Thinking of Renting your Home?

Have you tried to sell your home, but it just won’t sell? A lot of people in this situation have decided to rent their home instead. There are some things to consider though. First of all, thinking like a business person is very important.

  • Consider that tax implications of renting the property, and ask your accountant or tax advisor for advice.
  • Set a fair rent that is high enough to pay your mortgage and put some aside for incidentals, but low enough to make renters want the property.
  • Familiarize yourself with landlord-tenent laws and regulations.
  • Screen applicants well and ask for a deposit. If you are going to apply their rent towards an actual purchase of the home, the up-front fee should be about 1% of the purchase price.
  • Be very clear about the rules of the house in the lease contract, an attorney can help with questions.
  • Consider hiring a property manager to help you with repairs and to help keep watch over the property. Do you want the tenent to call you at 3 am to fix the toilet, or your property manager?
  • Is the property a condo? You should check with your condo association to know what the rules are regarding renting out your condo.
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