A tenant is someone who rents a property from a landlord or property owner. The tenant pays rent to the property owner, in exchange for living in or using the property. The terms of the rental are usually defined by a lease. Learn more here abotu what it means to be a tenant and what it involved in renting or leasing property.
A landlord asks what to do when his renter plans to skip out early. The landlord asks about putting a lien on the renter's new home. The landlord might be better off suing his renter in small claims court.
When a tenant breaks a rental lease early, it can cause a host of problems. An early termination fee will help curb problems you can have with the renter, along with scheduling a final walk-through to document the condition. Working with a real estate attorney can also ensure you're handing your rental property and tenants according to the law.
The owner of a condominium wants to lease his property to two 21-year-old women. The homeowners association says the building is restricted to "single-family homes" and he cannot lease his condominium as a rental property. Ilyce says the homeowners association president is mistaking the meaning of, or incorrectly defining a single-family home and they may be violating the Fair Housing Law from HUD.
First-time buyers who can't quite afford to own a home often look for rent-to-own properties, also known as lease/options. You just want to make sure you're not getting scammed if you opt in to a rent-to-own agreement. There are also owners that take advantage of their tenants in a rent-to-own agreement.
A homeowner is going to rent her house, but plans to sell it within the next two years. She should not have to pay any capital gains taxes, because when a person sells his or her home, and the person has used the property as their primary residence for at least 2 out of the last 5 years, he or she doesn't have to pay any tax to the federal government on the first $250,000 of profit (up to $500,000 if the owners are married).
A couple owned rental property and had asked the tenant to pay the Homeowner Association fees, and because of non-payment, the property owners have bad credit. Because the tenant did not pay the bill, a settlement was placed against the property owner that cause the owner a credit problem. Ilyce explains how this owner can rebuild her credit rating after the tenant did not pay Homeowner Association fees.
To be a successful landlord, you must have the temperament and financial wherewithal to handle the problems associated with renting property. Unfortunately in a slow real estate market, many homeowners are forced to rent their homes when they cannot sell. Make it a goal to sell your property as quickly as possible, but prepare yourself for becoming a landlord by reading books or consulting an attorney.