Top 10 Benefits of Leasing IP Addresses for IP Holders 

6 min read
27 October 2023
Agnė Srėbaliūtė

Explore the top 10 benefits of leasing IP addresses with IPXO. Maximize income, protect your IP resources, and gain full control.

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The world of the internet is facing a pressing challenge – the scarcity of Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) addresses. This scarcity poses a significant hurdle for businesses seeking to expand and thrive in the digital realm. While the transition to IPv6 is underway, the demand for available IPv4 resources continues to surge, driving prices higher. However, there’s a silver lining in this cloud of scarcity, and it comes in the form of IP address leasing.

IP address leasing offers businesses a lifeline, enabling them to overcome the IPv4 shortage and access the resources necessary for growth. For IPv4 address holders, this represents a unique opportunity to monetize their unused resources and secure a recurring income stream. The benefits are manifold, as leasing not only provides immediate revenue but also the potential for future sales at higher prices.

In this blog post, we will explore ten compelling advantages that IP holders can enjoy by embracing IP address leasing. From consistent revenue to mitigating risks, we’ll delve into the strategies that can help you maximize your IP assets while retaining ownership and control.

Key Takeaways

  • Leasing surplus IPv4 addresses provides a sustainable income stream while allowing IP holders to retain ownership and control, diversifying revenue sources and ensuring a consistent cash flow.
  • IP holders must prioritize hijack protection to safeguard their IPs’ reputation. Robust monitoring and mitigation infrastructure can prevent malicious attempts, preserving IP value throughout the lease term.
  • Effective reputation management, including monitoring and delisting if IPs are blocklisted, helps protect the IP holder’s overall reputation, ensuring the sustained value of leased IPs.

1. Sustainable revenue without diluting your assets 

Leasing your surplus IPv4 addresses offers a sustainable way to generate income from assets that might otherwise remain dormant. Unlike selling off your IPs, leasing allows you to maintain complete ownership and control as the IP holder.  

This flexibility enables you to lease the same IPs continuously, ensuring a steady stream of income. To calculate the immediate revenue potential, you can make use of our Sell vs Lease calculator:

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IP leasing brings revenue diversification, reducing your reliance on other monetization models that may fluctuate over time. Additionally, since the leased IPs remain linked to your Autonomous System Number (ASN), it bolsters your brand’s credibility as an IP resource holder. 

With transparent pricing and predictable payouts, forecasting revenue becomes more straightforward for you. Typical lease terms vary, ranging from a year to a decade, and depending on the Commitments (at IPXO, the Commitments feature enables IP holders to offer subnets for long-term lease and empowers IP lessees to negotiate the desired lease terms).  

By staggering lease expiration dates, you can achieve a reliable and consistent cash flow on a monthly and yearly basis. 

2. Hijack protection  

When leasing your IPs, a significant concern is the risk of hijacking, which can pose a severe threat to your IP reputation as the holder. Hijacking occurs when malicious individuals reroute and misuse your IP traffic, leading to blacklisting and a decline in trust associated with your IP addresses.  

To mitigate this risk, maintaining robust hijack protection is essential for you as the IP holder. This involves implementing proactive monitoring and deploying globally distributed mitigation infrastructure to prevent malicious attempts from succeeding in the first place. By doing so, you can safeguard your IPs’ reputation and maintain their value throughout the entire lease term.  

3. Ongoing IP reputation management 

Despite having effective hijack prevention measures in place, occasional issues may still arise if your leased IPs are utilized for abusive purposes such as spamming. Nevertheless, as the IP holder leasing out your assets, you can further protect your reputation through comprehensive reputation management.

The most common IP address abuse types as reported by IPXO as of October 22, 2023.
The most common IP address abuse types as reported by IPXO as of October 22, 2023.

This includes continuous monitoring of IPs for any abusive activities or blacklisting. In cases where leased IPs become blacklisted (for example, included in the most widely used Barracuda or Spamhaus blacklists), you can take swift action to have them delisted and cleared, preventing any lasting damage to your overall IP reputation. 

4. Comprehensive RPKI management 

As an IP holder, maintaining valid RPKI (Resource Public Key Infrastructure) records is imperative in today’s digital landscape. RPKI plays a pivotal role in enhancing routing security, preventing hijacking, and ensuring your IPs receive routing priority.  

