20 Ways to Increase the Profits from Your Rental

Is your rental property paying you less than the cost of the mortgage?


Despite what many people think, making money from your rental property is not easy, especially if you have a mortgage. If you are ready to give up and sell your property, try some of our suggestions before you throw in the towel.


Most landlords think the easiest way to get more money is to increase the rent. This will be the most obvious way but not always the correct course of action. If you increase your rent above what market will bear, you will have vacancies, higher turnover, and bad tenants.


Here are 20 ways to maximize your profit without increasing the rent:


1. Rent your property by the room. Some landlords create separate leases for each roommate and treat each room as a separate rental.


2. Check out Airbnb – short term rentals may be just the thing for you.


3. Offer furnished home for short term rentals. You should be asking for at least 2.5 times your standard rental rates to offset vacancies, utilities, cleaning, etc.


4. Operate rooming house if legal – assisted living, halfway house, etc


5. Increase late fees and any other fees that come from tenants not following your rules.


6. Charge pet fees – you can charge a very reasonable monthly pet fee, most tenants with pets will be happy to pay it.


7. Offer additional services to the tenant: landscaping, house cleaning, pool cleaning. Contract them out and collect fees from those services. Some tenants will gladly pay more for convenience.


8. Strategic upgrades and home staging can add a lot of value without a big price tag. Our favorite upgrades are a nice kitchen faucet, new hardware on cabinets, and smart locks. If the appliances are old and broken, replace them. This will save you money on unnecessary repairs and allow you to get higher rent.


9. Repairs – many expensive repairs can be eliminated by regular maintenance and property checks. Every six months deliver new filters to the tenant, clean the drain, the dryer vent, etc. have a page with instructions and videos on how to fix minor issues: like resetting the disposal.


10. Minimize vacancies and turnover time. Use professionals who can turn over the unit in a day. Start showing a month before the old tenant moves out. Offer free cleaning while showing the unit. It’s worth it. Price it well!


11. Chose the right tenant: I can’t emphasize this enough. Tenants who can barely afford the rent can make your life miserable and be very demanding and expensive.


12. Transfer some of the cost to tenants: for example, pest control. Give them a pest clean house and one week to report any problems. After that, it will be their responsibility to keep it pest-free. You should fix any infestations but you have to charge them for it.


13. Conduct regular inspections. It’s best to combine the inspection with preventative maintenance. Your tenants will be happy because you are taking care of the property and not consider the visit as an intrusion.

14. Ask the tenants to give you a professionally clean house and carpet when they leave. You can refer them to professionals you use. Conduct the final inspection after that has been done. Include a charge in the lease if the cleaning has not been done.

15. Accommodate tenants if they want to leave early but charge fees – two months’ rent is reasonable.

16. Offer to rent a washer, dryer, furniture or security system.

17. Offer to rent storage if you can place a storage unit on the property

18. Charge a fee to customize the home – possibly paint a room or a wall. Don’t ever let the tenants do it. Send your handyman.

19. If you are using a property manager can you just use him to lease the property and you do the rest?

20. Finally, examine your taxes and insurance. Is your property assessed property? Are you overpaying for insurance?


I hope this list gave you some ideas. If you are already using any of these methods to increase your rental income please share your experience with us.

Is it recommended to install a washer and dryer in a rental house?

It depends on the property and the location. If you have type A property and competing rentals offer washer and dryer, you need to provide them as well.

Type B property yes with a slightly higher rent.

Type C, no, unless they rent it from us, typically at $50 extra per month.

That being said, you should definitely offer washer and dryer hookups. It makes a difference in how fast you rent your property.

If you let your tenants bring a washer, dryer or any appliance for that matter, insist on a professional installation. This is a lesson we learned from experience.

 

My tenant has told me that he will not pay rent this month. What can I do? Can I change locks? Can I hold his stuff until he pays me?

This is a question we received today from a brand new landlord.

What can you do if the tenant has told you that he is looking to move but also has not given you notice or has told you that he will not be paying for his last month’s rent?

This is the exact situation why last month’s rent needs to be collected at the beginning of the lease. Even though our lease states that security deposit cannot be used for last month’s rent, there is very little one can do to enforce that.

That being said, serve the tenant a 3-Day Pay or Quit Notice the day after the rent is late. If they don’t pay, file for eviction.

What you shouldn’t do is change the locks or hold his stuff. This is self-help eviction and it’s illegal in nearly all states.

Here is more information on the eviction process in Florida.

 

My Tenant Is In Medically Induced Coma. What Should I Do?

If you have an emergency contact for your tenant, it’s best to call that person. If you inherited the tenant, look in the lease, you may find it there.

If you can’t find it in the lease, call her work or ask the hospital. 

The emergency contact may have the legal authority to end the lease and come and get her things. Or, conversely, to pay the rent. Being listed as an emergency contact doesn’t give anyone the right to enter the rental or to make decisions for the tenant.

A medically induced coma rarely lasts more than a few weeks, so in addition to finding out who is the emergency contact for the tenant, waiting it out maybe the best course of action.

I would definitely recommend consulting an attorney if this lasts more than one month. 

 

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Codebox is my favorite solution for landlords who have less than 5 rental properties. The cost for the lockbox is $46-$56 (prices may change) one time. I like that you own the lockbox and you don’t have to pay monthly fees.

Screen of dashboard of Codebox

This code allows you to send a code to potential tenants for a viewing. You can ask them for a selfie and copy of their driver’s license before they can view the property. The code is only valid for a one-time viewing.  

You can pair the Codebox with some showing apps but all of them are too expensive for just a couple of rentals.

We tried the Junior Codebox and the only negative we found is that sometimes you have to press the buttons really hard to make them work. I don’t hear the same complaint for the Larger Codebox.

If you are a landlord with small number of rentals, this is a time saver. We have used a similar lockbox in our business (Rently) and we’ve never had an issue.