Questions tagged [rental-property]

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

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How long must I wait after buying a property to rent it out?

I bought a place as a first time buyer without mortgage. Consequently I paid a 3% stamp duty. Due to certain circumstances, I will have to rent it out. I would like to know how long before I could ...
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Unexpected large rent payments, by moneygram, for my apartment, not by me

I'm used to scams where they ask you for moneygrams, but not the other way around. I applied for an apartment Oct 7th, and moved in Nov 13th. When I tried to pay December's rent, I saw that my ...
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Is there a general rule on how to most efficiently purchase rental properties? [closed]

The way I see it, there are two general options to acquiring a slew of rental properties. Save up for 20% down, and then buy as a pure rental property. Put <20% down, live in it for a year (while ...
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Can landlord's business expenses be retroactive?

Say, I am planning on moving out of my house and keeping it as a rental. The house needs a bit of work, which I can start before I move out to save on the downtime before I look for renters. Can the ...
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Investment split

How do you split the profits on an investment property when one person pays the down payment and the other person takes the mortgage? Each party would be paying the same amount. For ex. One person ...
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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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Planning overall cost of rental for the next 20 years [closed]

I'm helping my mother plan senior housing. She has a fixed amount of money in the bank that she can use to pay for housing. Generally housing has an annual increase of, say, 4%. Using Google ...
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Form W-9 for payments between property management companies

I collect rent on behalf of a client, deduct a management fee, then send the remaining rent to the client. One client's residential property is leased by a company who is a "master tenant." This ...
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How do I allocate gains on Form 4797 for the sale of a rental property?

I sold a rental property last year, so I'm filing Form 4797. I owned it for several years, and had a new roof installed a couple years ago. As I understand, the land (which cannot be depreciated) goes ...
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UK - letting agency / landlord responsibility to provide documentation for a heating system

This question is based on renting a property via a letting agent in the United Kingdom. I am renting a small flat as I've sold one house and am considering my options before purchasing another. I ...
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Renting at a Loss While Banking on Capital Gains

I live in an area that is rapidly growing. My current house (based on comps) has appreciated $50k in two years to give an example. I currently have an opportunity to buy another for a reasonable price ...
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Is it tax-inefficient to receive and pay rent?

Suppose I own a home and live in it. Then I realize I want to move to another part of town that is closer to work. But this is temporary because I don't know what my job will be in 5 years. So I rent ...
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Buying a flat abroad through British LTD company

I'm an IT contractor in the UK, I'm considering buying a flat in Poland, rent it on Airbnb or work remotely from there. I'm thinking if it's worth buying it through LTD company in my case. Would it ...
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Capital Gains Tax allowance sharing for married couples

A husband owns a flat (mortgaged). He is selling it after marrying earlier in the year. Some capital gains tax will be payable as he no longer lives there - the couple moved into a larger place ...
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Canceling a Rental lease hours after signing

I am looking for an apartment and I came across a property management that had some rentals available. The person in the leasing office of the property management gave me a sheet with buildings ...
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Along the path of buying the first, second, and third house. Should I rent one myself?

If I have 2 houses, and rent out both of them for $4,000 each, then the bank will take into account the rental income of $8,000. But if I live in one and rent out the other, the bank only accounts ...
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Would condo HOA insurance cover damage to guest vehicles? [closed]

I recently stayed in an airbnb; it was a unit in a condo complex with a shared parking lot and an HOA. I drove my Tesla there, and plugged it into an outdoor outlet on the side of a covered parking ...
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Financial information for applying an apartment

I am applying an apartment whose management company will do some credit and background checking on me. The application form asks for my employment information and my monthly income. My financial ...
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Combine 121 and 1031 - how much capital gain is non taxable?

Section 121 allows $500k of cap-gain to be non taxable (in the right circumstances) Section 1031 allows the deferral of capital gain taxes (in the right circumstances), and they can be combined. But I'...
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Interest accrued on $2600 security deposit for 5 years

I paid a $2600 security deposit. We were there 5 years. What should my deposit have earned in interest in NY?This particular landlord never gave us any information on an escrow account. He owns ...
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How common is it among people who are successful investing in a second property to pay the down payment with a home equity loan?

Can someone share insight into how common it is among people who make a decent profit buying a second home to pay for it by making a down payment using equity against their first home? I am ...
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Can I do a 1031 exchange and later get Section 121 tax free gain

My wife owns a condo from before. We plan on doing a 1031 exchange and getting one instead in our city partly b/c it will be easy to manage rental rather than having to fly cross country. Down the ...
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Landlord/Property managers broke contract (I think) but I never did anything about it due to hassle involved, what are my options now?

So, about a year ago some people came in and changed the Electric and Gas meters to Pay as you go meters because the landlord hadn't paid the bills. Since my contract was an all-inclusive contract ...
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Calculating real estate rental yield with a mortgage?

I'm struggling to work out how to calculate real estate rental yield in a way that makes it somewhat comparable to any other income-generating asset (e.g., given an investment of X, and a periodic ...
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Do I need to report rental income on my apartment? [duplicate]

Say I am renting an apartment for ~$1000 a month and I have a friend that needs a place to say. I let him stay on my couch and he pays me ~$999 a month. So I'm at a loss of $1 each month. Do I need ...
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How much income am I getting by renting my house?

