Why would a landlord offer only a six month lease?
July 5, 2012 9:28 PM Subscribe
Why would a landlord want only a six month lease on a house rental?
posted by scaryblackdeath to home & garden (23 answers total)
My girlfriend/partner and I are looking for a house to rent in (north) Seattle (or close suburbs). After a week of searching and finding lots of competitors and lots of musty houses, we found one that we love in a great neighborhood with a surprisingly low rent. It's in good condition. We fell in love immediately and were thrilled when our application was accepted.
Thing is, the landlord wants to "try things out" with a six month lease, and this has us nervous. We are dealing with a realtor as a go-between, so it's not like we've been able to ask questions directly.
We're both about 37 years old. I'm a substitute teacher, so I don't make a ton of money, but I certainly make enough to pay the rent. My partner just got out of a two-year trade school program in Boston, so she's currently looking for work and running on savings... but we both have excellent credit (scores are well over 700), no credit history and no issues with former landlords giving bad references.
Anyone seen this sort of thing before? We're flustered and wondering if they're worried about our ability to pay rent? Or if maybe they want to jack the rent up in 6 months if the rental market gets more favorable (rents are low right now)? Or maybe the landlord expects someone in particular to be ready to move in after 6 months, and just wants to keep the place occupied?
We're not worried about covering the rent, but we are very concerned about the landlord declining to re-lease in six months. Having to move is a pain in the best of cases, but my girlfriend plans on buying some professional equipment that's gonna be a serious pain to move again once we're settled.
Is this standard practice for some sort of concern, or do we need to keep looking?