Lease Option

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I bought my first home in October of 2014. I've decided I don't want to live there anymore and I've always wanted to be a landlord. So I was going to lease it out but then I heard about lease options. 

Lease options sound almost too good to be true to me so I'm wondering if I'm missing some partial element. I like the idea of money option that is nonrefundable. That makes me feel safe in the event that I have to evict the tenant. I like knowing that after the lease is up, the tenant may buy it, which is good for me, and if they don't buy it, I get to keep the option money so I still win? I understand if the house appreciates a lot during the time, then I may lose out on profits but I still don't see what's so bad about going this route.

Thanks, Mike

Hi @Michael Swogger .  In a nutshell it sounds like you got it right!  Just make sure you do a completely separate lease and separate option to purchase.  Mine do not reference each other.  You don't want to have an eviction turn into a foreclosure as a non-payer proves a case of equitable interest.  Good luck!

Welcome @Michael Swogger !

One the main elements with a lease option [like ALL business opportunities] is rock solid contract.  DO NOT download from rocketlawyer or something off the web for free or $50.

You will need to have a local, REI friendly, attorney draw one up for you. This should cost under $300.

Next, like all rentals, you will want to be sure to screen the prospective tenant/buyer thoroughly.  I use NTN.  Like the contract, don't skimp.  Pay for the full back ground check [it's only $35 vs. $17].

Get as much option money as you can.  This can vary from a few hundred to several thousand.

You're on right track, now get some education and start pushing forward!  

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