How old do you have to be to rent a house?

by Graham
(VA)



I've heard the age is 25 but I am not quite sure.

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To Sign the Lease is 25
by: Dan

Hi Graham,

Thank you for your question. You heard correctly. To sign a lease on a house in the Outer Banks, you must be 25. For those who comprise a group younger than that, a parent or responsible adult will need to sign the lease. By "responsible", this means someone taking on financial responsibility for any damage to the house. Here is what I generally counsel "non-family" groups:

I am sure you understand the issue associated with renting to a nonfamily group. It is not insurmontable to find a place just very hard. I hope you have read our article on Non-Family Groups. If everyone in the group agrees to abide by these rules, and you let the rental company know that you will live by these rules, you may stand a better chance of finding a house. Ultimately, though, it will require the owner to agree to it. And, as you can imagine, given the images (and what they have done in their "senior week" experiences) will cause great hesitancy to rent and risk damage to something they work so hard to maintain.

If your group has no one over 25, you will need a parent to sign the lease and take financial responsibility. If you can clear that hurdle you will need to then be willing to agree to a security deposit of around $1,000 and also spot inspections during the week by the rental company to make sure the house is in good order. By the way, if the police are called to the house because of loud parties, you can and will be evicted. I am painting a dour picture so that you understand the seriousness by which the Outer Banks wishes to keep its family image.

We have rented to nonfamily groups in the past and have had successful experiences with no negative incidents. If you are interested in possibly renting one of our homes, look at the right column and send me a note for consideration.

Kind regards,
Dan



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Vacation with friends
by: Anonymous

Hello,
I am looking for a house with a couple of my friends from back home. We are all college students ranging from the age 19-21. I know the rule is there needs to be a 25 year old to sign the lease but we are all responsible and will agree to the rules that were listed. Is there any way we could get a house?
Thanks.

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Parent
by: Dan

What most groups will do is find a parent to sign the lease. I am not aware of anyone allowing someone under the age of 24 to sign the lease.

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signing the lease
by: Anonymous

do they have to sign the lease in person or is there away to do it onlinec

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Parent Signing
by: Dan

They "sign" online.

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