Is your house ready for the nbn? Excellent! What about any other properties you own?
Whether you rent out an inner-city penthouse apartment or a fixer-upper in the ‘burbs, your tenants may need help with getting hooked up to Australia’s new and improved broadband network.
To remind your renters how much you appreciate them (and the tax-deductable income they supply you with), we’ve come up with the ultimate guide to the nbn for landlords.
the nbn explained
Not sure why your renters would even want the nbn? We’ll explain what all the fuss is about. Built to run on fibre optic cables, the nbn is a government initiative designed to provide Aussies with super-efficient internet network.
How fast exactly? Most nbn home broadband plans are offered with different speeds, all of which can outrun the old copper network.
Politicians have been talking about the nbn for around a decade, so you’d think the general public would know exactly how it works… right? Not so much. In a survey we commissioned, only 16% of respondents could confidently name the different nbn speeds. Another 61% said they felt overwhelmed at the prospect of moving to the nbn.
61% of Australians feel overwhelmed at the thought of having to switch to the nbn
As a landlord, you can help your tenants understand and connect to the nbn. Why should you? Well, if your renters missed the memo, their old service may eventually get cut off (which could cause your some headaches down the track)!
So, to avert this modern-day tragedy and save the day, here’s your chance to get ahead of the game.
getting the nbn
Now that you know why the nbn is kind of a big deal, there’s no time like the present to provide your renters with access to it. This process might sound complicated, but there’s no need to panic – getting connected to the nbn is pretty simple. To get your property ready for nbn installation, be sure to do the following:
- See if the nbn has been made available in the suburb where your property is located. You can do this by checking your address on our nbn home page.
- Give authority for the nbn to be installed at your property.
- Arrange to inspect your property on the day the nbn is scheduled to be installed so you can oversee the installation process.
After completing these steps, the rest of the nbn installation process can be taken care of by either your renter or by NBN Co. We told you it was easy!
FAQs for landlords
Do I need to pay for the nbn to get installed in a property I own?
Nope. The government is providing nbn installation for free. Although, if you live in an area with no existing telecommunications network, you may be charged a development fee.
Will I need to install any special nbn equipment in my home?
Yes, but you won’t need to lift a finger - NBN Co will provide this.
Am I responsible for organising my tenants’ nbn service provider, or just the installation of the nbn at my property?
It’s up to your tenant to find an internet service provider, but definitely get involved in the installation process.
Will I receive an nbn modem during the installation process?
No, but your tenant should receive an nbn modem from their service provider (if you’re currently renting, read our article on what tenants need to know about the nbn).
Do I have to make the switch to the nbn?
Yes. If you want your property to have access to the internet, you’ll need to use the nbn since the old copper network will eventually get shut off.
We hope this information comes in handy when the nbn comes knocking at the door of any property you own. Rather than seeing the nbn as a nuisance, you can use it to make your property more appealing to potential renters!
want your tenants to love you even more?
Hook them up with an amazing nbn plan – that’s where we can help!
If the property’s not in an area that’s nbn-ready yet, you can get them to pop their details here – we’ll get in touch when it’s almost time to switch over and help them get ready.