Landlording in a trust, I need help understanding this?

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Hello all,

I am new to BP, and I need help

I am worried about exposing the beneficiary of a trust to a tenant.

To whom should the tenant make the check out to, the Trust or Beneficiary?

When I open a bank account, does the bank not ask for the name of the beneficiary or the do I give the name of the trust?


who is the tenant renting from?  who are you in this relationship?  If you are a 3rd party, representing a property you don't have an ownership interest in, what does the law say to do?  Should have been covered in your licensing.

Let me clarify the question.

I am not licensed, nor am I acting as an agent. 

I would be the owner of the property. The property would be in the trust, The beneficiary  would be a secret, does the tenant send a check to the Trust or the beneficiary to be deposited at the bank?

Thanks for replying

Create a company and open accounts in that name.  It does not have to be a formal pain in the a$$ thing like an llc or such.  Just go to your bank and open a new checking account in your name....Antonio Cordeiro dba Keeping a secret from my tenants.   They pay the company this example Keeping a secret from my tenants.  You take the check and deposit it like normal.  

No need to tell them you own it or the name of the trust etc.  They sign a lease agreement between themselves and the property management company that has the contractual rights to represent that property.  The fact that you own both and the company is really a shell only for the purpose of keeping them in the dark is irrelevant and none of their business.

@Antonio Cordeiro you are greatly overthinking this. You just set up an account in the name of the trust. You tell the tenants to write the check out to the trust. 123 Main St Realty Trust for example. You deposit the check. I'm not sure why you are keeping yourself secret. If they call do you answer the phone and say you are somebody else? Do you have  a professional management company for your properties? It seems like a lot of work to hide the beneficiary of a RE trust. 

typically i overthink things, leads to nothing

Thank you for responses i have enough to move forward.

Best regards


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