Yeah, I've heard about this happening around the Lake of the Ozarks.
is that a reference to the show? Haha
I did that years ago (1980's) but I was actually renting rooms in the homes. I would keep a 'room' in the attic or basement so that I could store tools etc (I could do rehab on the go). I would come & go as required and be there to collect the weekly rents. Most of the guys were young engineers that worked with me on a large 5-6 year commissioning job so the 4 homes I had became more like frat houses than rentals. (I never had to buy beer). Later in life another home I had was also subject to room rentals because with so much travel my insurance carrier threatened to cancel my coverage due to prolonged absences. I eventually sold most of them after some rehab, bought more home & moved on to be just another landlord.