Etiquette, Expectations and Rental Risks, Oh My!

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Etiquette, Expectations and Rental Risks, Oh My!


Leasing space in an owned home is becoming more prevalent in many areas in the U.S. due to the affordability factor. Single people in transition, college students and recently divorced adults seem to be the majority of one-room seekers.


Before proceeding forward with a rental agreement, contact community, city or state offices to find out if there any laws or rules. A business license might be required, because, in a sense, you will become a landlord.


Think about how this could also impact Home Owner's Insurance if a tenant damages the home by creating water damage by flooding the bathroom floor, getting injured or accidentally catches the house on fire.


Before taking this on, consider every possible scenario by allowing a stranger into an inner sanctum. Cleanliness, sleeping habits, night life, friendliness, helpfulness all play a cooperative part in living in harmony. 


Another thing to consider is, how trustworthy are the people you have invited into your home? What are their friends like? Are they questionable, drug dealers, addicts, hard up for money?


You could leave for work and come home to items missing from a jewelry box, a ransacked house or worse, a cleaned out abode because the renter and buddies packed it all up and left town.


Things to do if you decide to rent out a room(s):

  • Use a written lease form
  • Create a list of applied rules to follow
  • Have all paperwork signed and notarized
  • Get references and past landlord information
  • Verify a credit check and check online arrest records
  • Require renter's insurance and a deposit to be paid in case of damages


Rent money is taxable income and can be claimed as expenses for the space that is being leased. New carpet for an entire house is not deductible but is for the rented bedroom.


Renting out a room is a good source of income and can ease the financial burden for those whose lives have changed since the purchase. It's also important to be aware of all risk factors involved.




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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon Wanda. Well this is pretty scary and it should make anyone think twice before renting a room out.

Aug 02, 2017 09:39 AM #1
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

There are risks involved Sheila Anderson, which is the reason I wrote this post. Homeowners need to know what to expect!

Aug 02, 2017 09:43 AM #2
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty One Group - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

This is highly prudent information for any homeowner contemplating this path. Great post!

Aug 02, 2017 11:11 AM #3
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

This can be a WIN-WIN for all involved or can have adverse consequences Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386. Better to know as much as possible to make an informed decision!

Aug 02, 2017 01:41 PM #4
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Wanda.

I would not make a good landlord.  I've seen what people can do to a home in a short amount of time.

Aug 03, 2017 02:03 AM #5
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