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If you own real estate that you rent out, you already know how much work it is to juggle all the responsibilities of being a landlord. Being able to share that work with someone else is an obvious reason for hiring a property management company.
Here are additional benefits to hiring a company to manage your rental properties:
Stay up to date on legal issues
It’s difficult to stay on top of all the ins and outs of rental ordinances and tenant’s rights. Property management companies ensure tenant and landlord rights are not violated and that all state and local laws regarding rental property are followed. To help with this, property management companies often have an attorney on staff or on retainer.
Free up more of your time
The property management company is responsible for the day-to-day operations of your rental homes. If the furnace goes out in the middle of the night, the management company gets the call, not you. They schedule routine maintenance and handle any repairs that are needed. Some management companies perform monthly inspections of your real estate to identify any problems or tenants that are damaging the property.
Screen potential tenants
Instead of spending your time interviewing potential tenants, running credit reports and checking references, you can spend your time on other things that you need or want to do. The property management company advertises your rentals and screens all potential tenants. Their job is to get you the best possible tenants for your rental home, and they know how to do it.
The management company collects and deposits rent on all your rental properties. This cuts down on the accounting you must do on a monthly basis. Each unit is tracked separately, so you know which rentals are making the best return and which ones you might want to sell.
Remove unwanted tenants
The management company is responsible for evicting tenants for non-payment of rent or improper care of your real estate. They handle filing the paperwork and going to the court hearing, as well as the follow-up process. This is probably one of the most unpleasant landlord duties and one of the most difficult to implement without violating the tenant’s rights from lack of knowledge.
If you are thinking of buying income property, selling your home or possibly buying a new home contact me Marianne Hatton, Brand Name Real Estate, Columbia’s real estate expert, at 803-413-9986.