Rent your house out while living abroad. How I remotely manage my properties

Rent your house out while living abroad. How I remotely manage my properties

Renting out your house when relocating abroad or travelling the world sounds like a passive income dream come true. However, being a long-distance landlord that lives on the other side of the world has its own set of unique challenges. Here is how I manage my rental properties remotely and some of the issues I’ve had to deal with.

Earning passive income by renting out your house

As a property owner, what could be better than earning some extra income by renting out your house, sitting back and automatically collecting passive rental income every month while you zigzag the globe or relocate abroad?

Then when you’re ready to move back in (if you move back in), your tenant happily agrees to move out, leaving your home in perfect condition because they looked after it as though it were their own. 

Unfortunately, Renting out your house to generate an extra monthly cash flow and managing it from afar rarely lives up to the easy passive income dreams you imagined.  There are always tasks and unforeseen or unplanned issues involved in managing a rental property. 

In other words, it’s not a purely passive income endeavour.

I’m a long-distance landlord and manage my US properties while living abroad in France!

I’ve been a long distance landlord, living in France for over a decade now.

Before moving to France, I owned a single-family home in San Jose, California, which I rented out and managed myself entirely. Managing that one single-family home while working full time was relatively easy because I had a good tenant and lived less than a 45-minute drive away.

  • If there was a leak, I arranged to get it fixed and met the plumber.
  • New roof, no problem. I’ll drive down and pick out the new tiles myself and check in on the progress.
  • Random checks were easy. Every few months, I would drive by to make sure the yard was being well looked after. 
  • If my tenant moved out, I created the ad, reviewed every rental application, conducted tenant screening, ran credit reports, and showed the rental property to a prospective renter myself.

After the great recession of 2007-2009, we moved 3000 miles away to Montreal to live with my family for a year, followed by another 3000-mile move to France.

The transition was smooth because I had existing tenants in my house. However, relocating 6000 miles away made certain aspects of managing my rental property more challenging and complicated, but I made it work. 

Flash forward five years, I took advantage of the real estate boom and sold my California rental property with the help of a realtor.

To avoid capital gains tax, I reinvested the proceeds to purchase two new investment properties in two different emerging real estate markets located in different states, also remotely.

  1. I purchased one single-family home in Arizona.
  2. I also purchased a big old Victorian home on the East Coast that was converted into a multi-unit 4-plex apartment.

This is how I manage my real estate rental properties and some of the struggles and challenges I have to deal with as a long-distance landlord. My methods may not be perfect, but it works for me. 

Do your research first!

Every rental situation is different.

If you’re a property owner and considering renting out the home you bought as your primary residence while you work or live abroad, make sure to do your research.

These are just some of the issues you’ll need to look into. 

  • Decide how much rent you will charge by researching rental price values in the area. (Start by looking at Zillow rental prices)
  • How much security deposit will you charge?
  • Are you willing to let a renter have pets?
  • Get familiar with landlord-tenant law and fair housing laws, which can differ by location.
  • Check with your mortgage lender and your insurance agent to see if they have any objections.
  • Get up to speed with liability coverage such as renters insurance and landlord insurance.
  • Renting out your house also comes with its own set of income tax considerations, technically considered taxable income tax. It’s important to talk with a tax advisor as you start the process.
  • Does your City Have annual rental Inspections? If so, you’ll have to register your home and pay an annual fee, usually to the code enforcement division. During the inspection, the city inspector will walk through the home with a checklist looking to make sure you’re house is up to date and not a slum.
  • Once you have tenants living in your house, how will you deal with a bad rental situation and other issues that need to be dealt with: A broken furnace, leaky roof, clogged toilet, collecting each month’s rent etc. 

How NOT to collect the rent

Ask your potential tenant if they are willing to pay their rent online electronically and not with a physical check, especially if you live in another country.

It will make your life so much easier if tenants do. 

Here’s why.

When we moved to France, my existing tenant couldn’t or wouldn’t pay his rent electronically online, either because he didn’t have a bank account or didn’t believe in online banking. Either way, I had no choice but to continue accepting a physical check because landlords in California can’t force tenants to pay rent online or use electronic billing.  

