Becoming a landlord isn’t easy. It’s not a career choice that should be made without genuine thought and consideration. Many people become landlords to capitalise on solvency or as an investment for the future. If you’re considering becoming a landlord at some point, here are the 5 things you need to know first.
This is an absolute must. When you become a landlord, it’s imperative that you understand what rules and laws you must follow. It’s also important to scratch up on your rights and the rights of your tenants. Ask yourself the following:
As a landlord, there’s many more questions you’ll find yourself asking. It’s imperative to know where your position is in the eyes of the law.
Being a landlord isn’t a 9 to 5 job. You may be you own boss and you may enjoy your independence. This doesn’t mean your working day isn’t altered and changed by others. At any moment, a tenant can call you with a major issue and no matter what, it’s your responsibility to resolve that issue. The severity obviously affects the time frame you can take to respond. If there’s a major issue which needs to be resolved immediately, it’s up to you to deal with it or call in someone who can. Your days will be unstructured and spontaneous. Be prepared for a tenant’s call at the most inconvenient of moments.
The best landlords do far more than that which naturally falls within the remit of the job title. In fact, you role will go far more than you could initially expect. Here are a few professions that your time as a landlord could prepare you for:
When you’re a landlord, no matter how much research you’ve done, you’ll always be surprised. Expect small issues to linger for a while and then expect major problems to suddenly dominate much of your waking life. Thankfully, the longer you do this job, the more likely you are to recognise potential complications. You’ll also learn after a few bad tenants, which warning flags you should look out for and what circumstances breed disaster.
Whatever your own personal goals may be, being a landlord can help you achieve them. As a landlord, you’ll get freedom, money and power. If you make enough, you can even grow your own mini empire of properties. Put the hard work in and benefit from the rewards further down the line.
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