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What is the best way to structure a rent to own contract?

What is the best way to structure a rent to own contract?
I need to know how I should set up a rent to own contract, the way the payment are handled.

Answer by Feeling Mutual
Danger Danger

You really need to do a credit background check on them before you let them into the house.

You can find rent-to-own contracts all over the internet.

If they default, it can easily be 3 months before you can evict them, more if they file for Bankruptcy, and Bankruptcy voids your contract.

Answer by hunter2

The basic rent to own is some money down. As much as you can get. Then an agreed upon monthly rent. Usually higher than the market rent by $ 150-200 per mo. The extra per mo. is credited toward the purchase price along with any up front monies (option money)
The sales price is agreed upon now. It is writen in the contract.
You agree that at the end of 1 or 2 years they are to finance the home and pay you off.

Best of luck,

Answer by go_lc_bears
On a rent to own contract, there are two seperate documents.

First is the lease, the second is the Option to Purchase.

You treat the lease as a standard tenant lease, except that the tenant is responsible for ALL repairs, since they intend to own the home in the future. DO NOT put anything about the option to purchase in the lease, it will make it harder to evict them if you must.

In the Option to Purchase agreement, you say at what price they are going to pay, when they can excersise the option (any time, in a year, in 5 years, ect), when/if it expires, how much they paid as a deposit, and how much of their monthly rent is paid towards the purchase. Be sure to word it as a “Deposit” and not a “downpayment.” If they don’t purchase, a downpayment would have to be refunded, a deposit wouldn’t be if they broke the terms of the lease.

Be sure to include that the option is cancelled if the lease is broken. If they stop paying rent, then you can evict them based on the lease, which says nothing of the option to purchase, and the option to purchase is voided by the lease and you keep the deposit. Then you work on finding somebody who will actually make payments.

I don’t mean to sound pessemistic, but most homeowners looking to rent-to-own are used to renting, have bad credit, and poor incomes. Expect the house not to sell, and if it does then wonderful, you made a profit!

Good luck, if you have any other questions, feel free to email me, and I will try to answer them the best that I can.

Answer by outwest
I cannot stress this enough, GET A LAWYER to draw up contract! Ask me how I know this. It should only cost 100-300 to do. Make sure the lawyer is a real estate lawyer and ask how many lease option contracts he/she has done.

Answer by teran_realtor
You don’t say if you’re the buyer or the seller. The “best way to structure a contract” is one thing if you’re buying, another if you’re selling.

In my opinion, rent to own is not a thing to do, so I think the best way to do it is this.

1 – Find a place to rent. During the rental period, get your credit up and save some money.
2 – When the time comes, get pre-qualified for a loan.
3 – Go find whichever house you’d like to buy that falls within your budget.

These three steps take you SAFELY from rent, to own.

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