There are hundreds, if not thousands of rental properties on the market at any one time. Some of them are fantastic properties, others are quite poor (although still habitable if you wish). My suggestion is that if you are going be searching for properties to rent, you should only search for homes for rent by owner. Let me explain.
Homes for rent by owner mean that you will be renting them directly from the owner of the property. There is no ‘middleman’ so to speak. They would have listed the property themselves, and it would be them tasked with finding a person to live in the property. The great thing is, straight away this gives you direct contact with the owner. This will enable you to see what their personality is like, and whether you will want them be a landlord for you. After all, let’s be honest, there are plenty of landlords out there that you wouldn’t want to touch with a barge pole due to their poor attitude!
In addition to this, since there is no middleman taking a slice of the ‘money pie’ you will often find that the rental cost of the property is a great deal cheaper. Which of course is going to benefit you in a number of ways, mainly financially. Although in the future you may see far fewer rent increases, which is going to be of great benefit. Those that work with agencies tend to have pretty harsh contracts which put up their prices fairly often, and of course this is something that you are going to want to avoid as much as possible.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of finding homes for rent by owner though is the fact that you are going to have direct contact with the owner. This means that everything gets sorted out incredibly quickly. I don’t know if you have ever dealt with an agency before, but from time to time these can be a complete nightmare to deal with. Having your questions answered is next to impossible as they are in charge of a number of properties and thus don’t really know yours in depth. In addition to this, getting your repairs carried out takes a long time, and quite often, the agency will try to do everything possible to get out of this. Owners tend not to be like this as they respect their properties.
Homes for rent by owner are available in all shapes and sizes. Remember, due to all of these benefits here, they do tend to be snapped up rather quickly, so if you see a property, make inquiries about it very quickly as you don’t know whether it is still going to be hanging around the next day!
If you are looking for homes for rent by owner, then make sure that you look in a reputable location, that way you can be sure that not only are you going to find the best possible prices, but the chances that you will end up being scammed are far lower (although to be fair, they are pretty low anyway!)
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