That’s where the unanticipated challenges began.

Problems receiving a rent check mailed abroad via snail mail:

Every month was an agonizing waiting game.

My tenant’s rent checks would take weeks to reach me in France and got lost on several occasions. Then we moved from Marseille, France, to a small town in Provence, and my tenant forgot to use our new address on two separate occasions. 

If I hadn’t received my check after three weeks, only then could I contact my tenant because I was never sure if the check was lost, delayed by the post office, or because my tenant wrote the wrong address.

Problems depositing a foreign check in a local bank account

Once I received my tenant’s rent check in the mail, I then had to deposit it in my bank account.

My French bank told me that any foreign check I deposited into my French Euro bank account would automatically be converted to Euros which I didn’t want. I needed my rental income to stay in US dollars to pay for US expenses associated with my rental property; property taxes, repairs, utilities etc. 

My French bank also charged a fee for depositing a foreign currency check, which took up to two weeks to clear.

At that time, the only way for me to deposit my check into my US bank account was to sign the back of the check and mail it to my bank in the US with a deposit slip. This extra step added another week or two before the funds cleared my account. 

Workaround: If you have a family member willing to deposit your rent checks for you, you’ll need to give them a stack of deposit slips and ask them to write “for deposit only” on the back of the check. Not all banks will accept a check without an endorsed signature but some do.

Luckily, a couple of years later, technological advances made depositing rent checks remotely possible using my bank’s phone app. 

Depositing checks in a US bank account while abroad using my bank’s phone app

Once my bank finally had a bank app for depositing checks, things got easier.

All I had to do was take a picture of the rent check- front and back and hit the deposit button. The funds usually cleared my account instantly or within one day. 

deposit-by-phone-app

How tenants can pay their rent to you online

Technology has gotten so much better since 2011, and paying rent online seems to be more normalized, or people are less fearful of paying rent online than before.

Thankfully, all 5 of my current tenants agreed to pay their rent online electronically. It’s almost an instant transaction, and there’s no check, so nothing gets lost in the mail.

If I don’t see a deposit in my account by the fifth of each month, I know that tenants haven’t paid their rent. Before, with a physical check mailed to me, I was never sure if the check was delayed or lost in the mail.

There are so many different ways your tenant can pay their rent online now. Most are free and let tenants conveniently set up recurring rent payments online.

Some payment sites are made explicitly for landlords and tenants. Other online payment sites like Venmo, Paypal and Zelle, aren’t solely for paying rent and require both parties to create an account or download an app to transfer funds electronically between accounts.

Here are some of the more well-known services. 

DIRECT DEPOSIT: Using Landlord Property Management website portals

The following property management software platforms are specifically designed for landlords, each with strengths and weaknesses. 

I’ll only be talking about rental payments, but property management website portals usually offer a whole suite of services specifically for landlords, including:

Collecting rent, setting up automated payments, due-date reminders, late-fee enforcement, listing units, screening tenants, managing maintenance requests and more, all from your computer or phone.

Cozy now Apartments.com Rental Manager (free)

I used Cozy for years (now part of Apartments.com) and was extremely happy with them. Your tenants can pay their rent to you via their checking account for free.

If they pay with a debit or credit card, the tenant must pay a 2.75% fee. The choice is theirs, but there’s no extra cost for you either way! It takes about three business days for the funds to clear.

Zillow Rental Manager  (free)

With Zillow online rent payments, tenants can pay rent directly from their bank account for free.

If tenants choose to pay with their credit card, they will have to pay a 2.95% fee and, when using a debit card, a $9.95 convenience fee. The cost is free for you either way. It takes 3 to 5 business days for the money to get deposited into your account.  

Avail landlord software (free and low-cost option)

With avail, tenants can connect their bank account and schedule payments for a nominal $2.50 fee per payment.

If a tenant uses a credit or debit card, they’re charged a 3.5% convenience fee. No service fees are ever deducted from the amount funded to landlords, and funds usually clear within 3 to 5 business days.

