All You Need To Know About Rent Roll

Dated: July 16 2020

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Chances are you are not hearing the term rent roll for the first time, considering that it is one of the most used in the real estate business. Well, we will admit that you have not, for this post. Read on to learn more about Rent Roll and how it works.

Rent Roll Explained

A rent roll can be described as a register that records the rent generated by an income-producing property. So, the rent roll of an investor will be a list of all the rental units they own. A rent roll is an essential document for every rental property owner out there for two reasons. First, it denotes proper record keeping, and second, the buyer of the property will most likely ask for it. That said, let’s take a look at the information packed in a rent roll or rent register Information in a rent roll You will find the property identification by address in the Rental Roll. But that is not all – you also have separate details of every rental unit in the investment property.

These details include: The description of the unit, including the floor and unit number. The type and size of the unit (measured in square footage). The names of the tenants or occupants. The dates of move in, expiration of the lease, and move out. The amount of rent paid. The amount of the security deposit. Other income or fees. The total amount paid and the due date.

Why should you create a Rental Roll?

A property buyer will always ask for the Rental Roll of a property they are about to buy. This is because they consider it as a source of accurate and important information. The Rental Roll documents the history of ownership of a property. One can also get an insight into the past rental income of the property from the time it started serving as an income property. The buyer will require this information and more to do a proper investment property analysis. Plus, the rental yield obtainable from the records can be used to estimate the cash on cash return and the cap rate. Overall, a buyer will depend on the information from a rent roll to determine if buying the property is a sound investment decision. Likewise, the buyer can uncover any hidden problems in the rental history of the property from the information in the rental roll. For instance, the vacancy rate can be determined, and the cause is identified with the help of the rental roll.

The buyer can also see if there are possibilities of increasing the rent in the future to boost their ROI. You can also uncover any unpaid money or rental arrears, and propose ways of sorting them all by checking the rental roll. This information will come handy in negotiating the right buying price for the property. So, do not ignore the rental roll when buying your next property. Analyzing the rent roll Now that you have laid your hands on the rental roll, the next thing is to analyze the information properly to obtain useful inferences. Again, I have provided some heads up to get you going.

1. Check all the leases.

Since you are buying the property to make profits, you must go through each lease on the rent roll. It is not uncommon to see property sellers rent some of the units at a rate lower than the market rates, just to sort vacancies. You should be on the lookout for discounts and the extent (if any). Another vital information to check is the leasing standards, especially how the tenants are screened before they are admitted. You may be surprised to discover that the past or present landlord ignored some vital aspects of tenant screening, which may cause problems for you as the new landlord. Lastly, carefully check the financial aspects of the whole process.

2. Look out for the red flags.

Except you are buying a relatively new rental property, chances are there are some issues with the property. While that is not strange, it becomes a problem when the present landlord tries to hide them. Thanks to the rental roll, you can uncover all of them, especially the turnover, unpaid rates, and fees, or vacancy rates. You may be shocked to see tenants that are yet to renew their leases or pay less than the standard rents. When you discover such issues, deepen your search and do even more serious probing into the rental property. While at it, evaluate the fee payments and their results. Lastly, fee payments should be trackable and up-to-date. All these data are crucial to estimating your rental income and return on investment. Ultimately, a rental property with several red flags is just a disaster waiting to happen.

3. Enlist the help of experts.

The assessment of the rent roll is not always a DIY. This is why you should work with professionals, who can leverage their experience and expertise to interpret and provide inferences from the analysis of the rental roll data

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