Refinancing your mortgage as a primary residence and then renting out the property to a tenant a few months later can have several implications, including financial, legal, and tax considerations. I asked this question myself as I attempted to refinance my mortgage earlier in the year, and the answer I arrived at is a resounding, “No”. No, I can’t refinance my mortgage as a primary residence and then rent the property, at least not within 12 months.

Here are some key points to consider.

  1. Mortgage Terms and Requirements: When you refinance your mortgage for a primary residence, you typically get more favorable terms and interest rates compared to investment properties. Lenders may have specific requirements and interest rate adjustments for investment properties. If you change the use of the property to a rental shortly after refinancing, you might violate the terms of your mortgage agreement.
  2. Lender’s Consent: Many mortgage agreements include a clause that requires you to obtain the lender’s consent before converting your primary residence into a rental property. Failing to do so may result in a breach of your mortgage contract, which could have serious consequences, including accelerated repayment or foreclosure.
  3. Insurance: Your homeowner’s insurance policy may not cover rental properties. You will likely need to switch to a landlord or rental property insurance policy to adequately protect yourself and your investment. Failing to do so may leave you without proper coverage in case of tenant-related issues, property damage, or liability claims.
  4. Taxes: There can be tax implications when you convert your primary residence into a rental property. For example:
    • Rental Income: You must report rental income on your tax return, which may be subject to federal and state income tax.
    • Deductions: You can usually deduct expenses related to the rental property, such as mortgage interest, property taxes, insurance, maintenance, and depreciation. However, the deductibility of these expenses can be subject to limitations and specific rules.
    • Capital Gains: When you eventually sell the property, you may be subject to capital gains tax. Tax rules for primary residences are more favorable than those for investment properties. There are provisions in the tax code, like the Section 121 exclusion, which allows homeowners to exclude some or all of their capital gains when selling a primary residence. These rules may not apply to investment properties.
  5. Local Regulations: Local zoning laws and homeowner’s association rules may have restrictions on renting out your property. You should check with your local authorities and review any applicable agreements or covenants.
  6. Financing Implications: If you plan to purchase another primary residence in the future, having an existing rental property can affect your ability to qualify for a new primary residence mortgage. Lenders will consider your existing mortgage debt and rental income when assessing your eligibility.
  7. Professional Advice: Given the complexities involved in converting a primary residence into a rental property, it’s advisable to consult with a financial advisor, tax professional, and attorney before proceeding. They can help you navigate the legal and financial aspects and ensure that you are compliant with all relevant laws and regulations.


In summary, refinancing your mortgage as a primary residence and then renting out the property afterward requires careful consideration of your mortgage agreement, insurance, tax implications, and local regulations. It’s crucial to communicate with your lender, update your insurance, and seek professional advice to ensure a smooth and legally compliant transition from a primary residence to a rental property. When I attempted to refinance my mortgage I decided I would not try to skirt the system here, it was just too risky.

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