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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