3 Tips for Renting Your Home to Others

By chrisrath • October 13th, 2011

Rather than selling their homes, many who wish to downsize are finding it beneficial to simply keep their current properties and rent them out to others. It doesn’t matter if you are going to do the work yourself or hire the services of a Delaware property manager. Here are some things you need to consider before you put your home on the market.
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Landlords Have Responsibilities

As a landlord, you don’t get to collect your rent check each month and then go on your merry way. You have responsibilities – serious responsibilities – and you’ll need to be familiar with them and the legal ramifications of not taking care of business properly. You’ll need to familiarize yourself with the landlord/tenant laws in your state, take responsibility for maintenance and repairs, and make sure your tenants aren’t destroying your property. Repairs for a rented property can’t wait until you have spare cash or until you simply can’t deal with them any longer. Your tenants will want to see things done within a reasonable amount of time and you will be obligated to do so. If you can’t handle the pressure, you may not want to rent your home.

Your House Must Be in Great Shape

That said, your house will need to be in excellent condition in order for you to find a decent renter. Slumps in the economy mean more people are renting than buying and there are plenty of places to rent. Yours will need to stand out by being in good repair and featuring quality appliances. Hire a cleaning company to make sure your property is in tip-top shape before you begin showing it to potential renters.

Find a Strong, Written Lease

All agreements you make with your tenant should be made in writing. Start with a strong lease that features the terms, security deposit, monthly rental amount, maintenance responsibilities, and more. Your best bet is to talk to a lawyer who specializes in property issues to make sure you have an iron-clad lease that will stand up in your state’s court system.

These are just a few of the things you’ll need to consider as you prepare to rent out your home. Talk to your nearest Delaware property manager for more information or to find out if hiring a professional service may be more beneficial.

About the author

chrisrath I enjoy helping people find that right home whenever faced with a relocation situation due to their job or even a major life event. Since I have access to a large inventory of homes for sale and also manage many properties in the northern Delaware region, it is easy for us to help anyone make a smooth transition into this area. I am a licensed Real Estate Agent and also manage my own company Rath Management where we locate, screen, secure, counsel, and communicate with the tenant and the investor throughout the entire leasing process to keep homes filled. Our company also manages maintenance issues, collects and forwards rent monies, and even helps with the dreaded eviction process in the event a tenant does not keep up with the terms. Chris Rath

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