Username Post: renting out your home
Gelidy Gelato
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Gelidy Gelato

    In response to TraciK

my only suggestion would be do a complete walk through with the renter and take photos.(like what they do when you rent a car) Discuss what would be considered normal "wear & tear" and give examples of things that might result in them forfeiting part or all of their deposit. You don't have to go nuts with the speech. A lot of it is common sense.

I think the one thing that catches renters off guard is scratching hard wood floors. A couple really deep scratches and they can lose their entire deposit.

Also you might want to go for "no pet" and "no smokers".

PS The deposit is your protection against damage, so if it's legal in your area, ask for 2 months.

And personally I would come up with some excuse to get a look at the inside of your home after a few months of renting. That way if you see something crazy you can act.

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