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Video: What Is Rentvesting?

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Property investing

Video: What Is Rentvesting?

3 min read

The pros and cons of Rentvesting

Suncorp Bank’s Andy Wilgose explains what Rentvesting is, why it’s an increasingly popular home-owning strategy and some of its pros and cons. 


Rentvesting explained

Rentvesting is a home-owning strategy where you rent a property to live in that’s right for your lifestyle, while you own an investment property that’s right for your budget.

As home prices in inner-city areas have gone up, this strategy is increasingly popular, especially among younger buyers. 

Why Rentvest?

At first, it might not seem to make sense – why pay off a mortgage and rent at the same time? Wouldn’t it be easier to just buy your home?

There’s no one right answer. It all depends on your budget, life stage and the lifestyle you want.

For example, perhaps you’re single and you want to get into the property market but the home you want isn’t in your price range. Or maybe you’ve scored a great rental property and the timing isn’t right for a move. Or you’re happy with inner-city living for now, even if you know down the track you’ll want to move to a more spacious home further out.

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Rentvesting can give you the best of both worlds. You can buy a property and rent it out to cover some or all of your ownership costs, while continuing to rent the home where you live. If your investment property is earning you a profit, you could even use that income towards your home rental costs.

You might end up spending around the same if you were just renting or if you were living in a home you owned. The difference is, you can live where you want and get your foot in the property market.

Rentvesting pros and cons


You get to live where you want:

As a Rentvestor, you’re not limited to where you can afford to buy.

Low maintenance costs at your rented home:

As a tenant, you most likely won’t be responsible for any maintenance costs caused by natural wear and tear. For example, if there are issues with the hot water service, your agent will organise the repair (depending on your rental conditions).

Potential tax benefits*:

You may be able to claim some investment property expenses as tax deductions. These include the interest charged for loans, rental costs like insurance and advertising, and depreciation costs. The Australian Taxation Office explains when you can make these claims.

Rental income:

You can use income from leasing out your investment property to pay down the mortgage on the property or to pay your own home rental costs.

Potential capital gains:

If your investment property increases in value, you could sell it at a profit down the road.


Your primary residence will be less secure:

  • You may have to move if the owner wants to vacate the property or change tenants.
  • You may have to make the property available for inspections.
  • Your rent could go up

Ongoing home ownership costs:

As a landlord, you may will normally be responsible for the costs and management of repairs to your property. You may also have to pay fees to a leasing agent. If your rental income is less than your ownership costs, you’ll need to make up the difference, on top of paying your own rental costs

Capital Gains Tax liability*:

If you end up selling your investment property, you’ll need to pay tax on any capital gains. You don’t have to pay CGT on most owner-occupied properties. The ATO explains how this works.

No access to First Home Owners Grant:

Rentvestors aren’t able to access the First Home Owners Grant, which is available for certain first-time, new home buyers who will occupy their property for the first year. Rules vary depending on the state or territory. Find out more here.

Potential capital loss:

If your investment property decreases in value, you might have to sell it at a loss.

*If you’re thinking of investing in property, it makes sense to get professional advice from a qualified financial planner.

With the right guidance, you may be on your way to living the life you want now, while planning for a secure future. If you’ve decided Rentvesting is for you, give a Suncorp Bank Home Loan expert a call—we’ll help find the loan for you!

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Published 22 November 2022

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