It’s amazing how many beautiful homes are vacant in the Metro cities these days.
Just look at the homes listed for sale and you’ll see hundreds of pictures showing that
the owners have moved on.
What most sellers do not know is that their home is vacant every day, their equity
drops and no one gets any profit from the home.
However, despite low rentals and risk, it does not make sense for a homeowner to
keep the property vacant. “The disadvantages of keeping the property vacant are more
than any apparent advantages that it offers. Let checkout problems of keeping home
No return on capital:
Earlier, property prices would grow every day, and low rental yields would hardly
concern homeowners. Besides, most owners will leave the property empty so they
could sell it off quickly when they get a good price, without thinking about the
challenge of vacating the property.
However, property prices have either stayed stable or have undergone a correction
across the nation in the last five years or so. Ad for the next few years, at least,
property prices are expected to remain stagnant.
Expenses to be paid:
Even if a property remains vacant, the owner can have to pay multiple costs, such as
property tax, fixed charges, and others. If the property happens to be in a gated
housing community, then there are fees for society maintenance that need to be
Most of these costs, excluding property tax, are paid by the tenant if a property gets
rented out. Bearing in mind that ownership of property comes at a cost, bearing
properties empty does not make sense.
Tax on notional rent:
The government imposes a tax on national rentals to prevent taxpayers from keeping
their houses empty and also to make properties available to tenants.
Notional rent is the rent that you are presumed to earn from a residential property
even if you don’t happen to earn any rent. This rent is taxable as per the Income Tax
Act, 1961. This article focuses on the various aspects of notional rent and the
However, from the financial year 2019-20, tax on notional rent only comes into play if
you have more than two properties.
The property gets decayed:
“Compared to an inhabited house, a vacant property suffers more from wear and tear.
A completely usable and livable property increases the property’s life and maintenance.
Vacant properties are also prone to harm like fire, seepage, electrical damage, and
mold damage so on. It’s better to have tenants in your house so that regular
maintenance takes place and immediate action is taken.
More vulnerable to theft, squatting, trespassing, and intrusion:
Threats such as theft, vandalism, and other such crimes are faced by abandoned
homes. It is possible to steal copper wiring, costly interior or sanitary fittings, and
electrical units, iron/metal from windows and doors, or even main gates.
In remote areas, individual cottages often appear to attract intruders committing illegal
acts as they hunt for lonely areas in the dead of the night. These homes tend to get
vandalized and robbed as well. Vacant buildings are more prone to theft compared to
Reasons Why Your Rental Property Might Be Lying Vacant
The bottom line is that by renting it out, whether or not there are attractive returns on
a house, there are several points that support leasing it out and maintaining its
protection as well. For a long period, it is in the best interest of the owner not to leave
the property empty.
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