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  • February 25, 2021

Understanding Your Responsibilities as a Property Investor

When you seek to invest in property, you obviously want to try and make as much money as possible. That is likely going to be your primary aim. But there are many corollary things you have to think about at the same time, and if you fail on these fronts then you will often fail in your main goal too. One of the things to think about is what your responsibilities might be, and actually you’ll find there are a surprising amount of these that you need to be aware of.

Let’s take a look at some of the main responsibilities you will likely have as a property investor.

Be Honest With Your Advisor

When you are investing in considerable sums and properties of large values, it is wise to have a financial advisor on your side. They can help you to make the best decisions and reduce your risk and losses. But they can only do that effectively if you are perfectly open and honest with them, so you need to make sure that you are doing this as best as you can. Be sure not to hold anything back from them and to be as upfront as you can at all times.

Take Care of the Property

Many areas are things where you have part of the responsibility, and the tenant has part of it too, often pretty equally. One example of this is when it comes to looking after the property itself. If you want to be sure you are taking care of your responsibilities, you need to do everything in your power to keep the property intact along with the tenants doing their part too. It’s important to understand where the boundaries lie, and what is your property versus what is common property, but as long as you do that you should be able to get this right.

Keep Your Accounts Current

You never know when you might have to show to the taxman or whoever else exactly what investments you have, so you should make sure that you are doing all you can to keep your accounts current at all times. There are many things that you need to think about here, but as long as you keep your accounts updated you should be fine, should there be an audit or some similar process that you have to go through.

Be a Good Landlord

You need to start thinking of your relationship to the tenant as something that you have to work on and maintain. It’s best to think of it as both a business deal and a personal responsibility, for it really is both. For the tenant, it is their home, so you need to make sure that you are being the best landlord you can be. That means dealing with whatever problems may arise, as well as doing all you can to be fair and reasonable. If you can do that, you are going to have much more luck in getting future tenants too.

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