My wife and I own a house and 3 acres back in my hometown, which is about 4 hours from where we live. It's an old house with a lot of family history to it, so I don't want to sell it unless we have to. However, to make it totally rentable would take a considerable investment, and we just don't have those extra resources right now. Currently, it'll keep the weather off you, but that's about all that can be said. It has running water and electricity. Vandalism is another problem. Someone has already broken a window, chopped through the plywooded opening and tried to set a fire. Something we've talked about is the possibility of letting a homesteader use this home and land for X number of years in exchange for a minimal amount of work on the place. Is this feasible, do you think? They would also have access to 3 acres of tillable land, and this town is 10 miles from a college town and 45 minutes from Chattanooga, TN, so growing vegetables for a farmers' market or CSA would be possible. What are some of your thoughts? Has anyone done anything like this? Some questions I have: would this be a suicidal notion in terms of the liability I'd be taking on? Where would you advertise (in addition to this forum) to find trustworthy tenants? How much work could you fairly ask the tenant to do? What would be a fair span of time for the tenant to use the house and land? (My wife and I would like to eventually move back here, although this will be at least 10 years down the road.) Would you use a formal agreement? Thanks.