Skip to Content

Pros and Cons to having a Rental Business Partner

Starting a new investment of property rentals can be a daunting task and may be easier with an investment partner. Well there are both pros and cons to bringing a partner into your residential real estate investing portfolio. Inviting a partner into your real estate investing activities can potentially add value and support to the different encounters and problems with rental properties, but sharing a business with a partner also means sharing control of the properties. In order to decide whether your real estate investing activities will benefit from adding a partner, we want to give you knowledge to best tackle the decision. It is paramount to first examine both the benefits and the drawbacks of adding a partner to your rental investment. 


Owning a rental property portfolio is a huge undertaking, which a majority of entrepreneurs try to manage on their own. However there is always another option and that is sharing the burden of investment property ownership. Bringing a partner into your residential real estate investing can potentially have a number of significant benefits for real estate investors.


For instance, the right partner may add a new level of expertise and experience to your business activities, helping you to be even more successful in the various aspects of investing, and a god pairing could be balance out each other’s strengths and weaknesses. A partner can also provide a second perspective when making important business decisions. Second pair of eyes and ability to hash out expense decisions or planning ensures that things are not overlooked. A partner can also offer new insights and make suggestions that you perhaps wouldn’t have considered, or bring a new influx of funding thus expanding your options. Finally, simply having another person there to offer support, perform important tasks, and shift some of the burden away from your shoulders can be an invaluable part of having a business partner.


On the other side of this equation, in a partnership, control over the business must be shared. Some investors want to maintain control over all of their business and financial decisions, and may find it difficult to relinquish at least partial control to another person. Duties and responsibilities must be carefully defined and divided up, and constant communication is essential. This is because running a business with a partner can easily lead to duplication or neglect of some tasks, misunderstandings, and disagreements. In fact, both making decisions and reaching agreement on many issues will likely become more complex, a process that can quickly crumble without ample willingness to compromise and both parties working together.


It is important to examine the issue critically from multiple perspectives. One of the first things you should do is to take an honest and vulnerable inventory of your skills and your potential partners. Thereafter compare them with each other and have discussion about what each of you bring to the the business partnership and to see whether your prospective partner has skills that you may be weak on. You should also ask your potential partner important questions. What is the trajectory they see the investment being on, what is their target audience? Do the have the available time to handle any issues with the property? What duties do they feel they will be doing? Without a shared vision, it will be difficult to make a partnership work.


The largest reason most of us get a business partner is the finances. Before deciding whether or not you want or need a partner, you’ll need to know things like how revenue will be shared, whether or not you have the funds available to support a partner, and whether you think your business will generate enough revenue going forward to make a partnership a reality in the long term.


On one hand residential real estate investing partnerships can be very successful, leading to significant financial growth for both partners. On the other hand they can also be a disaster, ending with both partners feeling frustrated, disappointed, or worse. Because each situation is different, the only person who can decide whether a partner will work for you is solely you. But at the same time, the professionals at Real Property Management can help. We hope that the information and other blog links here will give you a better education to come to a decision you are confident with. We can provide insight and advice to property investors thinking about entering into a partnership agreement. Knowing which way to go with your business can help keep your investment business on track and growing in the right direction year after year.

We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. See Equal Housing Opportunity Statement for more information.

The Neighborly Done Right Promise

The Neighborly Done Right Promise ® delivered by Real Property Management, a proud Neighborly company

When it comes to finding the right property manager for your investment property, you want to know that they stand behind their work and get the job done right – the first time. At Real Property Management we have the expertise, technology, and systems to manage your property the right way. We work hard to optimize your return on investment while preserving your asset and giving you peace of mind. Our highly trained and skilled team works hard so you can be sure your property's management will be Done Right.

Canada excluded. Services performed by independently owned and operated franchises.

See Full Details