Prospective tenants often have many questions about your home. After all, they are looking for the property that is best for their needs so questions like the neighborhood where the home is located, the number of bedrooms and the monthly rent are all understandable. What about those tricky questions that sometimes take you by surprise? Here are three that you might unexpectedly hear and suggestions on how to handle them.
1. Can I rent out part of the home?
In many cases, renters move others into a home without even notifying you or obtaining your permission. In other instances, renters have listed a property on websites such as Airbnb in order to bring in extra cash. Regardless of whether you want to allow such activity or not, it’s important to put any stipulations — such as that the renter is ultimately responsible for any damage to the property — in writing. You also need to ensure that the renter reads and signs this policy.
2. How much notice do you give before entering the property?
Over the course of renting out your home, there are going to be times when you need to come inside. That being said, your renters still have a right to privacy. It’s best to establish a clear policy upfront about the amount of notice you need to give before you or your authorized representative, such as a repair person or other service provider, enters the home. The standard time frame is 24-hours notice.
3. Can I make changes to the home?
Usually, this question is asked in different ways such as can they put up shelves, paint or plant different flowers in the garden. In some cases, renters might not even ask first before doing the above. A good policy is to either prohibit such changes altogether or require that they get specific permission for each instance.
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