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Tips to increase rental yield for HDB home owner

If you’re already renting out your vacant room or apartment, then congrats, that’s a great way of making passive income. Having said that, chances are that you could be getting a lot more rental income as compared to what your tenants are paying now. Well, demand for rental is high for Toa Payoh’s HDB flat due to it’s proximity to Orchard and Central Business District (CBD) area but how to increase the rental yield is a trick.  This can be done with a few easy tricks that we will cover in this article.

1. Upgrade the bathroom
We’re not going to tell you to paint your entire house or to replace all your appliances. Your costs are obviously going to add up quickly, and might even exceed whatever increase in rental revenue that you get. However, allocate a small budget to upgrading your bathroom and making sure that your faucets, sinks and sprayers are in good condition and squeaky clean. The sight of a dingy or simply outdated looking bathroom is likely to repulse your potential tenants, and might either botch the rental deal, or at least shave off a significant amount from what your tenants will be willing to pay. By having the more attractive HDB in the market, you could probably score a better list of tenants in the market compared to others. Click here to see ways to upgrade bathrooms.

2. Creating buzz and demand
When showing your HDB apartment to potential tenants, arrange a mass viewing on the same day, at the same time, instead of doing viewings one-on-one. Once your potential tenants see that they’re up against other “competitors”, the scarcity effect will kick in and they’ll naturally feel more drawn to your home than they might otherwise be. Pro-tip: get them to fill in forms to leave their contact details, and indicate how much they’d be willing to pay for the space. This would help you to eliminate tenants that does not suit your portfolio.

3. Shorter term tentals
Now that the minimum rental period for private homes has been reduced to 3 months instead of 6, a great way for landlords to increase rental income is to allow shorter stays, but at a more expensive rate. Those who are commitment-phobic or who wish to rent on a short-term basis for whatever reason can do so – they’ll simply have to pay a premium to enjoy this flexibility. But a certain care must be taken for this in order not to get problematic tenants in the market.

4. Throw in value-added services
It’s simple enough to hire a part-time cleaner to come over once a month, and charge your renter a little extra than what you’re paying your part-time cleaner. Such small gestures would be beneficial to the tenants and would make them feel appreciated renting your HDB instead of others.

5. Keep up with market rental rates
If you’ve got a long-term tenant who’s been with you for years now, chances are that you’ll forego rent increases as a gesture of goodwill. Yes, it’s a kind act, but what you’re essentially doing is throwing money down the drain. Think of it this way – if your tenant is paying $100 lower than the market rate per month, that’s $1200 that you’re giving away per year. That $1200 could buy you two helicopter rides in New Zealand, a two-week stay in a private villa with infinity pool in Bali, or a shopping spree at Champs-Élysées in Paris.

You might be wondering – what if your tenant decides to leave because of the increase in rent? As long as you’re raising your rent to meet the market rate and not exceed it, this isn’t likely to happen. Moving is a huge hassle, after all – one that incurs a lot of time and money. However, this does not mean you get to be unreasonable with your current tenants. In order to gauge the market rate, you could opt to refer to some online property site to determine the expected rental rate for the area. HDBs in some areas such as Toa Payoh for example may yield a better rate compared to other areas.
Now that you know how to easily increase your rental income, it’s up to you to implement our above suggestions to get maximum dollar for your property. For more insights on renting, check out our articles on how the new occupancy laws will affect Singapore’s landlords and things you should know.