Owning a rental property is one of the strongest investment options available for generating long-term income. There are naturally day-to-day duties and responsibilities connected with maintaining the property, dealing with tenants, and any other issues that arise. These are usually manageable and not too time-consuming when it involves only a single property. But once you get into the upkeep of a portfolio of multiple properties, the responsibilities can become more onerous. Your investment creates more stress and worry than you had bargained for, and the project is no longer enjoyable. Before things ever get that bad, it’s time to engage the services of a professional property management company.
Typically, the property manager takes responsibility for the routine tasks that take up the most time and hassle for a property owner, so you are free to reap the rewards and enjoy your investment. Screening potential tenants, dealing with contracts, collecting rent and dealing with problems with tenants, repairs on site and ongoing maintenance are can all be handled impartially by property management companies. Many property managers are flexible and can offer a partial service for a negotiable fee if you or your contacts are willing or able to do some of these tasks.
Usually, the property manager will interact directly with rental applicants and tenants on behalf of you, the property owner. They can arrange the marketing and advertising of rental properties, hosting of viewings and meeting interested candidates, screening prospective tenants and collecting deposits and rents. Property managers can be the first point of contact for ongoing repair issues or emergency maintenance. They are also responsible for dealing with tenant complaints and can assist you in legal and practical terms if you ever have to deal with an eviction.
It is a significant investment to employ a property management company, and this is a factor which leads so many property owners to attempt to take full responsibility themselves. But for property owners with a full-time job, having the time and availability to look after a portfolio of more than three rental units can become too much of a challenge. The management fees make more sense when compared with the potential income from a larger stable of properties, and the relief of leaving the hard work to a professional manager.
Absentee owners, or owners of a widely distributed portfolio of properties, may find that hiring a property manager in the local area is the only sensible option.
If you’d prefer not to have to attend a plumbing crisis at 3 AM, repair and decorate woodwork or manhandle leaking washing machines, then a good property manager will have the know-how and a network of trusted professional backup to tackle these and all manner of problems daily. If you feel property maintenance and calling on skilled people to organize it is beyond your skill set, then enlisting a property manager is a sensible option.
There’s a long list of issues that may arise with rental property. Using a property manager who’s seen them all before and dealt with them is the best way to prevent problems from becoming nasty, expensive or stress-inducing surprises, and ensuring that your experience of owning and letting a property remains an enjoyable one.