form. The tenant is not permitted to use any of the bond money in lieu of rent.

What happens if something needs to be repaired?

Repairs are the responsibility of the owner unless the damage was caused by the tenants. Urgent repairs, such as dangerous electrical faults, gas leaks or serious water leaks, blocked or broken toilets, or the failure of an essential service, such as hot water, must be made right away. If you do not respond promptly, the tenants will be able to organise and pay for the repairs themselves. You then have seven days to reimburse the renter for the expenses incurred, up to $2500. Non-urgent repairs must be completed within 14 days of a written request. Your tenants must continue to pay rent while repairs are being made and are not permitted to withhold rent until the work is completed. They can, however, apply to VCAT to pay rent into a special fund until any repair dispute is resolved.

Can tenants have pets?

In most cases, yes. If a tenant would like to keep a pet at the property, they must first seek permission from you, as their landlord, by completing a Pet Request Form. You cannot unreasonably refuse this request and must apply to VCAT within 14 days of receipt of request if they wish to refuse consent for a pet. The matter will then be heard by a VCAT member, who will determine if it is reasonable for you to refuse consent or not. To date, practically all VCAT hearings regarding pets have gone in the favour of the tenants.

What are Minimum Standards?

Owners must now ensure their property meets minimum standards across 14 categories. Under these standards, rental properties must now have locks on all external doors and windows, bathrooms must have a washbasin and a shower or bath, and be connected to a reasonable supply of hot and cold water, and windows in rooms likely to be used as bedrooms or living areas must be fitted with working curtains or blinds. All rooms must have ventilation and there must be a fixed heater in good working order in the main living area. If the property does not meet these minimum standards, tenants can end their lease before moving in, or request an urgent repair. Click here to discover the 14 minimum standards that your investment must meet.

What are safety check obligations?

By law, electrical safety checks of all electrical installations and fittings, and all gas appliances such as heaters and stoves, must be checked by a licensed electrician and gas fitter every two years. You also need to keep records of safety checks conducted at the property. If these safety checks have not been conducted within the last two years at the time the tenant occupies the premises, the rental provider must arrange a gas or electrical safety check as soon as possible. Smoke alarms must be checked annually by a licensed electrician.

Can tenants make modifications without my consent?

From 2019, yes the tenants can make certain modifications to a rental property without the consent of the owner. However, they must reinstate the original conditions. (check Consumer affairs for details) at the end of the tenancy.

These include installing items such as:
• Picture hooks or screws for wall mounts, shelves or brackets on surfaces other than brick walls
• LED light globes which do not require new light fittings
• Low flow shower heads if the original shower head is kept
• A wireless doorbell
• Replacement curtains if the original curtains are retained by the tenant
• Adhesive child safety locks on drawers and doors

There are different specifications for properties that are listed under the Heritage Act 2017, and the rental provider must disclose to their tenant if the property is heritage listed prior to entering into a rental agreement.

For all other modifications, the tenant must obtain the owner’s permission before starting the work, and the rental provider must not unreasonably refuse these requests.

Can owners be fined for not complying with the new laws?

Consumer Affairs Victoria can issue infringement notices to owners if they breach the Residential Tenancies Act. This includes fines that are based on penalty units. A penalty unit is $184.92 for the 2022-23 financial year, but this amount is subject to change at the start of each financial year. For example, you can be fined 25 penalty units if you refuse to rent a property to someone because they intend to live there with a child. You can also be fined 60 penalty units if you take or dispose of a tenant’s property because they are behind on their rent. Click here to learn more.

Do I need landlord protection insurance?

Yes, we highly recommend taking out landlord protection insurance for a number of reasons.

Insurance covers some particular risks associated with renting out a property that may not be covered by a typical home and contents or strata title insurance policy.

Common features of a landlord insurance policy include protection against:
• Malicious or intentional damage to the property by the tenant or their guests;
• Theft by the tenant or their guests;
• Loss of rent if the renter defaults on their payments or the property becomes uninhabitable;
• Liability including a claim against you by the renter; and
• Cover for fixtures within the apartment such as carpet and window furnishings that are not usually covered by building insurance.

It is important to understand that not all policies are the same and you should be thorough in your choice of insurer.


Contact our Southbank team today.