The Direct Approach

No landlord — especially in Minnesota — wants to deal with a vacancy when it’s 10° degrees outside (or -20° below).

calendarHow do you prevent that?

At least one property manager I know explicitly writes that into their rental lease.

If the rental begins any time other than December, January, or February, the term is one year (the standard length).

However, if the rental begins during one of those three months, the property manager stipulates in the lease that the term is either shorter or (preferably) longer than a year, so the expiration date falls in a warmer month.

You hope . . . (it IS Minnesota).

P.S.:  Presumably, the lease further provides that a renter who untimely vacates breaches their lease, and therefore forfeits their security deposit.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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