Hi! We have an investment property in Auburn that seems to be attracting problematic tenants. Two lots weren't too bad, apart from leaving a lot of mess, but the other two have skipped out owing rent, causing minor damage and leaving a lot of mess behind. When it's up for lease it usually takes a few weeks to get an application - very few people turn up to the opens and we end up accepting the only application we get. It's a 2 br house with no parking. It's two blocks away from Auburn Hospital, Auburn shops and station are about 1.4kms away and Lidcombe station is about 1.2kms away. We thought the location might bring hospital workers, but no - we've had a young family (turns out the dad was a crook) and they stopped paying rent, some Bangladeshi refugees through the Red Cross (decent tenants apart from the huge mess they left behind), a nice young couple who tried to turn the backyard into a hobby farm with chickens and a veggie patch and the last tenant was a single mother who caused some grief with the neighbours and skipped out on the rent. The house is a 1920's weatherboard that was cladded over some decades ago and is now looking tired from the outside. The interior was very neglected so we painted the house and carpeted the bedrooms and lounge room. These rooms still have the weatherboard walls and ceiling so lots of character. We renovated the bathroom and internal laundry as these were awful. The kitchen was fairly new so it just needed painting. We also did some landscaping front and rear to make it presentable. Once you get into the house it's very nice, charming and lots of character. To my eyes the house needs a new fence on one side as it is falling over in places. The cladding is looking old and the powdercoating is coming off in places, the paint on the window frames and the rest of the woodwork is looking old. The street appeal could be improved a lot with a fresh coat of paint, but is this likely to change the standard of tenants? Or are we just seeing the typical sort of tenant for this area in our price range? We have a few friends with investment properties (not in the same area) and they keep telling us not to spend any money on the house as it won't make a difference . Any suggestions on what we could do to improve our luck with tenants? Thanks!