Deciding to become a landlord comes with its own list of perks and challenges. If you feel that you are cut out to be a landlord, and are ready to put your house out for rent, your most important consideration should be ensuring that you get the right person as a tenant. As tempting as it might be to rent out your house and have the monthly cash flowing in, you must be sure about the credentials of the person you let into your house. After all, it is much easier to let someone in than to persuade them to leave if they aren’t what you were looking for. An ideal deal is one that provides the tenant with necessary allowances and rights, without having any negative impact on the property being rented.
Even though most landlords manage to consider some obvious factors before renting out their house, there are other things that despite being important end up going unnoticed, only to become a big nuisance later on. It is prudent to be aware of what can go wrong right from the get-go, and make sure that you go that extra mile while conducting a background check on prospective clients.
Talking of these considerations, a major one of these is that of pets. This is quite a tricky one to go about, since most families have pets, and out rightly laying down a no-pets rule leaves you with very few options to choose from. On the other hand, allowing pets usually means putting your property at stake. In this scenario, it is advisable to look for a property management consultant who can help you out with a handy pet policy, which makes tenants liable for any damage caused to by pets to the property.
If your property is in the Killeen-Fort Hood region, you might want to consider whether or not you want to be a part of the program offering military deposit waivers. This program, which allows soldier to waive a fraction of their initial security deposit, can be used as a marketing tool to give a competitive edge to your property. Even though there is a risk of the tenant leaving without paying all his dues, it offers the advantage of having access to the chain-of-command. You can consult a property manager for more details of this program.
Another way of expanding your market as a landlord is opening your property for the HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development) lease contract. This contract targets low income tenants, and requires your property to meet certain inspection requirements.
Lone Star Realty & Property management Inc. provides you with thorough information about how to buy, sell or rent a home in Killeen and Fort Hood area. You can visit their office at 1020 W Jasper Dr, Killeen, TX 76542 or call them at (254) 699-7003.