I moved to rural Iowa for a job that was great. So great that I decided to buy my first home because I figured I'd be in the area for at least 10 more years. Two years later my job went away and I was living in a part of the country where I had no job opportunities within a two hour commute. Long story short I moved to find better job opportunities. Unfortunately our house has been sitting on the market with only a few interested parties even bothering to look in person and only after my wife started posting the house on Facebook and the local newspaper's classifieds page (area is so small there's no Craigslist).
Someone said they love our house but can only do a rent-to-own scenario. I can only find information from a buyer's point of view and it sounds like 90% of the time it's either a scam or it doesn't work out. I don't want to rip this person off, really I just don't like making two house payments a month along with utilities and not being able to keep up the house anymore due to it being over 1000 miles away, so it's very tempting.
TL;DR Any suggestions for dealing with a potential rent-to-own tenant and not screwing them over but also protecting my home?
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