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Casting the Dice-Exploring the Pros and Cons of Long-Term vs. Short-Term Property Investments

February 20, 2024

Casting the Dice-Exploring the Pros and Cons of Long-Term vs. Short-Term Property Investments

In recent times, property owners have been delving into a myriad of options when it comes to renting out their property assets. The proliferation of online platforms such as Airbnb and Bookabach has opened up new avenues for property owners to share their homes and generate additional revenue, primarily through short-term rentals. This paradigm shift has introduced landlords to amore flexible alternative to traditional long-term residential tenancies. While renting out a property to tenants is not a new concept in New Zealand, the increasing number of property investors opting for short-term rentals overlong-term tenancy is noteworthy. However, does renting out a property on a short-term basis truly live up to its hype? In this Blog, we will explore the advantages and disadvantages of both long-term and short-term property investments to help you determine the most suitable approach for your long-term financial goals.


Disadvantages of Short-Term Rentals:

·Income Uncertainty: Short-term rentals lack the income predictability associated with long-term leases. Property owners may experience periods of vacancy, which can strain their finances, including mortgage payments, utility costs, and maintenance expenses. Even though the attractiveness of potentially making more per night with short-term stays, it’s important to balance the risks.

·Market Vulnerability: Short-term rentals are susceptible to market fluctuations, such as travel restrictions and global events like the COVID-19pandemic. These factors can lead to a sudden drop in demand, adversely affecting property income.

·Financial Commitment: Short-term rental properties often require a substantial financial commitment, including fully furnishing and equipping the property with amenities to meet guest expectations. Compliance with platform standards, which may include providing essentials like toiletries and linens, can also incur additional expenses. This is required to remain competitive within this market

·Regulatory Uncertainty: Many countries, including New Zealand, have started imposing regulations on short-term rentals and hosts. These evolving regulations can create uncertainty about the future of short-term investments.


Advantages of Short-Term Rentals:

·Flexibility and Control: Short-term rentals offer property owners the freedom to rent out their properties when it is most convenient for them. They can choose to host guests for various durations, from a single night to several weeks, with the flexibility to set minimum and maximum stay requirements.

·User Rating System: Short-term rental platforms like Airbnb provide a user rating system that allows hosts to assess potential guests based on their previous interactions with other hosts. This system provides peace of mind by enabling hosts to make informed decisions about who stays in their property.

·Increased Earning Potential: Short-term rentals often command higher nightly rates, and these rates can be adjusted based on seasonality, events, and increased demand.This flexibility allows hosts to capitalise on peak periods and events to maximise their income. Nevertheless, this is also a risk.


Disadvantages of Long-Term Rentals:

·Limited Flexibility: Long-term rentals offer less control and flexibility for property owners. They cannot enter the property without prior notice, and significant changes to the property require tenant approval,potentially leading to challenges for both parties.

·Regulatory Compliance: Compliance with government-mandated healthy home standards can be challenging for some landlords, necessitating additional property upgrades.

·Tenant Selection: Finding the right tenants for long-term rentals can be a daunting task for Landlords, and poor tenant choice selection without proper vetting can lead to difficulties in parting ways if disputes arise, potentially then leading to Tenancy Tribunal disputes.


Advantages of Long-Term Rentals:

·SteadyIncome: Long-term rentals offer property owners a predictable income stream as tenants signs longer term leases for longer tenures. This consistency eliminates the income fluctuations associated with short-term rentals.

·Fewer Ongoing Costs: Long-term tenants are responsible for covering their utility bills and contents insurance, reducing the property owner's ongoing expenses.

·Market Stability: Long-term rentals are less susceptible to global factors, such as political events or pandemics, which can disrupt short-term rental demand. The property's location plays a more significant role in the stability of long-term tenancies.

·Cost-Effective Property Management: Property management costs for long-term rentals is typically more cost-effective, with fees ranging from 8% to 12% of collected rent. This is lower than the costs associated with managing short-term rentals, which can exceed 29% + of rental income. Finding a good property management company is critical. This isn't an area that you want to choose to skimp on fees. Unfortunately, you pay for what you get. Lower fees often mean lower wages and less training for the staff that work there. This generally leads to a higher turnover rate, which means that your investment property will not benefit from the stability and quality a strong property management team can offer. At The Rent Shop we are experts in the field. Stringent vetting processes by selecting quality tenants is an essential part of property management. Getting this right reduces the risk of rent arrears and property damage.


In conclusion, the choice between long-term and short-term property investments depends on your specific financial goals, preferences, and risk tolerance. While short-term rentals offer flexibility and higher earning potential, they come with greater income uncertainty and regulatory challenges. Long-term rentals provide stability and cost-efficiency Ultimately, your decision should align with your investment objectives and how you weigh the benefits and drawbacks of each rental property type.

In my objective assessment – no bias intended I have consistently held the belief that Property Investment can be a straightforward endeavour if you have your asset managed by a reputable Property Management Company. This ensures favourable cashflows allowing you the freedom to align the strategy with personal capabilities and family objectives, with a long-term holding perspective.

We appreciate your engagement with our content, and we look forward to continuing to provide you with the highest levels of service and expertise in the Realm of Property Management. Should you require guidance or advice concerning your property management needs, please contact our Business Development Team on 09 555 9100 for a no obligation rental appraisal.

Sharon Bradley
General Manager of Licensees/Training