06 April 2020 Four easy ways of investing with DHA

Whether you’re a first-time investor or a seasoned professional, we believe you’ll find DHA’s varied investment options compelling. And with about 18,000 properties under our management nationwide, you can rely on our expertise. Read on to discover the many ways you can bolster your investment portfolio with DHA.

1. Buy a DHA investment property

When you buy a DHA investment property, we provide you with a level of certainty that is unmatched by other property investments. That’s because DHA provides you rental income over a long lease term (usually nine or 12 years) – even if your property isn’t occupied. That means you can budget easily for the long term.

Once your purchase is complete, you can relax, safe in the knowledge you have made a hassle-free investment and that your tenants are reputable members of the Australian Defence Forces and their families, who will reliably care for your property throughout their tenancy. DHA will even look after ongoing repairs and tenancy management for you in return for a single service fee. DHA properties are built to the highest standards and comply with national building industry codes and standards, plus all related state or territory regulations.

Purchasing a DHA property is simple. After you have reviewed the list of properties for sale and made your selection, a DHA sales consultant will enter you into a fortnightly ballot. If you have been successful in the ballot, the DHA property will be placed on hold for seven days, enabling you to begin the settlement process.

Buy a DHA investment property if: You're an investor seeking ongoing rental income and the prospect of capital gains over the medium-to-long-term.

2. Lease your investment property to DHA

If you're seeking a long-term tenant for your existing investment property, why not consider leasing it to DHA?

Our standard lease terms for third-party properties are three or six years – and when you lease to us, rent is payable from the commencement of the lease. Rent is accrued daily and is paid monthly in advance, directly into your bank account; rent is even paid if the property isn't occupied. All of our investment properties undergo an annual rent review so your income will keep up with the market.

Lease your investment property to DHA if: You want your empty investment property to be reliably tenanted for an extended period.

3. Buy a DHA mid-lease property

Occasionally, investors need to sell their DHA investment properties via a real-estate agent. When this happens, the property is sold with the lease in place. This means the new buyer of the property agrees to the conditions outlined in the existing lease agreement and transfers his or her name onto the lease.

In most respects, buying a DHA property mid-lease is a similar process to buying a new DHA property. The main difference is that mid-lease properties are sold by third-party real-estate agents. One advantage of choosing a mid-lease property is the lack of the property-ballot process.

Buy a DHA mid-lease property if: You're interested in investing with DHA but can’t find a brand-new property to match your needs or you're keen to purchase an investment property as quickly as possible.

4. Buy an ex-Defence property

The Department of Defence will sometimes sell properties that have become surplus to its requirements. These properties are listed with third-party real-estate agents and aren't tenanted.

They’re an ideal choice for prospective buyers who are seeking the reliability of a DHA-constructed property but do not want to enter into a long-term lease agreement with DHA.

Buy an ex-Defence property if: You're a prospective owner-occupier and want to purchase a property that has been built and maintained to the highest standards.

Ready to invest? View properties available to purchase now.

Attention: Investment is subject to DHA’s lease terms and conditions of sale. Investors retain some responsibilities and risks, i.e. rent, restoration and market fluctuations. Prospective investors should seek independent advice. See dha.gov.au/lookforward for relevant information.