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Podcast 136: Becoming a Landlord

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Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek talks to Paula Pant, journalist, entrepreneur and founder of the personal finance website Afford Anything.

Paula talks about several landlord-related topics, including what to look for when purchasing a property, how tenants see properties different than landlords and the kind of work a landlord should expect.

Table of contents

Consumerism Commentary Podcast[00:00] Introduction from Tom Dziubek
[00:36] Interview with Paula Pant
[00:54] Owning rental properties
[01:51] Analyzing a property’s profitability
[03:04] Expenses involved
[04:08] Things to look for in a property
[05:19] Renting to professionals
[06:54] The affect of the number of rental units
[08:39] Paula’s experience
[10:19] Fixer-uppers and meeting the needs of the tenant
[12:25] The costs of fixing up a house
[16:40] Income tax implications
[19:26] Being a landlord
[21:54] Finding good tenants
[23:05] What tenants look for
[23:38] Tasks to outsource
[28:17] End

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Updated April 13, 2016 and originally published November 27, 2011.

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avatar 1 Cejay

I am going to make DH read this. We spent this weekend talking about whether we wanted to invest in a couple of fixer uppers and become landlords. He is all for since he thinks this is how we will get another revenue stream for our retirement. Me not so much. But I did make the rule that I will vet potential tenants. DH is very softhearted.

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avatar 2 Anonymous

My dad own a couple of single room rentals. He says half the rental income goes to a licensed realtor.

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avatar 3 Anonymous

I meant for the first months rent.

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