Questions tagged [rental-property]

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

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Balancing a messy flat account

I am looking for advice on making sense of a mess of transactions for a 'flat account' which a previous tenant was operating and has handed over to me. Our landlord had notified me that to my ...
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want to refinance FHA loan, may move out unexpectedly and would like to keep as investment property, what are my options?

I'm currently in my primary residence with an FHA loan. I'd like to refinance for a better rate (as I can likely get it down at least 1.5 percentage points or so). I also intend to ultimately use ...
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2 houses 450k each or one 800k?

I currently have a house worth about $450k. I'm thinking of upgrading. Upgrade is mostly for location and I can find a house in the location I want for around $450 to $500k. What is a better option ...
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How to calculate the interest on my security deposit to my landlord?

Quoted from http://www.oag.state.md.us/Consumer/landlords.htm#deposits, here is the way to calculate the interest on security deposit a landlord in Maryland pays to his tenant: The landlord must ...
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Should I finance rental property or own outright?

I own a rental property outright (no mortgage). We will most likely hire an accountant for at least our first year of doing this, but I wasn't planning on doing this until tax time. I am new to the ...
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What happens if I move out before my lease ends?

Suppose I sign a one year lease for an apartment or a house and pay a security deposit for the same amount as a month's rent. If I move out before the lease ends I know that my security deposit will ...
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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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Cash flow implications of converting primary mortgaged residence to rental

I'm considering the net monthly cost of moving from a mortgaged home to a rental, and converting my current primary residence to a rental property. (Note: the reason for renting instead of selling is ...
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Landlords: what's the maximum amount of time to allow a guest of tenant to stay in a rental?

As the title says, but with these details: I have a rental unit; this situation has come up with a potential tenant. This tenant has an adult daughter, who, the tenant volunteered, has an unstable ...
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Commencing a Pension from an SMSF

If I have bought a number of investment properties through my SMSF during the accumulation phase, which are all or mostly paid off with net positive income by the time I reach preservation age and ...
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Buying an Investment Property in a Self Managed Super Fund (SMSF)

What is the best way to structure the purchase of an investment property in a Self Managed Super Fund (SMSF)? Now that limited recourse borrowing is allowed in SMSFs to purchase assets such as ...
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Is there a formula to use to analyse whether an investment property is a good investment?

How do I determine the real cost of buying an investment property over time considering rent, interest, expenses and capital gain? I know there are many factors at play but is there a generic ...
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How does a real estate agent get paid when they're helping us find rental properties (in the US)?

My wife and I are looking into moving to a new area and would like to rent initially. It would be good to enlist the services of a local real estate agent in the search for a good rental property as ...
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Is it a good idea to buy a house with a low ARM monthly payment, then rent it out?

I'm looking around for houses in my college town to rent to others, and I've found a decent 4-bedroom house with an interest-only 5 year ARM monthly payment (of $1700). Assuming I have enough to ...
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Should you work out the yield on property or shares against the purchase price, or the current market price?

In What is a good rental yield?, there's some discussion about whether you should calculate yield by dividing the original purchase price, or the current market price. Which is the correct definition,...
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Should I dip into an emergency fund to cover expenses for a rental property or only use it to make emergency repairs, improvements, etc.?

My wife and I are looking to purchase a home in the near future. With this in mind I am curious about how we should now look at our emergency fund situation. The general guideline you will see is ...
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Primary residence converted to a rental property & tax implications

In June this past year, we moved out of our condo in the Seattle, WA area that we initially purchased in December 2005 for $240K. We were able to purchase a new home and decided that we'd rent out ...
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What are the basics of apartment rental finances?

During the last few weeks I have been reading on rental yield and other rental finances questions. I own a property that I have been keeping above the water by putting money into it. The mortgage ...
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What is a good rental yield?

If you are thinking of buying a property for investment purposes, what is a good gross yield? I've been told you should take 3 zero's off the price of the property, so if a property is worth 400,000, ...
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Did the rules for filing a 1099-MISC change this year?

My property manager just sent me a W-9 (request for taxpayer ID) and asked me to send it back to her. When I asked her about this last year for my 2010 taxes, she said it wasn't necessary, even ...
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What to ask a tenant on a rental application to determine if their income is stable?

I have a residential rental unit standing empty now; the last tenant – the first I'd signed myself since buying the place – turned out bad. Thankfully, not in the tear-the-place-up sense, ...
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What things should I ask for in a lease addendum from tenants?

I am renting my home for a short, nonrenewable period. I have a standard lease agreement in hand which I'll use (one example here). It talks about the big issues: payments, security deposits, ...
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Can depreciation be offset against rent of a UK income property?

In the U.S., an income property investor is allowed to depreciate a residential income property over a period of 29.5 years. Does a similar concept exist in the UK? Can a UK citizen deduct the ...
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Will we have trouble getting a mortgage for our second home if we keep our first to rent out?

My wife and I are currently saving for a home. We currently own a small condo, which we would like to keep as a rental unit once we purchase the second home. Currently our home costs are under 12% ...
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What can cause rent prices to fall?

In the 2007 Global Finanical Crisis many places like the US, Ireland and Europe, experienced a popping of their housing bubble and as a result, house prices dropped quite a lot. However, as most ...
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what is the best way to legally rent out a parking spot?

I recently purchased a condo. Since I do not have a car, I would like to rent out the parking spot. Now, i can simply put an ad in the notice board and make a deal with some one willing to rent it. ...
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Short-sell, or try to rent out?

I'm currently considering taking a job in another state, and I currently own a home that's up-side down in it's mortgage. I'm trying to figure out what I would do with my home in the event that I move....
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How is rental income taxed?

I own two properties which I rent out. I am also paying mortgages on each of these properties (I'm not sure if this matters). How is the rental income taxed? Do I have any options regarding how this ...
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At what point did my former primary residence become an income property?

Last year we bought another house (and moved into it as our primary residence). Rather than sell our previous house, we opted to keep it and rent it out. Since the tax treatment for rentals is ...
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If I moved out of my house and rented it out, would I need to refinance into an investment loan?

I'm curious what I would need to do about my mortgage if I moved from my current house to a larger house in five or ten years. Would I need to refinance my residential mortgage into an investment ...
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Can I refinance a rental property that is currently only 75% loan to value?

I have two separate rental properties that each have a LTV of about 75%. I'd like to leverage these properties to buy another investment or rental property so I am considering refinancing with cash ...
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In general, is it financially better to buy or to rent a house?

I know this differs from country to country, from person to person (depending on how much you already have saved), but I'm curious about the simplest example. Let's say I have little to no money. I ...