Do you own a home? Are you a landlord or thinking about becoming one? Do you think you might at some point move back into your home? If so, are you protected?
Do you believe a lease should be equally fair to both sides or should one side have more power than the other? Have you protected yourself from being forced to either buy your tenant out of the lease or wait until the lease is up should you need to move back into the home?
I am a big believer that a lease should be fair for all parties. At the end of the day life happens and one needs an out. Our buy out clause allows both sides to buy the other one out with the same rules. As a landlord, I have never used it, but my tenants have used it multiple times. I have actually lost count of how many times it has been used. Therefore, I do the same with our military lease. This way everyone is EQUALLY protected.
As anyone who is active duty military knows, you go where the military sends you when you are sent! Of course, it is usually with little notice and never when predicted.
Are You Protected by the Reverse Military Clause?
One item that comes up in military leases is the reverse military clause. This clause, while very controversial, is needed by everyone who is active duty.
The reverse military clause allows owners to move back in to their homes should they receive orders to that location. I truly feel that it is fair because it would only be able to be used with orders — same as any tenant. So really, the landlord is not asking for anything more than equal treatment.
The reverse military clause also allows a landlord to provide notice to their tenant to move back into the home. The reason I hold this dear to my heart is that our last move was less than fun. We got last minute orders to a different duty station than planned.
While things eventually worked out, it was two months of couch surfing — as a couple — because the purchase of our house fell through days before we were supposed to close. It almost killed us, and it was just two adults with a kitten. Therefore, I have NO plans to ever move to an area with 4+ kids and X+ homes in the area and not be able to move into my home.
What does this mean for your tenants?
Absolutely nothing unless you move back into the area. If you are moving back, you provide the notice required by the lease. They obviously have the right to not sign the lease over this clause, but I personally have not had a single person have an issue with the clause.
What are you experiences and thoughts regarding a reverse military clause?0