Protecting property: Before you decide to let

House rented

The other factor is the changing profile of the tenant. A new breed of educated professionals began to migrate to cities to take up emerging job opportunities or take up residence upon job transfer. There was demand from corporates, multinationals and even students. The fear among owners began to disappear and professionalism is creeping in albeit slowly.

Benefits from rental

Rentals are beneficial in two ways. One, the income and secondly, the person who moves in, invariably takes care of the premises, thereby removing the worry on account of maintenance. For example, NRIs usually rent out their flats to MNCs, for are not able to visit, check and follow-up on their property frequently. Hence they need a legally sound agreement and a tenant who can maintain the property well. MNCs fit the bill.

The legal agreements are drawn in professional manner and the companies take care of these flats very well as people who stay there are of very high ranks such as CEOs, directors etc. "I have a 3 BHK flat at Marine Drive in southern Mumbai. I have given it to a foreign bank at Rs 2 lakh per month. The agreement is executed by the solicitors of both the parties. I cannot take risk of any kind since I stay in USA and my flat here costs about Rs 20 crore," says Reena Asher who is busy renewing the agreement and renegotiating the rent.

If a flat owner does not have any pressing priorities, he must compare the monthly rent against the maintenance outflows. When deciding to choose the flat in which he would live and the flat to be let out, the owner should compare factors such as location, age, neighbourhood, common amenities, size, facilities, outgoings or expense towards maintenance etc of the flat, proximity to amenities and connectivity.

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