078 · Earn Money by Renting Out Your Garage or Parking Space

Renting out your garage or parking space won’t make you a millionaire, but it will help you make ends meet. It’s a great way to earn money from your car or, rather, to pay off some of the costs it incurs. What’s more, once you’ve signed the rental contract, you’ll have virtually nothing to do.

What does the idea involve?

As you’ve probably gathered by now, the idea is to rent out your parking space or garage to someone who needs it and is ready to pay a certain amount each month to use it. By doing so, you offer others the possibility of benefiting from a safe and practical parking space, whether to park their vehicle, store bulky goods, or why not as a DIY workshop. In return, you receive a regular passive income without having to invest much time or effort.

There are many advantages to this idea, not least the opportunity to make a positive contribution to your community by providing a parking solution for local residents. With a solid rental agreement and proper management, this idea can be an easy and effective way to earn money while fully exploiting the potential of your garage or parking space.

How to find tenants

Finding potential tenants is essential to ensuring a steady stream of income. Here are three effective ways to attract interested tenants:

  • Use dedicated online platforms: Many local platforms specialize in renting out parking or storage spaces, but many can also be found on classic classifieds sites. Do a Google search, then create a detailed ad describing the features of your garage/parking space, its location, and any additional services you offer, such as security, 24-hour access, a power outlet, etc. Be sure to include attractive photos to give interested parties a better idea of the space.
  • Appeal to your social network: Don’t underestimate the power of your social circle! Let your friends, neighbors, colleagues, and family know that you have a garage available for rent. You can post an advert on your social networks, share the information at events, or even discuss your project with people you meet. Word-of-mouth is often a very effective way of finding trusted tenants.
  • Collaborate with local businesses: Talk to businesses close to your location, especially those that may lack parking space for their employees or customers. Restaurants, boutiques, and offices are often looking for additional parking options for their customers or staff. Offer attractive rates and conditions to pique their interest.

Buy or rent?

To be able to rent it out to someone, you need to own a parking space or garage yourself. To do this, you have two options: Either you rent it out, and thus, sublet it to your tenant, or you buy it, if you have the means to do so. This choice has its advantages, but there are also a number of considerations to take into account.

Buying a parking space can be an interesting option if you’re looking for a stable, long-term source of income. By purchasing, you become the owner of the space and can decide to rent it out to a tenant, thus generating a regular income. However, buying requires an initial investment, including acquisition and maintenance costs. But the more you own, the higher your income will be too.

On the other hand, renting a parking space or garage allows you to benefit from additional income without any long-term financial commitment. As the tenant, you sublet the space to a third party, thereby increasing your potential income. However, it’s essential to check the terms of the initial rental agreement to make sure you’re authorized to do so.

How to set the ideal rental price?

Setting an appropriate rental price to attract tenants while maximizing your income is often a difficult step. Here are some important points to consider when determining the ideal rental price:

  • Research market rates: Before setting a price, take the time to research rental rates for similar garages/parking spaces in your area. Consult the online platforms I mentioned in the previous chapter, talk to other owners who rent parking spaces, or look for similar listings in your neighborhood. Having a clear idea of the prices in your area will enable you to position yourself competitively while avoiding under- or over-valuing.
  • Consider the unique features of your garage: It may have special features that set it apart from other available parking spaces. If it’s covered, offers extra security, or is located near a place of interest or public transport, this may justify a slightly higher price. Take these attractive aspects into account, and don’t hesitate to mention them in your ad to justify your rate.
  • Offer flexible rental options: To attract a wide range of renters, consider offering flexible rental options. Some people might be interested in a long-term rental while others might be looking for a temporary parking space for just a few days. By offering sliding-scale rates for longer-term rentals or short-term rental options for special events, you increase your chances of finding tenants who match your needs while maximizing occupancy rates.

By combining these approaches, you’ll be able to set a fair and attractive rental price. Always be ready to adjust your rates in line with market trends and tenant demand.

How to draw up a solid rental agreement?

When you rent out your garage, it’s essential to protect your interests and establish a clear relationship with your tenants. A solid rental agreement is the key to avoiding misunderstandings and future disputes. Here are some important points to consider when drafting your rental agreement:

  • Consult a professional for help: To ensure that your rental agreement is legally sound and complies with local laws, I recommend that you consult a legal professional, such as a lawyer specializing in real estate law. This step will cost you a bit of money, but it will save you a lot of trouble in the long run and guarantee that your contract is in order.
  • Include all important clauses: Make sure you include all the essential clauses in your rental agreement. This includes basic information such as the names of the tenant and lessor, the duration of the lease, the amount of rent and the frequency of payments. Don’t forget to mention how the contract can be terminated, penalties for non-compliance, and the responsibilities of each party.
  • Define tenant and lessor responsibilities: It’s also crucial to clarify the responsibilities and obligations of both tenant and lessor in the rental agreement. This may include provisions for the maintenance and cleanliness of the space, repairs to be carried out by the tenant, and insurance requirements. The more you specify these details, the smoother and more transparent rental management will be.
  • Mention your garage’s specific rules: If you have any special rules or restrictions to observe, be sure to include them in the rental agreement. This may include restrictions on the types of vehicles allowed, access at certain times, or rules concerning the storage of dangerous objects. Clear rules will help maintain a pleasant environment and avoid potential problems.
  • Include a contract amendment clause: Circumstances can change, so it’s important to include a clause in the rental agreement that allows it to be modified with the agreement of both parties. This gives you the flexibility to make adjustments when necessary while maintaining a relationship of trust with your tenant.

