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How To Calculate Rental Vacancy and Credit Loss in Real Estate Investing


Failure to anticipate the loss of rental revenue due to vacant units and non-payment of rent will lead to lost profitability in your clients' income producing real estate investments.

In helping clients to determine the suitability of a purchase, be sure that their due diligence includes an estimate of vacancy and credit loss. You can be sure that most lenders will take this into account also.

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 5 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Determine an expected percentage of loss due to vacancy and non-payment by checking that of comparable properties and the recent loss experienced by the subject property.

    Last year's vacancy and credit loss from the subject property may have been 3% of net operating income. Other comparable properties experienced an average of 4%. Choose a value in the mix, let's say 3.60%.

  2. Adjust your net operating income for next year by any anticipated rent increases. If you are anticipating a 5% increase in rent, and net operating income this year is $44,000, then:

    $44,000 X 1.05 = $46,200

  3. Calculate the expected monetary loss for next year due to vacancy and credit losses:

    $46,200(net operating income) X .0360 (3.6%) loss estimate = $1663.20.

What You Need

  • Calculator
  • Some estimate(s) of vacancy and credit loss percentages

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