Becoming a landlord

As you get ready to build a second unit, it’s important to consider what it will be like to be a landlord.

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Things to consider

Being a landlord comes with a number of responsibilities that can be addressed by making sure you follow a structured, well-thought-out series of steps:

  1. Preliminary steps

    Prepare to rent your unit by getting insurance, setting up utilities, and developing a plan to handle the finances.

  2. The law and being a landlord

    You will need to understand all the laws related to being a landlord, especially with regards to discrimination.

  3. Setting the rent

    Learn how to establish a fair rent that will attract and keep good tenants. Maximizing the rent is often not the only consideration.

  4. Rental leases

    Make sure your lease (or rental agreement if it is month-to-month) clearly identifies all of the expectations for you and your future tenant.

  5. Finding a tenant

    Understand how to successfully advertise your unit and select a good tenant.

  6. Tenant management

    Have a long-term plan for the care and upkeep of your second unit, and how to address any issues with your tenant.

Step-by-step guidance

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