Landlords can upgrade to the unlimited plus plan for $5.00 per month to receive funds faster; the next day. The ACH fee is also waived for your tenants if you subscribe to this plan.

DIRECT DEPOSIT: Using general money transfer apps for rent payments

The following are direct deposit money transfer apps to send and receive money for any reason, not just for sending rent.

Paypal (Too expensive: I don’t recommend Paypal to collect rent)

Paypal needs no introduction. If you use Paypal to collect rent, you’ll need a business account to avoid any conflict with their terms and conditions. With a business account, the landlord will pay fees on all rental income you receive. This is why I don’t recommend Paypal for collecting rent.

CONS:

  • Because you’ll need a business account, you will have to pay a fee on the rental income you receive. For example, if your rent is $2,000, you, as the landlord receiving funds, will have to pay 2.9% +.30= $58.30. Ouch!
  • Also, when your tenant pays their rent, the money goes into your PayPal account, not directly into a bank account. You then have to initiate a transfer from your Paypal account to the account you wish to receive the funds, which can take an additional 3 to 5 business days. 
  • PayPal is known for heavily favouring buyers (in this case, tenants) should a dispute occur. When issues do arise, PayPal can hold the funds, making them unavailable to you.

One of the issues with the following direct deposit apps is you can’t enforce full rent payments. A tenant can send you a portion of the rent due, and you can’t cancel or refuse the payment. This is dangerous and not ideal if you ever get into a situation where you need to evict someone because accepting a payment of just 1 dollar can stop the eviction process. 

Zelle Pay (Free)

Zelle isn’t just for sending and receiving rent. You can use it to send and receive money for any reason. 

I use the Zelle App through my bank to instantly collect rent payments for my single-family home, and it’s free for both my tenant and me. 

To use Zelle, both parties must have banks that support Zelle, a US mobile number or an email address. Landlords can request rent payments, but tenants cannot set up recurring payments if their associated bank doesn’t support it. 

CONS:  

  • If your tenant’s bank doesn’t support Zelle pay, they can still download and use the Zelle app, but I don’t recommend this because the weekly send limit is reduced to $500.
  • You can’t turn off or stop payments, so tenants can make partial payments. A workaround is to register for a Zelle account using a new email account. If you need to evict a tenant or refuse a rent payment, remove your registered email from the Zelle account, and tenants won’t be able to send you payments through Zelle anymore. 

Venmo (Free but not recommended)

Like Zelle, Venmo isn’t just for sending rent. Anyone can send and receive money through their app to people on their contact list for free. You can connect to people through social media or use their email or phone number like Zelle if they already have a Venmo account. If not, they’ll have to create an account first.

Unfortunately, collecting rent is not free because it’s considered a business transaction. (see cons below)

CONS:

  • To use Venmo to collect your tenant’s monthly rent payment online, you’ll need to become an authorized merchant with an approved Venmo business account, which comes with a 3% fee that you, the landlord, need to pay. On 2000 a month rental property, that’s 40 in fees. Ouch again.
  • If your tenant accidentally sends money to the wrong person, Venmo won’t refund the money or redirect it to the landlord.
  • There’s also no option for recurring, automatic payments or late fees.
  • Like Zelle, one of the most dangerous parts of these automatic payments is you can’t stop payment if you are in the process of evicting someone. 

There are many more services you can try. 

Should I hire a property manager to manage and rent out my house while living or working abroad?

One of the biggest decisions you’ll make as a landlord is whether you should hire a property management company.

If you only have one single-family home to rent out, finding a prospective tenant and managing that single property yourself without the help of a property manager is doable, provided you have a good tenant who is flexible.

When I say flexible, I mean a tenant who can handle the little things, like calling the plumber if there’s a leak. As a landlord, it’s still your responsibility to fix these types of issues. But having a tenant who’s willing to handle them on your behalf is a considerable time and cost savings.

Even if you think you can handle all the ins and outs of managing your rental property remotely, legally, you may be required to hire someone. 