Nonetheless, managing RPKI can be a complex and time-consuming task if done independently. Having a system in place to handle RPKI registration and management on your behalf as part of the lease can significantly benefit you. This approach enhances the convenience of leasing your IPs, allowing you to reap the advantages of RPKI without the administrative burden. 

5. Unified control across all RIRs 

The ability to lease out IPs from all five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) offers the advantage of monetizing a broader range of your global resources through a single, streamlined system. This unified control simplifies your management tasks.  

All the Regional Internet Registries - ARIN, RIPE NCC, APNIC, AFRINIC, and LACNIC - connected globally.
All five Regional Internet Registries, operating in a global network.

Moreover, when RPKI management is handled on your behalf, you no longer need to separately register Route Origin Authorizations (ROAs) across various RIR databases. The result is a more efficient and cohesive approach to IP leasing for you as the IP holder. 

6. Enhanced visibility and transparency 

For an IP holder, the lack of visibility into your IP leasing activities can be a source of concern. However, having a detailed dashboard and comprehensive reporting on all your leased IPs provides full transparency. This includes real-time status updates on all IPs, such as those that are leased or available. Lease details, such as tenant information, lease terms, expiration dates, and pricing, are readily accessible.  

How an IP holder views their payout summary dashboard in the IPXO portal.
IP holder’s Payout Summary dashboard in the IPXO portal.

Additionally, the IPXO Marketplace offers ticket tracking, aiding in the identification and resolution of issues. Audit logs, displaying all IP-related activity and changes, further enhance transparency for you leasing out your resources. Many modern IP leasing platforms, such as IPXO, also offer APIs, enabling seamless data integration into your existing systems. 

7. Standardized financial terms 

Ensuring consistency in the financial terms of leasing agreements is paramount for you as an IP holder. Having standardized pricing and terms across tenants streamlines your operations and facilitates easy consultation of pricing and availability at any time. 

Furthermore, settlements and payments occur seamlessly on schedule, ensuring a hassle-free financial process. 

8. Dedicated account management 

IP leasing involves more than just the initial setup, and ongoing management and communication are critical to maintaining smooth operations. This is where having a dedicated account manager becomes invaluable.  

A dedicated account manager serves as your single point of contact, providing direct support across all aspects of your leasing program. This ensures that your leasing revenue continues uninterrupted, and you have access to the support and guidance you need. 

9. Strict IP lessee vetting processes 

As an IP holder leasing out addresses, verifying the identity and credibility of your clients through Know Your Customer (KYC) procedures is of utmost importance. You need assurance that the entities leasing your IP addresses are reputable and trustworthy.

Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements for IP address leasing and monetization include contact verification, business information, intended use of services, background check, and others.
Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements for both IP holders and IP lessees at IPXO.

A well-designed system conducts rigorous KYC checks on all lease applicants, ensuring that their business operations meet established standards. This not only helps you weed out potential bad actors but also mitigates hijacking risks, contributing to your peace of mind. 

10. Statistics for monetization optimization 

To maximize your IP leasing revenue as an IP holder, gaining insight into utilization and demand is crucial. Access to real-time statistics empowers you to optimize your leasing strategy effectively. With this data, you can evaluate average IPv4 pricing, and monitor the trend of IPs leased over time.  

Armed with this information, you can fine-tune your approach to lease more IPs at higher rates, ultimately enhancing your monetization efforts. 


In conclusion, IP address leasing isn’t just a solution to the IPv4 scarcity – it’s a strategic choice for businesses looking to thrive in the digital landscape. By leasing your underutilized IP resources, you not only capitalize on dormant space but also maintain complete ownership throughout. With the right partners and the proper setup, the transition from surplus IPs to a steady income stream becomes straightforward.

What truly sets IPv4 leasing apart is its low maintenance requirements beyond the initial setup. This convenience makes it the preferred option for IP holders aiming to maximize the potential of their resources.

Furthermore, as you navigate your IP management journey, we encourage you to explore the Beta version of our Discovery phase. This tool is tailored to reveal any public IP addresses linked to your organization, greatly enhancing your IP management capabilities and unveiling hidden opportunities for revenue generation.

About the author

Agnė Srėbaliūtė

Technical Content Writer

Agnė is a Technical Content Writer at IPXO. For more than 15 years she has been molding her skills in various fields, including PR copywriting, SEO copywriting and creative copywriting. Her lifestyle is based on continuous learning through numerous areas of interest, leisure activities and travelling. Addictions? Hiking and coffee.
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