The Legalities of Being a Rental Property Owner
You or your property management company are responsible for keeping the space in good repair. Tenants are owed certain accommodations under state and local laws that helps to ensure their health and safety while living in your rental. There’s a “warranty of habitability” you promise to uphold as a landlord which pledges that the space is livable, safe and clean. The locks should work properly and all portals to the outside — like doors and windows — should seal the elements out. In many cases, this warranty extends to providing hot water all year long and heat in the winter. Review the warranty of habitability statues in your area to be sure you’re complying with the local and state laws. Be sure to carefully document issues that arise when the rental’s habitability is at stake. Mark down the date and time you were informed of the issue. You may be required by law to resolve the issue within a given timeframe.
When Should a Landlord Sign a Short-term Lease?
Depending on the types of tenants found in the neighborhood of your rental, you may gain a bigger profit by renting your space out for short-term leasing. Areas with large student populations are good for this type of rental because students commute over the summer and don’t plan on purchasing furniture for the place while in town. And furnished apartments typically rent for more.
One important note, short-term leasing can take its toll on an unfurnished space with increased frequency of moving into and out of the space. To keep this type of damage to a minimum, require that tenants protect the floors, carpets and walls during these transitions. Charging a nonrefundable deposit to have the space professionally cleaned after your tenant exits can further increase the longevity of the space and it will look great when you’re showing it to prospective tenants.
Invest in Upgrades That Boost Resale Value and Rental Price
Look for upgrades that help the space in more than one way. If you’re thinking about investing in exterior lighting for your property, it may be worth the price to spend a bit more and purchase motion sensing floodlights that activate web-enabled video cameras. New Internet of Things tech is emerging every day, sending alerts with status and security updates. Help keep your tenant’s air conditioning bills low and better protect the rental from burglary by leveraging our partnership with Frontpoint. Offering you a customizable security system that proactively protects your space, you’ll also attract high quality tenants with amenities like these.