Most states have specific landlord tenant laws regarding being a long distance landlord.

  • Some states legally require you to hire a property management company if you live out of state or more than X miles from the rental property. 
  • Some states only require you to hire a property management company if you have a multi-unit home, but not for a single-family home.
  • Some states require property management companies have a license; others don’t.
  • If your rental property is within a gated community, the HOA may require you to hire someone to manage your investment property, even if the state does not require it. 

Issues that are difficult to handle remotely without a property manager

Sometimes landlords need more help or want to be more of a hands-off landlord rather than dealing with the day-to-day issues that may occur. That’s when hiring a qualified and effective property manager could be a worthwhile investment.

For my multi-unit apartment, I was legally required to hire a licensed property management company. I’m glad because it would be too challenging to deal with all the little things that come up daily, weekly and monthly, making my multi-unit rental a truly passive investment.

While hiring a property manager can be a time-saver, it does mean giving up some control over the daily operations. For instance, I’ve never actually spoken to the tenants living in my multi-unit property and have never dealt with them directly. They also send their rent payment to my property manager, who forwards the funds to my account.

Although I don’t have a property manager for my single-family home, I have someone on file who lives locally as an emergency contact if something happens. Most of the time, my tenant calls me directly, and I’ve been able to resolve the problems. I’m perfectly ok managing this property myself because tenants in single family homes tend to stay longer and require less work.

There’s more turnover for my multi-unit apartment, and it would be impossible for me to do many aspects of managing that property.  

To collect rent and security deposit. 

A property manager can collect the rent on your behalf. This ensures that your tenants pay on time and deals with the tenant if the rent is late. 

Take care of minor repairs:

Things are going to break. A toilet, a garage door, a pipe. As the landlord, you are responsible for getting these things fixed, usually within 30 days.

For my single-family investment property, I’m fortunate because my tenant arranges for any minor repairs that I reimburse her for at the end of the month or deduct from their rent. But not all tenants may be willing to do this. 

For my multi-unit apartment, my tenants don’t take care of any repairs. They call my property manager, who handles everything and bills me for the work completed. 

To oversee big repairs:

When big things break or need to be repaired, or you have multiple properties which you are trying to manage, that’s when things get complicated.

One year, the roof started leaking on my single-family home. Remember, I was managing this single-family home myself. I looked up a roof repair guy and arranged for him to drive out to the property. It turned out that my house needed a new roof.

New roofs in California are not cheap, so I asked several roofing companies to go in and give me estimates. I had to coordinate with my tenant and the roofing company to get the work done.

It was kind of a living hell arranging all of this from France. Not only did I have to deal with the time difference, but I also had to choose the roof via photos. I couldn’t inspect the work myself, and my tenant had to be available for the roofer, which was a big inconvenience for him since he worked. 

That’s just one house. What if you manage multiple homes, a duplex or triplex? 

Maintenance

Ensuring certain things are not only repaired but maintained can save you money in the long term. If you don’t have eyes on the ground, it’s almost impossible to keep things in tip-top condition, which can cause problems down the road. Let’s say the fence around the house begins to fall, but your tenant never tells you. Then one day, it just collapses, and instead of a small repair job, you now have to replace the entire fence, which is much more expensive than just repairing it.

Lawn care: 

For a single-family home, the yard care usually falls on the tenant. For my multi-unit property, I am responsible for all yard care, snow ploughing, tree trimming etc. I couldn’t manage all this without the help of my property manager; who knows when it’s time to do what. 

Handle evictions

how will you handle eviction notices remotely

Imagine how complicated it would be if your tenant breaks the lease while you’re abroad. How will you evict them? There’s usually a tremendous amount of red tape for a lawful eviction. Then once they’re out, you have to find a new tenant, which brings me to my next point.

Find and screen new tenants to rent out your house

If you’re in the beginning stages of planning your travels, you can probably find a prospective tenant to rent out your house on your own. 

But what if you’re already living abroad and need to find a new tenant to rent out your house?

