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Old 05-28-2020, 05:58 PM
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Hey Folks,

I know some of you have remote homesteads.....here in Florida even the smallest amount of acreage can become overgrown in 90 days in the rainy season.

I am exploring allowing a family to stay in a mobile home on the property to maintain the land.

The idea here is to swap checks.....charge them rent and they charge me to maintain.....thus I can maintain the landlord tenant relationship while at the same time having a "zero dollar" exchange.

I feel this might alleviate "Meth Zombies" from invading other parts of the property while I build and off grid home.

Does anybody have experience with this or can direct me to a good resource about this?

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Good idea, I may do something like that.

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Be realistic in what you expect to get. No idea what a trailer rents for but up here they go for about 600 dollars so don't expect 100 hours of labor every month. 40 would be more realistic.

Also get a very clear contract of what labor/jobs you expect done every month and a liability waiver.

Do a month to month lease and get a security deposit. Plus back ground checks.
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Old 05-28-2020, 06:29 PM
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Yeah correct I am not expecting a huge effort from the tenants.....just the basics. Depending on size of the property I would also rent pasture or something like that......I just dont want the abandoned property look.

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You will provide the mowing equipment? Gas? Repairs?

Check your insurance if your property is insured. If it isn’t, check with a lawyer. Or just plain check with a lawyer.

Is the land fenced? Can you get a farmer to put beef growers on it? That will keep things under grazing control and the farmer will check on his stock regularly.
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I will have a liability policy on it.

I have not chosen the land yet...but will fence it.....not than likely this will be something between 3-10 acres.

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It sounds like a good idea if you can get good tenants. I knew a guy who had a similar idea, he was partially disabled and wanted a ground keeper in exchange for rent. The only people who were interested were drunks and drug addicts who end up moving in several friends, didn't work and junked the place up. i dont know if those are the only people interested or if that was the type of people he hung ot with normally or if he thought he was giving them a helping hand, whatever the reason he ended up with people mooching off him and got nothing in return.
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If you just want to avoid an unused look to the place it might be easier to get a contractor to slash the grass whenever it gets tall. Or somebody might be interested in cutting it for hay.
Or, as Florida Jean says, let a farmer run stock on it.
Horse owners are often looking for somewhere to keep their horses. Again they will be at the property regularly but you would probably need to be near a town for this to work.

But, yeah, nothing beats someone actually being there to deter undesirable people.
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Thanks all for the great ideas...keep them coming!

When you take cheap land here in Florida it is mostly overgrown if not grown shut. The initial land clearing takes a bit of effort and as long as you dont remove the Oaks it is reasonable. Once you get into wood cutting it gets expensive really quickly.

My idea would be to bush hog it out....see what I have, fence it and then get tree cut. Of course this would be after I get a mobile home dragged onto the property.

I dont have great expectations out of my tentants....just a little effort and them keeping the property occupied. Once it's up and running.....I would remove the mobile and put down a couple of tiny house pads for the millenials that are into that. This would generate enough income to have a company come in and maintain it to some degree.

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Maybe check out https://wwoof.net/ for the right type of tenant.
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