According to film location scout Wilson Wu, the “rent” or “location fee” earned by a homeowner for a film shoot is free from federal taxation as long as you don’t have more than 14 film shoots in a tax year. (Check with your tax advisor to see if you qualify!)
Good deal, eh? Especially in this economic time when a location fee can easily pay for a whole month’s mortgage.
I’ve assisted location scouts with residential, commercial and municipal properties in the last few years. A few examples:
The filmmaker for the indie film “Once Beautiful Past” rented a home we had on the market, Hayward City Hall made some money by renting out office space for an evening, and a vacant closed-down fast-food restaurant in south Hayward was used for a TV commercial shoot.
Are you interested in offering up your property for a film crew to use?
This week I attended a community meeting where a resident complained that a couple she knew was pulled over by the police because they were reported driving around a certain neighborhood repeatedly.
Now, when I bought my house 5 years ago, I sat in my car outside the house one night while I was in escrow marveling at the beautiful house I would soon move into. A neighbor noticed I was there and approached my car to ask what the heck I was doing there. Although I was embarrassed, I was also quite pleased with my decision to move into a neighborhood where the residents were in tune with what was going on and who was or wasn’t supposed to be there.
So, going back to that meeting: The folks who were pulled over were said to be driving around that neighborhood because they were interested in a few homes that were for sale there. Yet, instead of seeing the police pulling them over as an opportunity to ask about the safety of the neighborhood, they chose to see themselves as victims. (sigh)
We need to quit our belly-aching about things that happen and look at them as opportunities!