The REITE Club - Real Estate Investing for Canadians

The REITE Club - Real Estate Investing for Canadians

Upgrading Properties to Attract Better Tenants

March 24, 2023

Jamil Rahemtula is a real estate investor and agent based in Hamilton, Ontario. He helps clients invest in various types of properties, including residential and commercial, and he focuses on student rentals specifically. He markets himself to clients by doing extensive due diligence on properties and screening them for value-adds that align with his clients’ needs.

He highlights that it is important to find an agent who is willing to do research and provide information on properties, rather than just selling based on emotion. It is important to be aware of what is happening in the market and to find an agent who is willing to do their due diligence in order to get the best deal possible. Asking the right questions is key, and investors should be aware of all expenses associated with a property before making an offer.

Jamil also talked about his own portfolio, which includes student rentals, multi-family properties, and commercial buildings. He suggests that landlords should focus on upgrading their properties to attract tenants who are willing to pay higher rents.

He shares that to attract certain tenant profiles he works by furnishing and decorating the rental units in a certain way. He mentions that they used to offer furniture rentals for a dollar a day, but they stopped because it became too cumbersome. They also mention that they sometimes offer to paint an accent wall for tenants who sign a lease at the right time.

Jamil’s first real estate purchase was a student rental property in 2008. He paid a premium for the property, but he still owns it today. He bought the property because he had been reading Don Campbell’s books and wanted to get into the real estate investing business.  

He discusses how he handles student rentals and market turmoil and offers three tips for landlords of student rental properties: 
(1) ensure good internet service by testing in every room; 
(2) offer appliances like dishwashers and freezers
(3) consider hiring a maid service. 

The cleaner can also help landlords keep an eye on the property and report any needed repairs or illegal activity. 

Contact Jamil Rahemtula
Phone: 416-275-7819

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