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Residential buy-to-Let

Investing as a Landlord

Author: Luke





You probably never dreamed of becoming a landlord as you grew up. But one day you might find the idea appealing, especially because of the seemingly easy passive income you may generate.
Sitting back and collecting rent does indeed seem like an attractive offer that you should rarely refuse, and even if we take the egotistical reason aside, there are plenty of people out there seeking long or short-term housing to start a new life by moving house to a new city. Why not invest in something that will help them out?

Of course, before anything starts, you need to think about whether your investment should be local or remote. In other words, should the property you will buy to rent out be in the same city or town as you? That depends on the type of landlord you will want to be. If you prefer to deal directly with your tenants, want to have a hands-on approach, and to “always be there”, you should definitely pick the same place. Otherwise, besides the house or apartment block, you will need to invest in a property manager to deal with all the issues that may arise as well.

Onto the property searching. What you want is a communicable place that will attract people and their removal vans. Something near all the vital areas a person may need, like shops, markets, schools, etc. If you plan on mainly having students as tenants, have the property near universities – that will attract plenty of tenant options, and you can charge a high rent as well because of the convenient location. Tenants will come either way, but it depends on the location in the city or town what kind of tenants you will have. Think about who you wish to aid with your new property, and buy smart.

After picking a property, a good deal of inspecting is in order. You should visit the place and do one, two, or more inspections on the whole building, top to bottom. Look for literally everything that might be a problem sooner or later and decide whether it needs your immediate attention. The best course of service would be to take care of it immediately, of course, but some things can wait more than others. Make a list of priorities and deal with all the potential issues one by one.

A renovation of the place, if the building is too old, should also be considered. A better-looking house or flat building will always attract more potential tenants. And decide whether you will furnish the place as well – not all tenants can afford their own furniture when relocating. This will cost you extra, but it will also mean a bigger rent, so it will pay off long-term. Remember, everything you invest in is something that will pay you back one way or another.

With these small tips you can give your new endeavour an optimal start. Do regular inspections to make sure everything is in order and be smart about the kind of tenants you let in, and everything will pay off. Now sit back and watch as the tenants and their removal vans start showing up at your doorstep. Read more at:

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