Questions around the use of property that is rented to others.

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Buying a building with two flats, can I rent one out and still get a residential mortgage?

I'm looking to buy a house (first time buyer) and I've seen an interesting property that is currently a (empty) retail space on the ground floor, and the above space is a self-contained flat (which is ...
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Visiting vacation rental with immediate family

My family of 5 live in California, have a ton of equity in our home, are heavily invested in the stock market through IRAs and other investments and are considering purchasing a rental property in ...
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Out of state HELOC Lender [closed]

Is there a good search engine / can anyone recommend a lender for me? I have a rental property in Philadelphia, and reside in Washington state. I want to take out a home equity line of credit ...
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Apartment Security Deposit refunds in Maryland

I paid $158.00 security deposit in April 1972. How much should I get back? I moved out on June 30, 2015 with no deductions for damages. I lived in Maryland.
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Using second mortgage on rental property to make down payment on primary residence?

I currently own and occupy a condo with ~75% LTV. My fiancé and I are planning to move to another city and buy a home in 5-7 years. We plan to put 20% down on that home, which will be a significant ...
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Real Estate: Please review my recent investment (with numbers from recent purchase)

I recently bought a brand new home as a rental property in Syracuse, NY: Price: $200,000 Down payment: $40,000 (20%) Monthly payment: $1,500-1,600 a month (~$800 mortgage + ~$700 for taxes) Price ...
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Rental Application Fees

I've been trying to find a new apartment. Each application I've submitted cost between $20-$35 and I've yet to find a new place. A lot of these places have me just write out a check which I never see ...
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Refinance one rental to invest in another?

researching all the implications: Smart to refi rental property? Want to reduce my income tax paid (possibly?) on positive cash flow and use $100k as down payment on my retirement home(7 years to ...
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Should I refi a rental property to reduce income tax from positive cash flow and use the equity pulled out to fund an annuity?

Smart to refi rental property? Want to reduce my taxes and use $200k to to fund an annuity. Statistics: Married filing joint Current rental property appraised value: $400k Income: $190k of which $21k ...
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US Citizen Buying Rental Property in Canada

I currently own a few rentals (town homes / condos) in the United States. I pay on average about 1% higher interest because it's not owner occupied. I have friends in Canada. I've been told there are ...
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What factors to consider for deciding between forming an LLC vs taking insurance on rental properties

My friend and I (both living in California) want to buy a couple of rental properties (one in Texas and other in Florida). Looking through the various websites and forums on the internet, we could ...
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Should I sell my apartment for 112% of buying cost or rent it out for 8% annually?

I currently own the following apartment: Cost when I bought it: 40K Mortgage left: 30K Annual Interest: 2% (fixed) Current estimated value: 45K (I believe I can sell it ...
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Downside to large deposit instead of insurance policy?

On VRBO (and perhaps others) there is an option to either pay $79 for an insurance policy covering $3000 in damage to the property or place a deposit for the same amount: Assuming that... The ...
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Do I owe a finders fee to my tenant's broker if they didn't bring me the referral?

I am currently using a broker to help me find new tenants for my rental home. Currently, she has only advertised the home on Craig's list. However, at an open house that she was hosting for another ...
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Best way to refi home and investment property

I have a mortgage on my primary residence and a mortgage on a rental house. Both have interest rates of around 4.5%, and the rental has FHA MIP that I would like to get rid of. Both loans are around ...
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Should I claim my rental property was not rented at fair rental value?

So for all of last year my ex-girlfriend rented out my upstairs apartment. When we first broke up she talked me into giving her a discounted rent since she was only going to stay "for a couple ...
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Is renting out a house still a lot of trouble if you rent through a real estate agency?

I often hear people speak about the difficulties of renting out a house, such as dealing with damage to the property, delinquent tenants, occupancy, etc. Where I live (the US), real estate companies ...
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What are the pros and cons of buying a house just to rent it out?

My situation is that I'm 23 and have about $4k a month of spare income after everything. I'm considering buying a house in the area I come from, a relatively cheap area where I have friends who bought ...
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Value of personal house turned rental

We bought a house in 2004 for about 150K. We moved for work in 2011 and converted the house to a rental in 2012. The realtor guessed its value at the time was about 70K. We sold it in 2014 for 118K. ...
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Am I calculating depreciation correctly?

I'm confused with a number that H&R Block online is giving me with regard to depreciation. I put a dishwasher, which cost $629, in service in June 2010. On my 2010 taxes I took a 50% bonus ...
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Apartment lease renewal - is this rate increase normal?

It's time for me to renew my apartment lease and the landlords are suggesting an increase of 5.8% over the "current" rent price and ~15% over the "effective rental rate" (because I got a free month ...
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Where to park money from the sale of a rental property?

If I sell my investment property to raise cash for the purchase of a new home, I am required to pay capital gains tax (i.e. income tax on 50% of the gain amount.) Is there a way to park this money ...
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Renters Question?

What can you do if there were damages prior to the unit upon your moving in and the landlord knew of the damages but still sends you a bill or threatens to report to your credit?
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Buying a house 50/50

I'm thinking on buying a house with my Business Partner. I would be living on it. We are thinking on going 50/50 on the loan and down payment and hoa and repairs . Since I would be living there we ...
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Buy to Let - Daughter-in-Law

My son and daughter-in-law are currently separated. They have 2 kids, and I have a great relationship with my daughter-in-law. I have had a relative die, and she is paying over the odds for rent, so I ...
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Is laminate flooring an “Improvement” or “Depreciable Property”?