I am moving from Portland, OR to SF Bay area and therefore contemplating whether to sell or rent the house. I am not planning to move back to this house. Property details: Bought for : $267,000 Paid ...
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Why does it seem the best way to make a living is to invest in real estate?

I can't get past the idea that, if you work well in your job, you may get laid off or fired, and companies do not like to hire you when you get past the age 45 or 50. But if you invest in some houses ...
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Choose students or working adults with low credit as tenants?

Currently I am trying to pick the tenants for my condo in downtown Toronto ($2400 a month). There are two options: Two international students from university of Toronto, but they are only willing to ...
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How long do I have to wait to start renting out a newly bought flat?

I've purchased a new flat outright as a cash buyer. The solicitor documentation suggests there is a 'SDLT' (stamp duty) tax of around £8,000. I believe this can be avoided by living in the property ...
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Can suspended passive losses of a former passive activity be used to offset capital gains on a current passive activity?

I had two rental properties, each of which had its own column on Schedule E. I purchased one in 2001 and one in 2007. The 2001 property has had minor Schedule E losses along the way, and has built up ...
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buying property , loan and collateral

If one owns a property that's worth 200K, is it possible to get a loan to buy a second rental property for 100K, given one owns the first property outright, using it as collateral? Does this person ...
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Security deposit as rental application deposit

I'm considering renting a particular apartment in the Pittsburgh area and the landlord is asking for the security deposit of one month's rent to be submitted along with the rental application, before ...
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Why invest in becoming a landlord?

One of the most recommended ways to invest one's money still is real estate. Sure there are different ways to invest in real estate, but why does it make sense financially to buy property and become a ...
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Do I have to pay tax on Capital Gained on primary property?

I am a Canadian citizen. I have been worked for a company in Mississauga, Ontario since 2016. Around this time my dad was diagnosed with illness so in March 2016, he added my name to his property in ...
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Can I run a renting business in USA as a foreign citizen?

I'm considering buying a property in Houston, TX for the purpose of renting it. I'm a foreign citizen and don't know much about how renting functions in the USA. So far I found out that it's possible ...
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Joint checking account with renter who is a close relative

I am the owner of a property. I am currently renting out that property to my close relative. I trust this family member to use my money to pay a contractor to make small fixes to the property. For ...
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Euro rental income earned in Spain but can it be paid in Sterling in UK

I am a UK national with a property in Spain. The tenants of this property currently pay the monthly rental in Euros to my Spanish bank account but have asked if they can change this arrangement and ...
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Why does FlagStar Bank harass you about payments within grace period?

I just bought my 4th rental property. I always set up everything for automatic payment after the 1st day and before the 2nd week of the month. The reason being, I get all of my rents by that time. Not ...
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Able to pool funds for a downpayment and co-ownership of a home?

I want to buy a house but I do not have quite enough for the 20% down payment I'd ideally like to post for the mortgage. My wife and I are thinking of chatting with our family and getting together ...
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Lower rental amount found on an ad

I paid a deposit on an apartment and a day later I found an ad for my same apartment with a lower monthly rent amount. Can I use a screenshot of that ad to get my monthly rental amount to match the ...
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Is it better for a couple to buy a house together?

Is it better for a couple to buy a house together; forfeiting (I believe) one of their First home buyer's grant. This way both put into the loan and it gets paid off much sooner resulting in less ...
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Expenses prior to selling a rental property

I have a rental property that needs a new HVAC system. If I have this done just prior to selling, my understanding is I would add the cost of that improvement to the basis. But what about ongoing ...
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Should I move out from my current apartment before the contract ends to save more money?

I'm renting a room at $800 per month. I've lived here 2 months and I have a contract of 12 months. So, I have 10 more months before the contract ends. I have deposited $1300 as a security deposit. ...
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Is it a wise decision to buy a home in the current market in a coastal market where prices are at a premium [closed]

I am looking at the possibility of purchasing a property in the San Diego costal area, however I wanted to get some feedback from people that know the economic outlook better than I would. Is it a ...
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Can I use a property I own as a permanent mailing address even if I'm renting it to someone else?

This SE is the most applicable I think because it is in the context of business (renting) and personal finance (permanent address) logistics, even if mainly about mail. A friend bought a property in ...
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How much more than my mortgage should I charge for rent?

We're considering moving at some point in the future, and right now we have a mortgage on our home. So far we've been here about 3 years, and we're considering renting out our home. Obviously there ...
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Is there a rule of thumb when getting roommates in a house?

I have a 3 br house, and I'm considering getting roommates. For the sake of round numbers, let's say my mortgage and all bills(water, electricity, cable, internet, etc) comes to $1,500 a month. Of ...
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When leasing/renting out an owned property, is there a standard ratio between monthly rent and the mortgage? [duplicate]

I'm leaving the country for work for roughly a year, and would like to sublease my home to a friend of mine living in the area. I have no experience as a landlord, and I've had a tough time figuring ...
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How long do I have to live as first time buyer before renting out the property?

Couple of days I've asked a question - How long I should pay the mortgage to break even when selling? (is 2 years enough) - as you can tell I'm thinking about taking a mortgage. I'm trying to gather ...
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Should I rent out a home I own outright or one with a mortgage?

If I have two homes of equal value ($300K each) and one is paid off and other has a mortgage balance of $235K. I'd like to rent one of those out. Which one should give me the most advantages with ...

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