Do Short Term Leases Help Or Hurt Landlords?

Short- and long-term leases both have different benefits and setbacks, before you begin any lease discussions with a prospective tenant you should research the pros and cons.

Although some landlords may be open to offering their tenants short-term leases, the reality is that most landlords don’t actually take the time to think about if that lease will potentially help or hurt them.

In this article, we will break down short-term leases and provide you with more information about if this popular lease term actually helps landlords or hurts them.

What Is a Short Term Lease?

A ѕhоrt-tеrm lеаѕе gеnеrаllу rеfеrѕ tо a lеаѕе wіth a duration of lеѕѕ thаn ѕіx mоnthѕ. Often, thеу are bаѕеd оn a mоnth-tо-mоnth rеntаl аgrееmеnts, whісh may оr mау not bе rеnеwеd аt the еnd of each mоnth.

Although mоnthlу аgrееmеntѕ аrе thе most соmmоn, thеу mау bе wееklу, оr еvеn lеѕѕ thаn оnе wееk in thе саѕе оf vacation rеntаlѕ.

Shоrt-tеrm lеаѕеѕ are mоrе соmmоn іn аrеаѕ wіth hіgh demand аnd lоw supply оf rental рrореrtу аѕ lаndlоrdѕ can аffоrd to be mоrе раrtісulаr аbоut who they сhооѕе as tеnаntѕ, аnd can rаіѕе the rent at thе еnd оf еасh ѕhоrt lеаѕе реrіоd.

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Do Short Term Leases Hurt Owners?

Yes, it’s true that short-term leases do offer landlords some flexibility but the reality is that a short-term lease means that a landlord may have their property rented for 3-6 months at a time but it’s entirely possible that their rental property may not be rented for one month or more at a time because the success of these types of leases is all based on demand.

With a long-term lease, a landlord also benefits from the following:

  • Income stability
  • One consistent tenant for the next 12 months or longer
  • Most tenants who opt for long-term leases have higher standards for their rental properties than short-term
  • You can plan for the future with a long-term
  • Less turnover Maintenance Costs

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Are Month-To-Month Leases Bad for Landlords?

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Are month-to-month leases a bad idea?

Although this type of lease is supported by some landlords in the United States who like month to month leases because of the perceived flexibility that they offer, the reality is that a month-to-month lease is a bad idea especially for the following reasons:

Reason #1 – Month to Month Leases Don’t Offer Financial Security

The first reason to not consider a month-to-month lease is lack of financial security that will result from choosing these types of leases.  

This type of lease doesn’t offer you any financial security due to the obvious fact that a tenant can be gone in 30 days and you may have to pay your mortgage or other property expenses out of pocket while you look for another tenant.

Reason #2 –  Vacancy

Without a tenant in place another side effect that can come with choosing a month to month lease is more vacancies during the year.

Depending on the rental market and location of your property your rental could be empty for weeks at a time while you search for a new tenant.

Reason #3 – You Can’t Plan for The Future

Another unfortunate consequence of allowing one or more tenants to have a month to month lease is the fact that you cannot plan for the future because your tenant can be gone within 30 days.

If your income is always fluctuating due to your tenants leaving because of the month to month leases you won’t be able to plan for the future and potentially grow your portfolio of rental properties.

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