My question assumes MACRS GDS depreciation, in the United States. I converted my primary residence to a rental property last year. While I still lived there, I installed laminate flooring in some of ...
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Tax Implications - First 2-Family Rental Property

My brother and I have opened up an LLC and have put an offer on our first 2-family for a rental. We have some questions on loans/tax implications for the business that we're hoping to get some ...
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Why would I choose a 40-Year depreciation instead of the standard 27.5-Year?

I converted my primary residence into a rental property last year. For depreciation purposes, I must choose between GDS ("General Depreciation System") or ADS ("Alternative Depreciation System"). ...
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Can I deduct the full amount of a rental loss in two states?

Last October I moved from California to Connecticut, converting my primary residence to a rental. I didn't get it rented out until December, so I ended up with a loss for the year. My California ...
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How to determine the cost basis on primary home converted to rental (for depreciation)

I would like to know how to calculate the cost basis for a primary residence converted to a rental property. I purchased the home in Oregon for 200k in 2005. I moved out and rented it in May 2013. ...
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How do we calculate the gain on primary residence that was converted to rental for two years?

I'm helping some relatives with taxes, and am looking at a situation I'm not completely familiar with. The primary residence was owned for 7 years, but after living there for 5 years, they moved into ...
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Living in my own rental property

I've come to understand that owning a townhome/duplex and living in it while others are also renting from you isn't as sexy as it may seem at first glance. Over and over again I get this from friends ...
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Rental Car Company or Insurance Provider: Whom Do I Call First?

Scenario: I have a 7-day rental on a car from Budget Rent-A-Car. I purchased the rental it with my Capital One Platinum MasterCard, which has rental car coverage. During the evening--below freezing ...
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40 year old A and J makes 1M a year. What is the best investment to save on tax?

We have been very fortunate, also hard working and frugal . Now A and J all had several promotions in the past a few years, and the rental properties are paid off. The tax bills are getting pretty ...
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Renting Below Fair Rent (with maintenance agreement) - Tax Implications

I'm renting a home in the state of Missouri to my parents. We made a verbal agreement that they would pay all utilities and take care of maintenance of the house and in exchange they would get reduced ...
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Sell or keep rental Property?

My father has an old single-family home he purchased at the height of the real-estate bubble. He lived in the property for about 5-years, refinanced to 3.25%, purchased another brand new home designed ...
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tax consequences on selling rental property for citizens living abroad

We moved to New Zealand in 2012 renting out our house in Colorado from September 2012 until the present time. We want to sell it and heard that if we sell it within three years of renting it, it is ...
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Should I buy my house from my landlord?

The situation This is a specific situation, but hopefully the general themes of the question will be helpful to others. I read the question at In general, is it financially better to buy or to rent ...
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First convert owner occupied to rental, then sell — capital gain?

Bought a house at 250k, converted after 8 years to rental (was worth some 160k then), rented out for two years, sold for 250k. While renting, depreciation was based on market value, 200k. What is ...
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As a prospective tenant, how can I screen a potential landlord and what should I look for?

I am looking for a room and I came across one Craigslist Ad. Please find the image below for the Ad: As can be seen above, there are lot of things that a landlord is demanding from a prospective ...
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Sole Trader or LTD, buy personal house and work from home

As Sole Trader or Limited you can claim a partial rate of your rent if the house where you live is used for business purpose. As usual everything has to be reasonable and calculated pro rata on time ...
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Can I deduct money I paid to a friend to help rent out my condo?

On this IRS page it says you can deduct management fees related to renting a property. Does this only apply to professional property managers or management companies? I paid a friend to show my place ...
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If my rental property income and mortgage payment are equal, do I need to pay income tax on any rent revenue?

Let's say I have a monthly mortgage payment of $1600 on a condo I own, and the condo is rented out for $1600. Then, I'm breaking even. Hence, I would not need to pay any tax on my rental income. Would ...
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Rental property, pluses to move to an LLC

My wife and I bought a house and turned our condo into a rental property. We were going to go LLC, but money has been tight, so for 2014 we are doing general partnership. We can't get the mortgage ...
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Interest on a deposit

In NC Can I sue for the interest on a security deposit that was in escrow for over 12 year's? My former landlord died and my deposit was with held unlawfully , can I sue for three time's the amount of ...
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renter's insurance for causing property damage

It seems that renter's insurance only covers the tenant's property and perhaps guests. I suspect that a far bigger financial risk for a tenant is in liability due to causing a fire, flood or other ...
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What is the proper way to hold a subtenant's rental deposit?

I have recently leased an apartment with a friend, and we've subletted out a room to another girl and collected her security deposit. I want to store it in a savings account without touching it, but ...
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How do I determine how much rent I could charge for a property or location?

I am interested in investing in property. How do I go about figuring out the rent-ability of any given property? As in how do I figure out how much rent a property could get potentially on average ...
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Need exit strategy for aging mother who owns aging rental properties, please

I'm terrified for my 71-year-old mother's immediate future. She owns 12 residential rentals. We desperately need an exit strategy but she owes as much as or more than market value, and cannot afford ...
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Difference between a mortgage and buy-to-let in UK

In terms of rights, whats the difference between getting a regular mortgage and a buy-to-let mortgage for a property in the UK? For example, if I wanted to invest in a property, and got a regular ...