Becoming the Tenant Buyer: Sandwich Lease

A sandwich lease is where you would have a rent-to-own agreement with the seller. You would have a signed lease agreement and an option agreement. Then you would find another tenant buyer to sign another lease agreement an option agreement. The spread between your rental payments and what you owe the seller is what you keep.

(Sample Lease_with_Owner and Option_with_Owner – Review with Your Own Lawyer is a Condition for the Uee of This Agreement)

Here is an example of a Kijiji Ad that I found in the GTA, where the investor is trying to use this strategy.  They are positioning themselves as a large scale buyer.  In order to entice a seller, into allowing the investor to leverage the strategy.SampleSandwichLeaseKijijiAd


Let’s use an example. There is a property with a motivated seller in Oshawa for $200,000. The seller is willing to sign you up for a lease option agreement. Your monthly  payments are $1500, this includes rent and option fee that you will pay the seller. You give the seller of $5000 initial option fee. You then market the property and find a tenant-buyer who is willing to rent to own the property from you $1800 per month and is willing to give you a $10,000 initial option fee. You make the $5000 difference between what you pay the seller and what the new tenant buyer pays you, as well as $300 per month which is the difference between what you pay the seller and what  the tenant buyer pays you.

This all sounds well and good but there are many challenges to this. You have to be honest and open with both the seller and the tenant buyer.  You need to convince a tenant-buyer that your own lease-option agreement will be sufficient for the seller to sell to you, and then you to them.  Like most rent to own’s there is a large failure rate, so that needs to be kept in mind when you’re putting this type of deal together.

This strategy is something that is often marketed and sold as a great  education course in material by large real estate investing groups. The reality is that this strategy  is a very difficult to see through to the end.  You have to ensure that the seller will sell you the property and will help you to reach the financing goals that you need to reach. And then  you have to ensure that your tenant buyer is going to be able to close on the property. These multiple moving parts in the deal create a number of different failure points.

take-action-bullseye-300x189Give me an example from your past experiences where one of these lease options make sense? Why would it make sense for you to use? Why would it not make sense to use?  Be specific.