A property manager can get the property in move-in condition, take pictures, put up an ad, make appointments to show the property, conduct tenant screening, do background checks and check credit scores. 

Signing New leases

If you need to sign a new lease agreement for a new tenant or extend the lease agreement another year, the property manager will draw up all the documents and get all parties to sign the agreement online with e-signatures. 

For my single-family home, I handle the lease myself; however, my property manager handles my multi-unit apartment. All I do is wait for him to send me the documents and sign them digitally. It’s so easy and hassle-free. 

How will you keep an eye on your house?

No one will take care of your home as well as you do. It’s just a fact of life. But if you’re a long-distance landlord,  how will you ensure that the tenants take good care of your house and yard?

Property managers can help keep an eye on your home. This ensures that there won’t be any surprises when they move out, like holes in the walls or other damages that need to get repaired.

The cost of hiring a property manager 

Depending on where your property is located, costs and fee structures will vary.

For instance, some US property management companies will charge a percentage of the monthly rent amount, anywhere from 5 to 12 percent. That’s 75 to 180 per month on a rental income of 1500. 

 Some property management companies charge a flat monthly fee. For instance, my property management company charges 60 dollars per unit for my multi-unit property. Then he charges me by the hour or a flat fee for specific jobs, like replacing deadbolts, driveways etc. 

Then there’s the cost of finding a new tenant. Some property management companies may charge one month’s rent, while others might charge a flat fee or a percentage of the first months’ rent.

Recap: 

Hiring a property manager can be a worthwhile investment in certain situations, especially if you own multiple rental properties, a multi-unit property, or if you find yourself overwhelmed with landlord responsibilities.

 

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  1. In theory much of the property management can be handled remotely; in practice, when things go wrong (and tenants usually means things going wrong) you need someone on the ground to handle it. Keep in mind in most states, showing the property requires a real estate license if there is any compensation involved. So, if you are having a friend or family member “take care of things” while you’re gone and you compensate them, they may be practicing real estate without a license.

    1. I’m pretty sure you if you ask a friend to or family member to show your house, that they DO NOT need a Realtor license as long as he or she does not do this for multiple people. Also, many States allow the payment of finders fee’s to non brokers, and have special rules allowing non agents to show properties such as at open houses or showing a house. As long as they do nothing more than that. It’s best to check with your local rules though to find out.

  2. A property management software is versatile and can be used to manage both residential and commercial properties. Condominiums, multifamily homes, public housing, mobile homes, townhouses, non-profit housing and even commercial properties can be easily managed using a standard property management software. One must bear in mind that, a software for commercial property management may have a few other features that may not be included in a software that is meant for managing residential property. People are generally given a free demo of the online management software. This can be used as the basis for deciding on the appropriate property asset management tool.

    1. Is a software like this really necessary for someone who owns just one house? i.e. what does it do over and above something like quicken for landlords?

  3. Yay – thanks for answering my question Annie. And so professionally on a video too – just love those videos! You are awesome.

    Still not sure if property manager is the way to go in my small community – I know some folks who have had the experience Alan described above. Another friend was lucky enough to get a handy trustworthy couple (good friends) to manage her place while she was gone traveling for a year and half. That was fine for dealing with repairs, but a major hassle when her tenants broke the lease and moved. I think she actually had to come back to deal with that. That’s where a professional property manager is valuable (finding and screening new tenants).

    I think it’s what we will do when we get ready to do our adventure abroad. Just have to search around for the most reputable property manager we can find.

    1. Sarah,
      personally i think if you have just one house to rent and you find good renters that you won’t need a property manager. just work it out so that if something goes wrong, the tenants have the go ahead to call a plumber. You jsut get the reciept and reimburse them.

      If the tenants break the lease, yes that’s a major hastle and you are right, you would need to go back or hire a property manager to take care of it.. On another note, you may be able to ask a neighbor to handle things for you and pay them a small fee if something goes wrong. Or hire someone a flat fee to find new tenants in the rare case that tenants break the lease.

