Saving Taxes When You Rent to Relatives
Have you ever thought about renting to your relatives? It’s a great way to get wonderful tenants you already know.
Of course, renting is still a business agreement – even if your tenant is your college-age child or your retired in-laws.
As with every business agreement, this rental requires a clear understanding of what is and isn’t permitted by law. So set down the ground rules, then you can relax.
The Core to a Safe Rental Strategy
Here’s a good tip to remember when renting to relatives (it will help you escape the rental triple whammy): Charge a well-documented and market-supported fair rent to your relatives.
That way, your rental property will not get misconstrued as a second home.
Here are a few ways to prove the rent you charge is fair:
Print listings for similar rentals in the same neighborhood from craigslist.com
Cut out comparable rental ads from local newspaper want ads
Get letters from property managers
Obtain an independent appraisal
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To recap: Be sure to charge your relatives fair rent. Keep your relationship in good standing and your tax deductions on solid ground.