Rent out my house but use the garage as storage for my car and some possessions?

I'm prepping ahead in the event of making a career change. One involves moving to an area not far from the house I own.

Now I don't want to sell my house and would rather rent it out. My question is this. I want to keep my summer car in the garage there. Can I do that and still rent out the rest of the

I'm prepping ahead in the event of making a career change. One involves moving to an area not far from the house I own.

Now I don't want to sell my house and would rather rent it out. My question is this. I want to keep my summer car in the garage there. Can I do that and still rent out the rest of the house to people? They would have unlimited access to the house and basement but the garage is off limits.

I would obviously take precautionary measures and lock the garage door and entrance up and put a stipulation in the lease agreement to not attempt to enter the garage.

But is this a fair request to ask someone who wants to rent my house?

Best Answer:

Matthew: Sure it's fair. One particular potential renter may not like the arrangement and may choose to look elsewhere, while another may have no problem with it.

The potential problem you have is, if your property is stolen/damaged by a break-in to the garage, how do you prove the tenant did it? Unless you can, the tenant will bear ZERO responsibility. If the garage is off-limits to them, they have no legal responsibility to police it for you.

Other answer:

Matthew:
Some people might agree to it. However, expect the garage to be broken into.
Big Deal Maker:
You can rent out the limited amount of the space. However when someone is looking for a home to rent they want the garage as part of the rental. It will limit your home hunters for a rental.
loanmasterone:
You might indicate in the lease agreement that the garage is not included in the rental of the house.

You would need to add to the lease agreement that the landlord would have access to the garage as the landlord desire.

The only hitch I see is if the tenants would have access to the driveway that leads to the entrance to the garage, you might have to deny this also as when you decide to have access to the garage, you might have need for the apron of the driveway.

This is not uncommon in the rental field.

I once used a garage to store equipment in to take care of my rental units.

I hope this has been of some benefit to you, good luck.

"FGHT ON"

Judy:
yes
tro:
you can rent whatever you want and make your own terms, it is not a guarantee that any of the tenants will rent a house that they don't have access to the garage
there will be a time when they won't even have access to the driveway when you want to be able use your summer car
I would NOT agree to this arrangement, lease or no lease
anonimitie:
You can but, why not charge a premium for rent and apply the extra to a storage unit? Or simplify your life and clear out the junk you just can't part with?
Tavy:
Yes that is possible and people do do it.
Devoreal:
Yes. I do that. Make a lease and get the contract in writing.
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