Profitable Real Estate Investing Tip 1: Review Leases Annually!

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Tip 1: Keep Your Leases Current and at Market by REVIEWING and AMENDING your lease contracts every year.

From year to year things can change dramatically. Don’t miss out on profit because you are making simple mistakes like not keeping your leases current or not following the market. Set a reminder on your calendar to put a renewal in front of your tenant annually. This gives you an opportunity to restructure things and address issues.

Don’t think of it as an ordeal, but something you do to ensure that you are on track with your property or properties. A one page renewal with any lease changes that includes the new rent amount and the date it takes effect will suffice. The tenant should have a certain number of days to sign it and return it making the contract fair for you and your tenant.

  • A month to month lease is not good because a tenant can terminate their contract at very short notice leaving you the investor hanging. You can make changes on the lease at short notice as well; making it unsavory to some tenants.
  • An auto renewed lease is not good because you could miss the deadline and be stuck with a lease that doesn’t reflect the current changes you have made to the property or the market. If you own property in an area that doesn’t have rent control you could be losing out on money. Also significant market changes could have happened and because you are using an auto renewed lease you are missing out on that profit too!

Consider any updates you have made to the property that should be included in the lease.  And while you’re at it, conduct your annual inspection of the property (especially if you have not done one since they moved in).  This will also give you an opportunity to ensure the property is being maintained and there aren’t any unreported maintenance issues. Review Leases Annually. If this is too tasking you can always allow your property manager to handle this for you. Feel free to contact Sovereign Realty & Management to handle this task for you annually. Remember there’s power in property management!

Next week we will discuss the importance of Budgeting for Expenses.

5 replies
  1. LaTasha Wilson
    LaTasha Wilson says:

    I am currently renting a property in Ellenwood; how can I find out how much my rent may increase? Is there a place where renters can learn what determines an increase in rent?

    I enjoyed the post.

    Thanks!

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    • Karen Hatcher
      Karen Hatcher says:

      Good question! You first want to check your lease to see if there is a built-in automatic increase at renewal time. If so, there is your answer. Otherwise, take a look online at https://www.sovereignrm.com/homes-for-sale/ or zillow.com and filter for Rentals to see what similar rentals in your area are renting for. If you are renting under market, your landlord may want to increase it to market. But, your best bet is to have the conversation with your Landlord as early as possible and then get the agreed upon final terms in writing.

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