  4. Hi Annie,

    Another great video brought to us with your magic touch. I’ve been playing around with mine and following your lead :) Its great fun :cool:

    I’m not in a position to travel so the message in your video wasn’t aimed at me. I have to say though that you covered the subject very well and gave everyone the pro’s and con’s.

    I’m sure it’ll help people make the decision they need to make. I’m really envious of you all as I’d love to be able to do what you’re doing….. Maybe one day Annie :)

    Have fun :)

    Barry

    1. Thank you Barry,
      you are too sweet. I really do hope i am helping people. and you never know, maybe one day you will spend a month or two abroad travelling…

  5. Annie-

    This was a great video. The answers we need to know if we choose to go abroad for a long period of time.

    Questions: When you rent, do you tell the tenants that it is just a year (or however long) lease? And how do you deal with people living in your home? And what if they don’t leave? What if!!!! What if they destroy your house? Argh!! I need to just let go. LOL.

    Honestly, these are situations that scare me. We work hard on our home. It’s not perfect but we pay a good chunk of change for our mortgage (bay Area).

    ~Allie

    ~Allie

    1. Allie,
      I would suggest telling them that you plan to return after a year and make a year long lease…
      Its not that hard to handle people living in your home once your gone and doing your own thing.
      If they don’t leave? Well, usually you give them notice and if they don’t leave then you go to small claims court and have them evicted. Most people do leave. That’s why it’s important to do a pre-screening of your renters before you rent to them. check their references etc.
      There is always some dammage in the house but usually very small. A hole in the wall where the door hit, dirty walls if the tenants have kids but that’s what you take a deposit for. To cover those small incidents.

      And i know what you mean about the mortgage in the bay area. i lived there for a long time and so did my husband. It’s a lot of money and you house is your baby, but if you do plan to rent, usually everything turns out just fine..

  6. thank you for sharing this post with us, i found it very interesting to follow, great post.

  7. Hey Annie,

    Your video just get better and better well done. Loving it!

    This post for me would be what I would definitely do if I was to travel with my family.

    I love where I live and don’t think I could part with my house to move away. This is why I would rent and hire a company to look after the running of it and any problems. This is worth the cut they take.

    Thanks Annie.

    1. Dan,
      Blushing about the comment. thank you..

      If you have a house you love, and an area you love, keep it. If you ever do plan to spend some time abroad you might want to consider house swapping for a few months since i know you are not interested in living anywhwere else..

  8. Hmmm – I’d prefer someone to handle A-Z anyday. I think that comes with having moved 4 cities in 6 years. If it weren’t for help of a relocation agent, settling in a new office each time and moving would have been a night mare. Though of course the bill was picked up by the company
    I think it can be done on our own too. Just need to be prepared, and also talk to lots of people prior to arriving!
    Noch Noch

    1. Noch Noch,
      for sure i would hire someone to handle all A to Z but when i’m picking up the tab, it’s a different story.
      And you are right, it can be done on your own with a litle prep work.Once people are in your place, nothing really further is needed except if something breaks..

  9. Hi Annie!

    I’ll be traveling to the European countries this summer. I do have a property manager at my place (house). The reason being is because I rent it out. I use sites such as Airbnb or Vrbo to make sure the places gets booked. It’s a cool place to view; I know for sure it’ll help you. Especially give you some extra cash in your pockets. (:

    1. That sounds like a great idea. I actually use VRBO to find properties but son’t you have to handle all the logistics of getting the key to the renters though, and collecting the rent and cleaning the house?

  10. Hi Annie,
    Nice dance and nice advice. When I left Paris to travel around the world I left my apartment too. Off course that was not my own apart but i was renting it so the easiest solution was to move ll my stuff elsewhere and get my apart free. I moved my stuff into friends’ apartments but that is not always possible especially when you live in a big packed city like Paris. So, for that there are special places where people can stock their stuff for a period. Off course that is a paying service but it is a solution!
    Thank you for the video.

    1. Lenia,
      renting vs owning does present it’s own set of challenges… In some ways it’s easier but in some ways it’s harder.. The only bad thing is when and if you return to your home country, you have to look for a new place to live in vs if you own your home, you can just move back in..

