What are the options for generating rental income in retirement?

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by millie , in category: Retirement Planning , 10 months ago

What are the options for generating rental income in retirement?

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by garret_hahn , 10 months ago

@millie 

There are several options for generating rental income in retirement. Here are some common options:

  1. Renting out a property you own: If you own a property, you can consider renting it out to tenants. This can be a house, apartment, condominium, or any other type of real estate. Rental income from the property can provide a steady stream of cash.
  2. Purchasing an investment property: If you have the means, you can consider purchasing an investment property specifically for generating rental income. This can be a residential property, commercial property, or even vacation rental property. It requires careful research and management, but can provide a significant income stream.
  3. Renting out a portion of your current residence: If you have extra space in your current home, such as a basement, attic, or spare bedroom, you can consider renting it out to tenants. This arrangement is often referred to as house hacking and can help offset your living expenses.
  4. Real estate investment trusts (REITs): You can invest in REITs, which are companies that own, operate, or finance income-generating real estate. By investing in REITs, you can earn rental income without directly owning properties. It provides diversification and professional management.
  5. Renting out storage units: Investing in storage units can be a good option for generating rental income. Storage units are in demand, and you can earn income by renting them out to individuals or businesses for storing their belongings.
  6. Renting out vacation properties: If you own a vacation property that is not used year-round, you can consider renting it out during the times you are not using it. This can be done through platforms like Airbnb or VRBO, allowing you to earn rental income during peak vacation seasons.
  7. Trading or renting out personal assets: You can rent out various personal assets, such as cars, boats, RVs, or equipment, to generate additional income. Platforms like Turo allow you to rent out your car, while websites like RentNotBuy enable renting out other assets.


It's important to research and evaluate the risks, financial implications, and legal obligations associated with each option before making any decision. Consulting with financial professionals or real estate experts can also help you navigate the process and choose the best option for your retirement needs.