By following these tips and drawing up a detailed and comprehensive rental agreement, you protect your interests as a proprietor and establish a solid foundation for a relationship of trust with your tenants. Take the time to discuss the contract with them and answer any questions they may have before finalizing the lease.

How to maximize your income with additional services?

Renting out your garage already offers an opportunity to earn extra money, but you can go even further by offering additional services that add value for your tenants. Here are some ideas for maximizing your income by offering additional services:

  • Offer additional storage services: If your garage has extra space, offer your tenants additional storage options. They might be interested in being able to store household items, seasonal equipment, or bulky items.
  • Explore short-term rentals for local events: If your garage is located in a lively neighborhood or near tourist attractions, consider offering short-term rentals for special events. Festivals, concerts, fairs, and other events often draw large crowds, and visitors may have difficulty finding a parking space. By offering attractive rates for such occasions, you can boost your income during busy periods.
  • Convert your garage into a workshop or shared workspace: If it’s spacious enough and well-appointed, you could consider turning it into a workshop or shared workspace. Many people are looking for places to work on their creative projects or professional activities. You can rent out this workspace to artists, craftspeople, entrepreneurs, and others.
  • Offer concierge services for tenants: To make your offer even more attractive, consider offering car washing, cleaning or maintenance services for their vehicles. Tenants will appreciate the added convenience and may be willing to pay an extra fee for these services.

These are just a few examples, but there are certainly others. Make sure, however, that you clearly communicate these additional services in your advertisements and rental contracts. By offering practical and attractive solutions, you’ll stand out in the garage rental market and maximize your profit while satisfying your tenants’ needs.

Some valuable advice

Finally, here are a few tips to help you get started and maximize your chances of success.

  • Make sure your garage or parking space is clean and secure. Maintain it regularly if necessary (unless the contract stipulates that this is the tenant’s responsibility).
  • Draw up an ironclad rental contract, leaving no stone unturned and every clause unambiguous. If anything goes wrong, it’s the only thing that will protect you.
  • Beware of unscrupulous tenants who might try to take advantage of your garage rental in a dishonest way. Keep an eye out for signs such as unusual requests, suspicious comings and goings, etc.
  • Schedule regular visits to make sure everything’s running smoothly. This will enable you to detect any problems early and resolve them before they escalate.
  • Avoid cash payments if possible as they can be difficult to track and verify. Prefer electronic payments or bank transfers since they provide a clear record of transactions.
  • Be available to your tenants, and respond quickly and accurately to any questions they may have.
  • If you can afford it, buy several garages or parking spaces to maximize your income. Once all your bank loans have been repaid, you’ll be able to enjoy a passive income that’s high enough for you to stop working, and so become an annuitant.

Conclusion

Whether you have a garage or just a parking space, renting it out to someone else can be an excellent money-making idea. It allows you to turn an under-used space into a source of additional income. So, rather than leaving it empty or cluttered with useless stuff, why not offer it for rent instead?

EcoTips

Environmental and climate change issues are more than ever at the heart of the concerns of this 21st century, which is why I am proposing a few ideas that will enable you to limit the negative impact that the implementation of this idea could have.

These solutions that I suggest are sometimes largely insufficient to compensate for these negative impacts, such as carbon offsetting. Unfortunately, there is not always an ideal and 100% efficient solution, far from it. And if you have others, please do not hesitate to share them in the comments below.

As you know, cars contribute to increasing greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, and congestion in urban areas. And this kind of rental can encourage increased car dependency, prompting tenants to opt for individual vehicle travel rather than using public transport or more environmentally-friendly modes of travel.

Perhaps you could encourage your tenants to opt for more sustainable modes of travel, such as carpooling, cycling, or public transport, by highlighting the options available in your neighborhood. You could also consider offering incentives or rent reductions for tenants who opt for more environmentally-friendly mobility solutions. These are just some ideas, so it’s up to you, of course.

When it comes to maintaining your garage, be sure to choose eco-friendly materials and products for repairs and maintenance. Opt for energy-efficient lighting practices and encourage the use of renewable energy sources where possible. You can also encourage recycling and responsible waste management by providing tenants with recycling bins and raising awareness of the importance of reducing their carbon footprint.

Pros

  • Passive income
  • Not much to do

Cons

  • Fairly limited income, unless you have several garages or parking spaces
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    • I understand that it can be a bit confusing. Either you manage to find someone willing to pay more, or the space is included in the rental of an apartment or house, in which case it will just allow you to recover part of the rent you pay. 😊

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