Triple net investment properties are attractive for various reasons. For one, they’re usually leased by investment-grade tenants, so they’re a low-risk investment with a predictable income.
Tenants — who typically sign up to 10-year leases — provide stable and reliable income streams. These tenants tend to stay for a long time, so there’s a lower chance for turnover. But you have to make sure that you get a tenant with a viable business model and a manageable amount of debt. They should have a good track record of loan and credit payments and a stable operating profit line.
Additionally, a triple net lease’s extended lease periods and minimal financial responsibilities can help you build equity. So why not dip your toes into this type of investment?
Here’s what you should know about your responsibilities as a triple net property landlord.
The Financial Responsibilities of a Triple Net Property Landlord
One of the most convenient things about investing in a triple net lease is that, as the landlord, you don’t have many financial responsibilities, because tenants handle most of the property-related payments.
Your tenant will take care of everything from interior maintenance to monthly utilities and building insurance to property taxes. The only factors you might have to consider are the structural components like the building foundation, roof, and structural walls. However, depending on how the lease is structured, even expenses like roof upgrades, exterior wall maintenance, and other structural repairs may fall on the tenant.
Nevertheless, you have to be prepared to shoulder the following expenses:
This includes monthly mortgage payments, along with loan interests and other financing fees. But you can easily offset these expenses by using the tenant’s rent until you pay off the mortgage.
Although tenants typically set up and pay for triple net property insurance, the landlord still needs to be listed on the policies. Some insurance types might also need to be covered by the landlord. It’s best to discuss and negotiate policies with your tenant before they set up their insurance.
Though your tenant is in charge of the monthly utilities and day-to-day operating costs of the triple net property, you may be responsible for expenses like roof upgrades or exterior wall maintenance depending on how the lease is structured. Look into how you want your lease structured if you want these responsibilities to fall on the tenant instead of you.
These above possible responsibilities aside, all other expenses are typically shouldered by tenants.
Invest in the Right Property Type
Triple net leases are a good investment for people who want to preserve their wealth but have no interest in being full-time landlords. It gives you a consistent cash flow without the complications of most commercial real estate investments.
On the other hand, it might not be the best arrangement if you want to grow your commercial real estate portfolio aggressively or if you want to be an involved landlord.
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