International students coming to study in the U.S. continually grows year by year, creating plenty of opportunities for Frederick rental property owners. If you own or would like to own rental property near one of the many universities that attract international students, you may be wondering how to go about renting to them. Since international students have different needs than local renters, one should find out what these unique needs are to be able to successfully rent to this large renter demographic.
Perhaps the most important thing to know about renting to international students is that they often search for accommodations before they arrive in the United States. The most logical thing to do to increase your chances of renting to international students is to provide more information about your rental online.
It would be very useful to create a simple website with plenty of up-to-date photos of your rental property. Also, thinking about a way to accept applications online shall reward your efforts with a huge boost. To make sure that more people know about your property, list it on rental websites, and draw attention to what makes it ideal for international students.
Renting your property at least partially furnished is one way to appeal directly to international students. When they arrive in the U.S., few international students would want a house filled with furniture. Furnishing your rental home with a few basics can create a much more appealing option for these renters. Provide them with furniture that is simple but sturdy, leaving room for the students to add personal touches.
One way to attract international students to your rental property is to offer them short-term or month-to-month leases. The reason is that while some international students are planning to stay at least a year, maybe more, others might only be visiting for a semester at a time. Flexible leases allow you to fill your vacancies while meeting your tenant’s needs.
Once the applications start coming in, you’ll need a way to screen them. This process will be different from local renters since international students won’t have a Social Security number or U.S. driver’s license. One thing you can do is to request financial information, such as bank statements, and run their name through criminal databases in their home country.
Considering the many requirements international students need to fulfill just to study in the U.S., they are more likely to be serious when it comes to their studies and likely wouldn’t engage in destructive college student behaviors (throwing big parties, for example). Many property owners prefer to rent to international students instead of local students because they tend to be more responsible and conscientious renters.
There are over 1 million international students in the U.S., which presents ample opportunities for rental property owners looking to tap into a new rental market. But to do so, you will need to take steps to position your rental property accordingly.
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