Do i have to pay property tax and HOA fee if i rent a house?

Asked by Mohammed Alhetershi, Dallas, TX Tue Aug 21, 2012

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T.E. & Naima…, Agent, Dallas, TX
Sun Aug 26, 2012
Normally, property taxes and HOA dues are paid by the owner.

But, fines issued by the HOA for tenant conduct or for things the tenant is responsible to take of care can be passed through to the tenant. The tenant agrees to the HOA rules as a normal part of agreeing to lease the property.

The same thing holds true for abatement charges from city or county government. Even though these are similar to property taxes, the tenant may be responsible for the charge. For example, if your lease says you mow the lawn, you refuse to, and the city comes and mows it, you can bet that the owner will charge you for the abatement (which might be $200).

Your lease can contain language that you pay the taxes. It can also say that you pay usage fees or HOA dues. While this is not common, it does happen. So, before signing ask and read what you sign.
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Bruce Lynn, Agent, Coppell, TX
Tue Aug 21, 2012
Typically not....but always depends on your contract. That's for residential. For commercial it is the opposite.
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Yuri Barrera, Agent, Garland, TX
Tue Aug 21, 2012
Everything will depend on your agreement with the owner, normally, these expenses are built into the monthly rent, but every situation is different, Carefully review your lease and make sure that any agreement's between you and the seller are in writing, have a local Real Estate Professional help you out.

Yuri Barrera
Ultima Real Estate
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Cindy Dunnic…, Agent, Rowlett, TX
Tue Aug 21, 2012
Normally in the Garland market, the homeowner pays the HOA dues. However, this will be spelled out in your lease and you should read it carefully.
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Marlon Hopki…, Agent, 75225, TX
Tue Aug 21, 2012
Every lease contract is different. Most rentals will have those fee's already included in the rent but, I would recommend fully reviewing the contract and terms prior to signing. Your Realtor can provide assistance with finding those things out for you. If your don't have one, I would be glad to help. See my contact info below.

Marlon Hopkins
Keller Williams Realty
Dallas, Texas
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Gary Woltal, Agent, Flower Mound, TX
Tue Aug 21, 2012
Property taxes and HOA fees are billed to the homeowner of the house and it is their responsibility to pay them not the tenant.
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Dixon Wong, Agent, Dallas, TX
Tue Aug 21, 2012
Hi Mohammed,

You rarely have to pay for the owner's expense in the lease. But you do have to read the lease to be sure. But its very unlikely you have to

JP and Assocaite
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Barbara Coker, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, San Antonio, TX
Tue Aug 21, 2012
I would say read your lease. It spells out your obligations.

Barbara Coker
Licensed Mortgage Loan Officer
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