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Discussion in 'Information Resources & Tools' started by retire@45, 1st Oct, 2015.

  1. retire@45

    retire@45 Active Member

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    Apologies if this is not the right section for this request but was hoping someone might be able to help.

    We have just bought our first IP and have also setup up a SMSF and plan on buying another IP in that soon.

    I'd prefer not to put our home address on all documents like Tenancy agreements etc. and would prefer to use a PO BOX.

    From what I can tell Australia Post still only have old fashioned PO Boxes at each PO which is fine but ideally I'd rather have the mail sent to my home address saving me having to visit a PO when mail turns up.

    Only way I can see I can do this is to pay for a PO BOX and then also pay for mail forwarding from the PO BOX to my home address, which starts to add up in costs.

    Has anyone got any better solutions or innovative ideas? Or do I just suck it up and pay for a PO Box and redirection?

    Thanks.
     
  2. D.T.

    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    Are you going to self manage the IP or have through a PM?
    If through a PM then the address where ever referenced is allowed to be:

    Your name
    C/o PM's address
     
  3. BennEznElle

    BennEznElle Well-Known Member

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    We have a PO box near my work which makes it convenient to pick-up and its only $115 a year. Our main reason initially was become we moved quite a few times in a short time and it was just a PIA to keep contacting everyone to keep it updated. .

    Mail re-directions are only $100 for a year so not too bad but if its only going to be for property mail and because you don't want to have your home address on the lease, just put your PM's address.

    I just did a quick search and there are a couple of providers which will scan your mail and send it to you, in a more virtual PO box like you have suggested but I think they would get fairly expensive depending on your volume.
     
  4. hobo

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    I wouldn't be without a PO Box - have had one pretty much since I started work. Mainly for privacy reasons, and also because I was moving around quite a lot at one point.

    As mentioned by @BennEznElle, it saves having to change your address if you move (even if that doesn't happen very often, it is a complete PITA). The extra for the on-forwarding to your street address might be worth it for you, depending how much of a hassle it is to go and pick up your mail.
     
  5. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    As a PM I use the business address and PO Box on leases.

    PS. Don't rent to psychos. :p
     
  6. wombat777

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    I have a PO Box. For a year or so I have paid for SMS alerts so I know when to collect mail. They have now transitioned the alerts to the 'MyPost' Mailbox app.

    It provides the convenience of an alert so I know when to make a trip to the PO Box on the way home from work.

    See http://auspost.com.au/parcels-mail/mail2day-notifications.html

    Edit - the service is now free with your PO box
     
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  7. hobo

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    @wombat777 That's interesting, thanks for the tip - I think I looked at it a while ago and it was still a paid service. Will have to look into it - notifications would be even *more* handy.
     
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    Azazel Well-Known Member

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    Of course, you're a hobo ;)
     
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  9. datto

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    I thought aus post already have an electronic mail box. Check their web site. I think the sender has to be registered with aus post. That way all your mail from that sender is sent electronically...yeah it's called digital mailbox.

    Just on redircting mail...with business mail you'll find the redirection cost is like double or triple the cost of redirecting non business mail.
     
  10. JDP1

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    Yep you are correct.
    Aus post partnered with Telstra to deliver the electronic mailbox.
    Aus post provides the front end and capability to its customers, and Telstra provides the cloud storage and infrastructure.
     
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  12. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    Wow. Auspost now deals with e-mail.
     
  13. retire@45

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    Great thanks everyone for feedback, first IP is leased to Community Housing so there is no PM or PM address to use for this one, looks like I might just get a PO box with redirection.
     
  14. BennEznElle

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    Thanks Wombat I wasn't aware of that.
     
  15. hobo

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    Hah! :p