Renting Out Properties: Staying Safe

by Team Dinks on October 3, 2013 · 0 comments

[This is a guest post]

If you have the money available, have you ever considered purchasing a second property or two and starting up as a landlord?

It might not seem logical to spend a considerable sum of money right now, but tying it down into something concrete that generates income can prove more valuable and secure in the long run – especially later in life when you retire or don’t work as much.

Protection

Of course, as a landlord you will need insurance. There is a big difference between traditional home cover and Landlord Insurance and it is all based on who lives in the property. With a normal home, the owner is often the resident but, when it comes to being a landlord, you are essentially arranging cover for the actions of someone else.

Yet cover also insures the house and other aspects that are still your responsibility. As such it is a highly useful form of security that gets you the money you need should something ever happen.

Rights

Being a landlord also changes some of the rights in regard to you and the property which you should be aware of. Once a home is established as a rental property, you can’t simply turn up whenever you like. The tenants are given access to the home and you legally can’t just walk in because you’re the owner. A notification period is a requirement and often found in the contract, usually offering a minimum time frame of 24 hours – with exceptions made for emergencies – and you must turn up at a ‘reasonable time of day’.

Expanding

As stated at the beginning, renting a property can often feel as if you’re trading in a large sum of money for a smaller income. However, try to remember that income is ongoing whereas the money has a limit to it an end. Even in these circumstances, you have this money tied up in the property should you ever want to stop being a landlord.

Yet you should consider expansion if increasing your income is what you want. One property generates a small bonus but multiple properties will capitalise on any potential. Given that it only involves a certain amount of paperwork and potentially low maintenance, running such properties could prove to be a great source of extra income.



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