Former landlord here. I have owned two single family
rentals and one office building. They are a major headache.
People trash your property or simply don't pay and then it takes time, lawyers and money
to get them out. When I sold the houses and bought the office building where my wife had a business I thought I would not have tenant troubles, but they only escalated. One tenant's German shepherd jumped on my wife and when I told him his dog was not allowed he tried to sue me.
Who will manage your property while you're away? That costs money
and they don't fix anything for free. That all costs top dollar when you're not there to manage it.
I think you'd be better to sell it and put your stuff in storage
than rent. I tried managing my rental while living 8 hours away and it was a major hassle.
Not all tenants are bad. I had some great ones. One even bought one of my houses. But it only takes one bad one (sometimes they start out good but lose their job, get divorced, etc.) to really ruin your plans in a big way.
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