Getting rental income from my rental property in Cambodia

For new readers, I bought a SOHO property at The Bridge, Cambodia and I saved diligently each month in order to pay for the purchase.

After making my final payment for my SOHO apartment, I signed the tenancy lease agreement to officially allow the property developer manage the leasing of my apartment for the next 3 years. In the clause, included a free 3-month rental period for the property developer to renovate and secure a tenant for my apartment.

Last week, I finally received my first quarterly rental payment from the property developer. Woohoo!

Here’s the breakdown of the charges involved in this rental property:

  • Withholding tax: US$161.03 (10% of my rental income for the quarter)
  • Sinking fund: US$180
  • Fixed admin fees: US$50
  • Remitting bank charges: US$18 (property developer’s bank) + US$22.28 (my bank)
  • Total charges: US$431.31

After deducting the above charges, my quarterly rental works out to $1187.

That works out to around 4.42% rental yield for this property.

That’s pretty average but given that my focus for this investment is on the potential capital appreciation, let’s see what happens in the next few years.

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Edmund says August 20, 2018

Hi Mickey,

Great to hear from your experience. I picked up a unit at the peak recently. I’ve asked the agent before but just want to clarify again how were you able to withdraw the money? Via TT and ATM is ok? Thanks!

    Mickey J says August 20, 2018

    Hi Edmund, I provided my DBS multi currency account to receive the rental income so I could easily withdraw the money in Singapore. However, I intend to set up a bank account in Cambodia to manage the money in future because their interest rates are much better.

Edmund says August 21, 2018

Thanks for the advice. That’s odd I was told I’ve to head over to Cambodia to set up an account with one of the banks (Maybank being possibly one of them) for the rental income to be deposited. So I guess you face TT charges every quarter?

    Mickey J says August 22, 2018

    Yes, there will definitely be some TT charges involved. However, I am setting up a bank account with ABA Bank to receive future rental income.

T says September 8, 2018

My agent for The Peak insisted the rental payment is nett, no tax. do you know why different from yours? and can i ask, progressive payment is better or full payment with some discount works better?

thanks uoi

    Mickey J says September 9, 2018

    I’d advise to take a look at the contract to check the specific terms and conditions. For The Bridge, it’s definitely not nett 6% since there’s sinking funds, taxes, etc. to pay.

    You’ll need to calculate if the discount for full payment is high enough to be worth paying in full. I wasn’t given this option when I signed the sales agreement and I wouldn’t have the cash to pay in full anyway.

    I also feel that USD/SGD is at a high right now. Paying progressively allows you to change money when the rates are better.

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