How it Works

Our investor provides responsible households a transparent path to home-ownership through their “Lease with a Right to Purchase” program. The program provides five years of rent certainty with an initial commitment of just one year.

The initial term of the lease is generally one year; and, the Lease automatically renews every year, as long as the resident is in compliance with the lease and Right to Purchase Agreement. Each year, the resident has the right to give notice that he/she does not want to renew the lease for another year. If for any reason the resident notifies the investor that they have elected to terminate at the end of the lease term, and is in compliance with the Lease, the full security deposit will be returned.

The resident’s financial commitment is limited to the initial term of the lease. The resident does not have to renew the Lease after the initial term. The maximum number of years the lease may be renewed is five.

Over the life of the lease, subject to applicable laws, the investor expects residents to treat the home as their own, maintain the lawn and garden, remove snow or debris and complete minor repairs.

The resident’s Right to Purchase Agreement (and therefore Right to Purchase) is in effect as long as the lease is in effect and the resident is in compliance with these two agreements.

The Right to Purchase Agreement gives the resident the right to purchase the home from the investor (Home Partners of America) at a predetermined price for each year of the lease, as long as the resident is in compliance with the Lease and the Right to Purchase Agreements. The maximum number of years a resident may rent the home and have the Right to Purchase is five years. The Right to Purchase does notobligate the resident to purchase the home. This program may be used solely as a rental opportunity.

The purchase price in you Right to Purchase, as initially set at the time you enter into the lease, will include an adjustment equal to $2,500 (a “Maintenance Adjustment”). If you choose to purchase the home, and the maintenance costs covered by the Maintenance Adjustment actually incurred by the investor are less than the Maintenance Adjustment, the purchase price of the home at closing will be reduced by the unused amount of the Maintenance Adjustment.

The Maintenance Adjustment generally may be used to cover the cost of any repairs, renovations, replacements or improvements to the home that the investor determines are necessary or appropriate during your lease term. Examples of the costs for which the Maintenance Adjustment may be used include the replacement of a major mechanical system, (e.g., HVAC, furnace, roofing) or the repair of appliances, plumbing or fixtures. The investor generally is responsible for the costs of home repairs in excess of the Maintenance Adjustment and those excess costs will not increase the purchase price of the home.

However, the Maintenance Adjustment does not limit your responsibility for any costs for which you would be responsible under the terms of the lease. Examples of these costs are costs due to your misuse of the home, your willful or negligent conduct, or your failure to comply with the lease. The investor may require you to pay these costs separately in accordance with the terms of your lease.

Your rent is not affected by the Maintenance Adjustment and the Maintenance Adjustment does not affect you unless you purchase the home. For example, if the investor pays repair costs of $2,500 during the lease term that are covered by the Maintenance Adjustment, and you choose not to purchase the home, you will not be required to reimburse the investor for those amounts.

Generally within 48 hours of a seller accepting the investor’s offer for the purchase of a home, prospective residents will be required to sign the Lease and the Right to Purchase Agreement and provide the deposit, all to be held in escrow, pending the closing of the purchase of the home by the investor.

Prospective residents will have an opportunity to review all documentation, and Home Partners encourages all prospective residents to consult with legal and tax advisers to review such documents and the transaction prior to signing any documents.