The Basics of Renting Out a House With many places in the world having problems with real estate, a few people are using this chance to turn tragedy into gold by investing in houses for rent - this means that they buy pieces of property such as house and the like, to rent out to tenants.   What makes this kind of business / investment worthwhile and profitable is that you have access to a steady stream of income, which comes from the rent that comes in every month. With real estate prices being generally lower than the usual, many people who have been successful in renting out houses have been able to recoup their initial investment in a shorter period of time before.   Of course, not everything comes easy as pie, and you will be bound to face some setbacks and take few risks when if ever you decide to go into the business of renting out living spaces to people. One of the most obvious is when tenants fail to pay their rent. Others are when you need to make maintenance repairs on a particular piece of property, and so on. But there are ways to offset this, such as asking for an advance and a deposit to cover any damages or failure to pay.