If you're one of many real estate investors, or want to be one, you've certainly listened to horror stories about the hazards of possessing rental property. Any landlord will agree that renting out your property is high-risk...The good news is that the hazards do not need to keep you awake all night. In this article I look at a few of the hazards that can haunt rental-property proprietors and what they can do to frighten them off.

The Top 4 Nightmares...That Real Estate Investors Want To Avoid.

>>>> 1) Renter terrors...If you treat your renters well, just about all of them will treat your property with respect. Some won't, and if you end up renting to one of these terror tenants, you could be in for a long, arduous battle. Tenant rights vary by state...In California, for instance, a landlord can force out occupancy with only 3 days' notice if the renter has materially damaged the property. So as a real estate investor it wise to know your rights and options before renting.

>>>> 2) The curse of zoning bylaws...A frequent problem for new real estate investors is purchasing a property on faith without checking for required zoning permits. For instance, suppose that you purchase a multiunit building only to be advised later by your city that the former possessor had not obtained the required permits necessary to convert it from a single-family dwelling. This could mean having to pay big fees or even having to turn the building back into a single-family home. This is certainly awful news especially if you were counting on 3 rents to cover your monthly mortgage cost.

Likewise, rezoning can put substantial headaches for real estate investors who are counting on the appreciation of their rental holding. For instance, a city could amend the zoning regulation that applies to the region where your real estate is in order to admit a piece of land in that region to have a different usage than the bordering district, such as adding commercial real property to a residential area. Usually, residents and owners in the neighborhood will have the chance to voice their concern, but if it's rezoned in any event, it may affect vacancies rates, rents and property values.

>>>> 3) Beastly ordinances...Municipal and state ordinances are configured to protect both renters and property owners, but when new ordinances...Also known as regulations or bylaws are passed, this can be a real bother for landowners. For instance, a few municipalities have adopted what are concerned as [animal house regulations,] which may obligate the property owner to be responsible if the renter conduct disturbs the neighborhood or places others at risk.

>>>> 4) The value abyss...The past real-estate house of cards falling and foreclosure crisis in the U.S. created a chilling flip-flop world for real estate investors. It's called slumburbia, and it frequently comes with dark, deserted buildings, suspicious characters and a feeling of anticipating. Essentially, as a consequence of the recent real-estate market break up and the growing number of foreclosures, that some Modern suburbs were left with so few occupants that numerous houses sit empty and the neighborhoods have fallen under disrepair.

While the mortgage crisis constituted an extreme example from which a lot of real estate investors could not break away from, landlords can protect themselves from this risk by purchasing property in localities that are in all probability to hold their desirability. If you own a property that's in a central location or is close by a major university or other significant local amenity, you're less likely to go through extreme swings in the property's desirability and value.