If the contract is written correctly and you know what items could cause problems in the future, you can protect yourself in the contract. Lease options are an amazing way to get into a home as a future homeowner with a small amount down and a payment equivalent to what you would pay for rent. Many times a portion of your monthly payment is credited to the principal. It buys you time to get your finances in order, raise your credit score and determine if this is truly the correct house for you. If you would like to discuss all the issues that you would face both good and bad with a lease option, feel free to give me a call. I have been on both sides of the equation as both the buyer and the seller on lease option transactions.
Kathy Persha, Realtor
Keller Williams Realty
Paid a few hundred dollars a month over market rent. This amount was to be put toward the down payment. Neighbor was in the home for about 2+ years.
This was about $6000 extra toward his down payment.
About 2+ years into this arrangement, he came home one day and saw a sign on his front door that he had 3 days to get out of the property. The home had gone into foreclosure and he was being evicted by the bank.
He had to scramble for a new rental.
He never got his $6000 back from the sellers.
I would suggest having a third party (an attorney) handle this for you and handle the money and the house payment for you.
Again, if you want more info about your question, contact me.