You would almost certainly rent a house at some stage in your life, whether you are fresh out of college or well into your adult years. There are some advantages of renting rather than purchasing a house. For some, renting is the best choice, while for others, buying real estate is the best option at this point in their lives.

While the real estate industry is a lucrative one, it has its ups and downs and your decision to buy a property can be heavily impacted by the condition of the market. Even though virtual real estate viewings are a blessing in disguise and have made the process of viewing a property – whether for rent or buying purposes – much easier, there’s always a risk where the market is concerned.

Although renting can seem to be the better alternative in certain situations, it does have some disadvantages. You must weigh the benefits and drawbacks of renting a home. The greatest disadvantage of renting is that you never really own your space. Understandably, for certain people who wish to settle down, this is a deal-breaker. There are a number of other pitfalls of renting that should be considered.

  1. No Permanence

As mentioned earlier, one of the most significant downsides to renting is the lack of permanence. Sure, you can continue to rent the same house for decades on end, but it’s still not yours at the end of the day. But the permanence goes beyond you; it’s your decorations too. Many rental agreements forbid you from making drastic changes or improvements such as renovations, updates, or even painting.

  1. Your Rent Amount isn’t Fixed

Though rent-stabilized apartments exist in some cities, they are not a common practice for rental homes. Basically, the landlord will change the rent however they see fit, within reason. There's a chance that a real estate explosion in your area will alert your landlord to the fact that your rent is below market value, prompting them to increase it the next opportunity they can. Because of the price increase, you may be forced to leave your accommodation.

  1. You’re at the Mercy of Your Landlord

Although you are not financially liable for your rental's maintenance problems, you are at the mercy of your landlord when it comes to repairs. Your landlord may not be in a rush to fix anything, or they may do so cheaply, causing the issue to resurface. The landlord can even kick you out of your apartment at any time, whether it's because they want to lift the rent or just don't want to work with you. If any of them are handled incorrectly, there are certain legal consequences, but you are also at the disposal of someone else.

  1. No Equity

Monthly rent charges are comprised of funds that are neither spent in long-term stability nor saved. Despite common belief, homeownership is a sound long-term commitment. It carries risk, much as any other investment, primarily in terms of the estate and house's valuation. You can raise the value of your home and property while lowering the risk. The land value increases if you pick a site with new development or increasing economic development. When you spend on home renovations, the value of your home rises as well. If you rent, any improvements you make to the house raise the landlord's property value. If new stores open near your apartment, the land value will rise, and the rent price will follow.

  1. No Tax Write-Offs

Rental fees cannot be deducted as a tax deduction by a homeowner. Homebuyers, on the other hand, are allowed to exclude their monthly interest payments from their income. As a renter, you are normally assisting the landlord in making his mortgage payment.

With these drawbacks of rented accommodations in mind, it is still a more affordable choice for many people. It is also particularly helpful for those who aren’t quite ready to settle down. If you travel often for business or leisure or just want to see more of the world, renting helps you to do so while still providing you with a place to live that is low-maintenance.

So, if you’ve decided on renting a home, keeping a list of all advantages and disadvantages handy will help you make a decision that you’re comfortable with and also help you choose the right house. Meanwhile, there’s always the option of virtual real estate site visits, especially in the current situation. Virtual real estate tours can help you look at several properties in real-time at once in an immersive way so that you can make an informed decision and speak to the landlords if you feel it’s required.

So, if you want versatility or can't handle up-front expenses, renting is an affordable choice, but knowing the drawbacks can help you properly consider your choices.

Author's Bio: 

The author of this article is a professional having years of experience in the field of Digital Marketing and currently associated with Proxgy. The author is an expert in writing on virtual travel, online video shopping and Digital marketing topics.