Rent Out Residential Property

by : Cheow Yu Yuan

Are you thinking of becoming a landlord and earn passive income by collecting monthly rentals from your tenants? When it comes to real estate investing, you can make money by either selling it at a higher price or renting it out.

If you have invested in a residential property, the next logical step is to find suitable tenants to rent units from you. To market your residential property is not as hard as you think. You can place ads in newspaper, shopping centres, and bus stops. Another way is to organize an open house for potential tenants to view the units.

Why do so many people want to become landlords? It is because the best benefit of being a landlord is that you will be able to earn passive income while still holding ownership over your residential property. This is an ideal position that most investors want to get into. However, although it may sound great, there can be problems too. When you are leasing out your property, you may meet unreasonable and bad tenants that skip payments or damage your property during their stays. When you are dealing with these kinds of tenants, it is best to kick them out as soon as possible to reduce the damage. It is very frustrating to deal with these tenants as you will have to spend money on repair and lose out the profits that would have been earned while you find other tenants.

Therefore, to prevent yourself from dealing with bad tenants, the first thing that you must do is to screen them thoroughly. Ask them to fill up application forms so that you will have the necessary information to do a background check on them. You should also evaluate their ability to pay so as to make sure that they will not skip any payments.

Once you have found the right tenant, you need to draft out a form to protect yourself legally. This legal form is to lay out any terms and obligations you provide to the tenant or that you want your tenant to follow. You should also include the penalty for any damage done during his or her stay.

With this legal form, you are now legally protected from any disputes that often occur between you and your tenants. With the terms and conditions stated very clearly in black and white, either party is clear of the consequences if any one of the terms is not met. It is always best to clear up any question before signing of contract with your tenant.