Short Term Leases Pros and Cons For Landlords and Tenants

Short Term Leases

Short term leases seem to be in demand a lot.  A short term lease by definition is any lease that is usually from three to six months longs.

A short term lease for a landlord is usually not a great idea.  Every prospective tenant that I have ever talked to wants the biggest, nicest home they can afford with new flooring, fresh paint and every amenity.

 

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I have never spoken to anyone that would just love to move into a home that has “used” carpet, walls that were painted for the last tenant and the “old” smell of the previous tenant.  For that reason, most landlords prefer long term leases.

 

Landlords And Short Term Leases

A good landlord takes care of the houses in his inventory and wants them to look nice when shown to prospective tenants.  But time is money.  It takes time and money every time you turn a house for a new tenant. 

 

It makes sense for you to replace the carpet and to apply fresh paint if the tenant has been there long term.  Not so much though when the tenant has been there for let’s say six months or less.  Landlords typically do not like to rent to short term tenants. 

 

One major advantage to allowing a short term lease is that short term leases cost a lot more.  The landlords that are willing to do short term leases in my area charge more per month.  It can be very lucrative when you can charge $200 to $300 more a month to rent short term. 

 

If the tenant wants an extension to the lease term, you also have the ability to raise the rent again.

 

Tenants And Short Term Leases

For tenants who are looking for a short term rental, many times they will willingly pay the extra monthly charge just to be able to come and go quickly.

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Reason for wanting a short term rental:

  1. Building a house
  2. Got transferred & not familiar with the area
  3. Death in the family & need to be here short term to settle the estate
  4. Getting transferred, old lease is up, have to move short term

 

There are four reasons that I commonly hear when someone calls the office looking for a short term lease. Short term leases give the tenant a lot more flexibility.

 

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I always have to explain that it is just too costly for most landlords to considering renting a residential property for a short term.  When tenants move around a  lot, it can also cause a hit to their credit scores because each new landlord is going to want to run credit.

 

Should You Consider Doing Short Term Leases

At the end of the day, only you can decide if your business model will allow you to do short term leases.  In my opinion, the only time it makes any sense is if you have a vacant home that has been sitting for several months. 

Vacant homes are at a much higher risk of being broken into and being stripped of plumbing, wiring, etc.  Also, if you house is vacant during the cold winter months, you either have to winterize it or keep the heat on which costs you money.

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