  11. Cute dance; was that a stick of deodorant you were talking in to?

    I would probably choose a property manager if I was abroad; but then again I would probably choose one if I was a dude too…..just sayin’….

    1. Very funny Bill D.
      It was my portable microphone not a bar of soap..

      I think lots of people would choose to hire a property manager, It’s why so many exist right? I wonder if men are more or less likely to hire a property manager?

  12. Hey Annie,

    LOVE that dance girl and I was chuckling right there with you. Okay, that was the fun part.

    You sure do cover a lot of stuff I would have never thought about. We had rental property a good portion of my life and it was a royal pain in the you know what. But, we did it all ourselves and back then there were no background checks, etc. so I wouldn’t even know how to go about any of that. I think hiring someone to take care of everything is definitely the best way to go. That way, you don’t have to constantly worry about your home.

    Great tips and love your video! Hope you guys are having a blast!

    ~Adrienne

    1. Adrienne,

      It does get to be a bit daunting to manage property but once you get it going, it pretty much takes care of itself… It’s just the initial stages of finding a tenant, and then there’s the issue of if something goes wrong. It’s not for the faint at heart.
      ps
      we had a blast.

  13. Hey Annie,

    maybe the US is different but in my experience a mgt company will do the bare minimum for their 10% – they’ll find you people and that’s about it. Then you pay an ongoing commission for them to do precisely nothing.

    Most companies (in the UK and France at least) then have a higher commission rate for management but even then the best you’re going to get is that they will be a point of contact for the tenants and get contractors to fix the problem – but I’m not sure if they’re going to get you the best rate or even a sensible deal each time.

    For example if it’s a leak they’ll call a plumber – he may have a call-out rate and you get the charged passed through to you but someone just threw a teddy down the toilet and though the plumber found the teddy, he wasn’t really needed).

    just saying…

    If possible get someone you trust involved – even if it’s just getting them to check over the place every once in a while.

    1. Alan,
      Wow looks like there’s a wide open market for good property managers in France and the UK.

      All the companies i’ve worked for always handle the things i mentioned in the video. If they don’t i don’t hire them. But having said that, i don’t do all my own property managing stuff now. I agree getting someone you know is probably the best but not always possible.

      I give my tenants a break if they handle something on their own. It saves me the headache… I hate headaches.

  14. Hi Annie,

    Like the dance :)

    Very good advice here and I see that this post could be a great link on my blog post interview of you :)

    This is definitely a great question that most people wanting to move abroad may have.

    When I left Paris I was living in a studio and when I decided to stay my mother and brother did the move for me. Thinking back I think I was very fortunate.

    Thanks, Annie. How are you doing with my questions ;)? Everything OK?

    1. Sylviane,
      It’s great to have family help or friends help. It can be a real life saver. I think a property manager would be a good idea for someone who was totally lost on the whole concept or who had multiple properties othwerwise it’s not that hard. .
      ps
      i sent over the responses to the questions…

      1. Hurray!!!!! was actually kinda worry about you not hearing anything back since your tip :)

      2. I know, i felt totally crippled with no internet connection. You won’t believe how hard it is to find an internet connection for free in marseille. I went to Noilles coffee shop, starbucks, and then i went to the library and finally was able to get one but it was the same day my internet connection came up and that’s when i sent you the questions. LOL.. We are so dependent on the internet. it’s kind of scarry.

      3. Oops, didn’t receive that email :( Can you send it again? I would love to have this up for my post tomorrow, but if not, then I will post your interview next week.

        I know what yo mean, I can’t be a day without internet anymore :)

      4. I just got an email saying my emails to you were bounced. did you get the questions

      5. Annie,

        No,I don’t have the questionaire, still. First thing I check as soon as I got up:)

        I have all the other emails but not this one. Did you hit the button reply to send it?

        I am going to send you another email right now with another email address where you can send it to. I don’t understand what’s going on.

        Sorry about all that. Thanks.

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