Renting Your House

Renting your house is a choice that you can do instead of selling it. In renting your house, you have to consider a few matters as dealing with renting your house might give you problems and headaches. Whatever the reason that makes you rent your house, renting your house for some parts of the year or for a longer period of time will generates income for you if you do it properly and systematically. There are some advantages from renting your house. One of the advantages of renting your house is you have the chance to gain profits from your tenants by letting your property to them.

You can hire a rental agent to deal with the process. A rental agent will take information about your house, making advertisements, search for potential tenants and present them to you for you to make choice. The rental agent however needs you to pay them several fees for their services but if you think their services are worthy for your benefit, it is a good step to hire them as you can save your time and at the same time generates profit without too much work.

Once you have decided to accept the application from a tenant, determine the duration of the rent so it is easy to know when the rent finished and you have the chance to search for a new tenants after that. If a property goes in-rented for a period of time, you will lose more and more if you cannot find any tenants to rent your house. Decide whether you want to provide furnished or unfurnished house. You can let the tenant to use your furniture or rent your house in vacant. You must consider the possibility that renters may not take care of your house or any of its furnishings thus you might consider removing breakables and personal items to avoid any damage and potential arguments between you and your tenants. However you can provide your tenant with some basic tools such as shovel and shower if there is a garden in your house area.

One important thins is to inform your neighbors that you are renting your house and there will be a new tenant comes into your house. Neighbors may get confused when they see strangers comes to your house and using your things, so inform them earlier about the renting deals. The next thing is tell your mortgage lender if you are renting your house. Let your mortgage lender know exactly how long you plan to rent your house. You can switch to a buy-to-let mortgage in the process. Check with your home insurance company to make sure you are still covered for damages while renting your home so you can secured your property if anything happens.

Dealing with the maintenance of your house might be challenging. Preparing your house for renting will cost you money because some renters consider about the current situation of the house for rent. Provide a safe and functioning home for your tenants so they will feel more than happy to rent your house. Make sure wiring, plumbing, appliances and other functions are safe. You might receive questions from your tenants on how things in the house work, requests for repairs or other problems. Keep in mind that some problems might affect in reducing the rental payment for your house.

Don’t forget to check with your city or town regulations. Cities often have rules for the rental matters. Make a research for rental trends and payment in the area. Determine how much rent that you should charge by going through the current rental rates of similar properties in your area through newspaper or other places. Consider in doing advertising in local newspapers, brochures and bulletins in supermarkets or any premises. You can advertise your house through online portal and websites. The idea is to try to get more people know about the rental details so you can increase the chance of getting a new tenant for your house.

Renting your house might be hard but if you do it right and follow the procedures, it can generate frequent income for you especially when you provide a high-quality property for your tenants.

About The Author I work as a property negotiator as well as writing articles, tips and advice on real estate at Has a deep interest in property transactions and investment.
  • TreeServicesJacksonville March 2, 2010, 12:24 am

    I rent my house and I always see to it that I choose who rents it. I talk to them, ask questions and if their answers satisfy me then I allow them to rent my house.

  • Australian Farm Property For Sale March 11, 2010, 11:13 am

    Nice points of view! It opens possibilities that renting your house is a good plan on earning money. You don’t need to worry of losing your assets but instead your are propagating it.

  • Toronto Basement Renovations March 11, 2010, 2:05 pm

    Good color of paint and nice collection of furniture according to them…

  • real estate information March 13, 2010, 9:38 pm

    Thanks for the posting. Great tips.
    Also, if you are going to rent your home, be sure that appliances are working properly. Curb appeal helps, and so does hiring a good property rental company.

  • Timber Decking March 25, 2010, 10:26 am

    Letting someone rent your house is a good option to make. But make sure to take some considerations before someone lease it. Like an instance, your house should have the basic necessities. On the list also, it the ambiance of the home. Make your home w worthy place for relaxation.

  • Timber Decking March 25, 2010, 10:26 am

    Letting someone rent your house is a good option to make. But make sure to take some considerations before someone lease it. Like an instance, your house should have the basic necessities. On the list also, is the ambiance of the home. Make your homes a worthy place for relaxation.

  • Patti Simon March 27, 2010, 12:36 am

    Good info! I never knew the importance of letting my mortgage company know that I am renting my home. Thanks!

  • Sandy Riojas March 27, 2010, 1:05 am

    Investing in yourself by leasing your current home and moving up is a great idea especially in today’s market. I am a Realtor and it makes a lot of sense to have a realtor pull comps on your home. What are the surrounding houses renting out at? You can definitely advertise your home yourself and not hire a realtor, but when you hire a realtor make sure that they can pull the credit of your potential tenant. You don’t want someone in your home that has a history of evictions–this will lead to headaches and court cost. Be informed! Most realtors will charge 75%-100% of the first months lease, that’s it. They will collect the fees up-front on your behalf.

  • Robyn Mosner March 27, 2010, 1:08 am

    Having rental property has it’s tax advantages. However, speaking from experience, I can not stress enough how important it is to do a full application check including employment, rental history, credit and background checks. Regardless if the applicant is family or friend I learned that a good consistent selection process is a must.

  • Barbara Houston March 27, 2010, 5:07 am

    I allowed a friend to live in my home that I was selling while I was already living in my new house 70 miles away. I still had most of my furniture in it. I charged her very little, but when she moved out, she took some of my belongings with her. I never had the nerve to ask her to return those things. That was my only experience as a landlord. I’m sure I would be more cautious if I were to do that again.

  • Apartments for Rent in Toronto March 29, 2010, 10:12 pm

    Great article. Renting your home is a great way to make extra money.

    You touch on some key points for renting a home.

  • Derek Clarkson April 3, 2010, 2:19 am

    There will always be stories about renting our properties. My suggestion is to not rent property furnished because there can always be a tenant/landlord discrepancy. Get a deposit that will cover a ‘reasonable’ amount but most importantly, make sure the lease contract covers all necessary items such as utilities and repairs and even service calls. Once that’s done, it’s all about cash flow.

  • Liz May 16, 2010, 4:11 am

    If you aren’t planning on managing the tenants yourself, you need to make sure that the managing agent is completely competent. I have had absolutely terrible experiences with bad managing agents. Once you find a good one, they are worth their weight in gold.

    Also it is often a good idea to ask slightly less than market value for the rental. This ways you get your pick of tenants and can be choosy about who you accept.

  • Apartments Charlotte May 12, 2011, 2:25 am

    This is a good article for first time landlords. There is a lot of info in here I wish I had known the first time a rented out a space. Nice job!

  • Oakville Real Estate May 20, 2011, 8:35 pm

    There is a lot involved in renting a home. Do your research and make sure you understand the “risks” as well as the “benefits” to renting your home. You can find great resources on your State or Provincial gov websites that will guide you through many FACTS about renting your home from a legal perspective. Just know your rights and your tenants right before jumping into renting. If you understand all the goods you can do very well.

    Good luck to all your future landlords!

  • Andi May 3, 2017, 4:43 am

    Salvox: il cappotto buono ce l’ho, ma è troppo chic per uscirci a comprare le ci0l#le&o823p; Quanto alle fratellanze divine, grazie ma mi bastano già i parenti umani… P.S. Niente numero di telefono. Se è vero che vivono da povere, non dovrebbero averlo, spero.


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