I've read recently that rent-to-own style investment is a solid pick for working class communities. The Wall Street Journal and other publications have suggested it as a win-win situation for working class areas. The landlord how can afford to buy starter houses then sets up a rental agreement where the tenant is renting toward ownership. This way, the tenant does not need a bank loan or to pay it all at once, but the landlord is still getting a solid return on the investment. These are typically single family, single level starter homes. The landlord still has maintenance responsibilities, but the tenant has a little more freedom in making the house a "home." What do you feel about the structure of a rent-to-own investment? I am interested to see people's thoughts on how much capital it would take to get started. Has anyone set up a rent-to-own situation or maybe rented to own? I would also be curious about the average length of a lease agreement.