Looking for a rent-free home on a lot of land?
For rent: Historic home surrounded by acres of land. First month's rent free. Also all subsequent months.
That's the deal for people in "an unusual program run by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in partnership with the Maryland Historical Trust," as Andrea Siegel reports today. But they do need to shell out money in order to live rent-free in the homes DNR got as it acquired parkland:
In exchange for restoring the houses to rigorous national historic standards at an out-of-pocket expense that almost always reaches well beyond $100,000, the curators receive lifetime tenancy. ...
Supporters say the program is a cost-effective way to preserve historic houses - three are on the National Register of Historic Places and the others are eligible for that consideration - without taxpayer dollars. The state would never have enough money, they say, to restore the neglected and dilapidated buildings.
So not exactly free -- and not for anyone who shudders at the thought of a fixer-upper.
Have you come across other "free rent in exchange for work" situations?