Letting idle space is always worth a look, Kaushik. The trick is to find the right mix of the tenant's needs and your needs. Having been through something similar, here's a few key points I took away from the experience:
- It has to feel like an office space/work space for the tenant. This means you will have to consider furniture placement and removal of personal items from the "space" that the tenant will be using.
- Define the space. Saying something vague like "condo available" will never fly. What space in the condo is available? What services are available - water, electricity, use of the bathroom (which one(s)), etc? What equipment will they be bringing in with them?
- How can the tenant advertise? What can they say about the setting that wont upset you (and your neighbours)?
- Who will they be bringing into the premises? How many at a time? Will they have assistants with them? How many parking spaces will they be using (always more than people think)?
- What are your use expectations? Trash removed at the end of the day? Their equipment gone from the premises entirely, or stowed in a closet somewhere? etc etc
- Be formal. Have a written agreement that clearly spells out all the details, including an opt-out clause for both parties.
In terms of who to look for - that's an individual decision (on one hand) and a business decision (on the other), both in terms of what works for you and what will work for them. Artists, yoga teachers, tutors (educators), music teachers (probably not drums), etc are all good choices. Depending on where the condo is, professional services such as speech/language pathologists, and ed psychs might also work (you would be looking at subsets for some of these professions - you probably wont want a behavioral specialist working in your condo).
It does require some planning and thought, but it can be a very good situation for all involved.
- Specific pros - some minor income for you, the place being looked after while you're out.
- Specific cons - tenants can be unpredictable, setting and meeting expectations can be two different things.
Treat it formally and you will minimise the surprises.