Illegal Rentals: What Dacula Landlords Need to Know
Some single-family Dacula Landlords convert an unused basement, attic, or in-law suite into a separate apartment to increase the profit potential of an investment property. However, creating a duplex out of a single-family home is not as simple as walling off a separate entrance. Adding an apartment into an existing house may violate local zoning ordinances and, if so, would be considered illegal.
Basement apartments are popular in some areas due to the shortage of affordable apartment homes. However, a basement apartment must meet certain criteria to be considered legal. This includes a minimum ceiling height, a minimum number of windows and exits, and possibly its own utility meters. The same thing goes for an in-law suite. In-law suites require proper zoning and permits to rent out – even to family members. You should also consider things like the availability of parking, how to guarantee proper refuse removal for all residents, and a host of other matters.
Renting out an illegal apartment is a liability minefield, both financially and lawfully. There are penalties Dacula Landlords will face once caught. You will likely be required to evict your resident and pay a large fine. You may even be ordered to pay for your resident’s relocation expenses, as well as any damages they claim. Your financial losses could be considerably more than your gains.
Utility Billing Hazards
Combining utilities with the main house is another potential hazard. Residents may not monitor their utility use if they never see a bill. It may seem easiest to simply include a flat amount for utilities in the rent, but if something does go awry with the lease you will have little legal recourse. Courts are unlikely to award you, Dacula landlords, any damage claims or to dismiss claims from litigious renters, if your rental property is illegal to begin with.
If you are not sure whether the apartment in your rental home is legal – or what to do about it if it isn’t – Real Property Management can help. We have property management professionals who understand zoning ordinances. We can assist you in navigating the ins and outs of rental properties. Real Property Management can help you to work with both the local zoning board and your residents. We make sure that your property is legal and that it is in a position for optimal financial return.
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