Only one in 20 property investors is making enough money from his or her rental portfolio to no longer have to work full time, according to a landlord survey carried out by research consultancy group BDRC Jones Donald.
Based on an online survey of 500 Australians who own one or more rental properties, it found that just 6% of respondents earn a profitable full-time living from rents paid by their tenants.
Just over a third (35%) derive income from their rental properties to supplement their full-time income, while a quarter (26%) break even on rental activity, and just under a third (32%) make a small loss.
While the report does not delve into the actual dollar earnings of the landlords who are making a living off their rental yields, it does reveal that the average property value for those making a profitable full-time living is $915,000, with these landlords holding a portfolio with an average of 4.3 properties, equating to total average value of $3.9 million.
"Of these people, the average household income is $111,000 before tax," says a spokesperson for BDRC Jones Donald.Click to enlarge
The most recent statistics from the Australian Tax Office (ATO) for the 2009-2010 tax year show that the majority of property investors own just one investment property, indicating that it is not a full-time occupation for most.
Of the 1.7 million individuals who reported net rental income from rental property in the 2009-2010 tax year, 73% own just one rental property.
The ATO figures also show that 63.4% of property investors with net rental income reported a taxable loss (net rental income less than zero) from their rental property.Click to enlarge