I was just contacted by someone saying they wanted to stay from Dec. 6, 2016 until sometime in April 2017. Yikes. That is a long way from now, and over 4 1/2 months. Plus, it is during the holidays when I charge more. I am tempted to do it, but I would have to have certain protections in place: An actual lease, payment upfront, etc. I think they are looking for a discount. There was no name, just that they are in their 70's. My neighbor rented to people from Ohio for 3 months last year, trying to get out from winter's bliss. It came through Trip Advisor. Would ya'll mind weighing with your thoughts
Have you been a landlord before? Have you had experience with long term rentals? If not you should read up on the laws regarding long term rentals in California. What is your process for screening guests? Do you have any differences in how you screen for short term vs long term guests?
What do these guests plan to do in your area, eg, what is the purpose of their visit? IS that purpose one that you are comfortable with? Are these people who really only want a place to stay for 4 months, or is it possible they may want to stay longer? Have you ever rented to older people, around that age? Have these renters expressed any special needs or asked for any extra services?
Would they be staying in a room in your house or in a separate unit? If in your home with you, how comfortable do you imagine you would be with them for that amount of time? Any issues that you imagine you might have?
There are a lot of things to think about and it is quite important in particular with long term rentals that you think everything through. One of the best skills we can employ as hosts contemplating renting to a person, is our faculty of imagination. The more you can imagine about what issues might arise or not, the more you will be able to screen effectively and be well prepared for any situation you decide to get into with renters.