Being a landlord can be a complex process. There is no “one size fits all” approach for those looking to start a rental portfolio. Your goals will ultimately determine the strategy you use to get started as a landlord.
However, there are some basic staples you should consider before you start your journey towards becoming a landlord. In this article, I want to help guide you through some of those things. So, without further ado:
1. Budget for unexpected costs
Many people don’t budget enough as a landlord for things like maintenance, repairs, replacement and miscellaneous.
To retain your property in good condition at all times, you need to make sure everything is covered in the monthly budget, so you are never caught off guard when bills come due.
2. Understand housing laws
So you want to be a landlord and make your first rental property investment. Well, before diving in headfirst on a rental property venture, it’s wise to know what you should and shouldn’t do as a landlord.
As a landlord, you should understand housing laws that apply to your area. Housing law can vary significantly from state to state, and the more knowledge you possess, the better prepared you will be for any situation.
3. Landlord insurance is a must
Landlord insurance is a must because many landlords neglect to consider the possibility that their tenants or building might cause damage, which makes it imperative to have insurance coverage. Landlord insurance offers great protection by covering homes and contents in addition to liability issues.
4. Figure out the right rent
The rent being charged is always one of the most important considerations for any aspiring landlord. This will determine how much profit they will be able to make throughout the course of their rental property investment.
At the same time, it needs to be attractive enough to draw in new tenants ready and willing to pay that amount.
5. Find the right tenants and keep them happy
Getting the right tenants is the key to being a successful landlord. Be sure to carefully screen potential tenants and review their application carefully.
Make sure to select tenants who have a good track record when it comes to paying rent on time and keeping the unit well maintained and free of damage.
Before you enter into a lease agreement, explain your expectations about maintaining the property, paying rent on time, and keeping the unit clean and free of damage.
6. Get a buy-to-let mortgage if you want to rent out
A mortgage is a loan you take out to buy a property. A buy-to-let mortgage is one used by a landlord to buy a property to rent out to tenants. If you are confident you can find tenants and think house prices will rise, then they can be a good way to make money from your capital.
However, as they are riskier than taking out a normal mortgage on your own home, they tend to have higher interest rates and fees.
7. Keep things organised
One of the keys to being a successful landlord is organising your documents. Some renters might need permission to have pets or smoke in the unit. Others will want maintenance requests taken care of quickly. No matter what your needs are as a landlord, you should always be prepared.
In conclusion, getting started as a landlord requires the right attitude, ongoing learning, and some great tools.
Landlords should expect to spend a lot of time cleaning, filling vacancies, collecting rents and being a quiet presence in the background.
The rewards are great, though, for those that enjoy the freedom of running their own business while having the enjoyment of seeing others succeed.
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