How do I become a landlord?

Do I need to own a home to become one?


Best Answer

You need to buy and own a home



The whole point of calling you a landlord is that you own LAND. If you don't have a job, we can't say you are employed. If you don't have a car, we can't say you drive. If you don't have a spouse, we can't say you are married. Well, if you don't own a house, we can't say you are a landlord. You have to have LAND in order to be a LANDlord.

To become a landlord, buy a house, then advertise it as for rent. Then, draw up a lease for the person who rents it from you. With that, you are a landlord.


You need to save up bare minimum 60,000$ for a down payment. Find a tenant and hope they pay u and don't trash the place.

Own a property which you can rent out.

You will need to maintain the property according to legal standards and follow state landlord-tenant laws as well as local regulations (fire extinguishers, fire escapes, building codes, etc).

While many laws are not strictly enforced, many amateur landlords get themselves into trouble, legal and otherwise. They lose money, get horrible tenants because they are not careful, or simply get overwhelmed with the amount of work involved. Hiring a property manager or maintenance is sometimes necessary.

Many landlords are successful. Even the President started out as a landlord buying older buildings, renovating and charging high rent. Manhattan rents were skyrocketing and he took advantage of it.

Yes. You can't rent property you don't own....

Yes, you need to be the lord over some land (through owned title) to be a landlord.

Yes, you own a home and rent it out (or even a room in it out) to someone else.If you rented a place and then sublet a room within the place you were renting then technically you could be a landlord without owning something.

A landlord is one who rents property to someone.If you don't own property, then you typically cannot rent it to someone.

If you rent a property and the landlord allows you to rent out rooms yourself to other people, then technically you are a landlord as well, but I doubt this is the situation you were hoping for.

The one extremely rare scenario is that you are renting property from the owner who allows you to sublet to someone else.My assumption is that you are looking to make money from being a landlord.If so, the math almost never works out for you to make money.If it did, the owner would adjust his rent you are paying so that he gets the profit.

You need to own a house, townhouse, or condo to be a residential landlord.
You could also own commercial property - offices, retail space, etc.
If you don't already know that, you are probably years away from being a landlord.