The Property Management Contract – What You Need to Know

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The manager assumes considerable responsibility with the owner’s real estate. It is important to look at the contract and to a minimum it must

1. Name all parties to the contract

2. The legal property address

3. Define the manager and owner responsibilities

4. View all fees and commissions for leasing or selling real estate.

5. Define the term of the contract

6. Both parties must sign and date the contract

What is the Agency?

“It can be referred to as the relationship between a principal and an agent whereby the principal expressly or impliedly authorizes the agent to work under his control and on his behalf. Thus, the agent is obliged to negotiate on behalf of the principal or bring him and third parties into contractual relations. “


Basically, you log off and bind the manager to act on your behalf and in your best interest with regard to managing the property.


1. You must claim a current license and go to search your state department. of real estate to see if it is applicable and that there have been no complaints or suspension or revocation of the real estate license.

2. You should also check with your local Better Business Bureau and ask for referrals. 3. Finally, ask to see the general liability insurance policy and whether the principals have failure and failure insurance.

Duration of contract: Often this is one or two years. Property managers don’t like a month-to-month contract because they need to get tenants for the rent roll and into their system. They also need some time to learn the property. One year should be a minimum.

Removal: Make sure that the contract can be canceled without having to give reasons and without penalty with a written 30-day notice to complete the scheme. Make sure your written cancellation date matches the rental date or that you may have an early termination deduction. If the rental date was the first, the first will end.

The duties and responsibilities of the managers

1. Maintenance and Inspection: Generally, they must perform all the tasks necessary to maintain and manage the property. You can specify that certain tasks or procedures remain owners to perform. Many owners like to do their own maintenance.

Take-away: Property management companies often have their own options and you need to be very clear on how this works. If a bulb is out and the handyman has to drive back and forth and switch bulbs, there is likely to be a charge of at least an hour. It can cost you $ 45.00 to replace a bulb.

2. Major repairs: You can expect all major repairs to end with three independent bids and billing backup receipts.

Removal: To protect yourself, you should set limits on how much can be used without your approval. If all bids seem high, we think you should have the right to bid it yourself. If you do, you would be responsible for the result and if it wasn’t up to code, the management company may not want to represent you. So for those who know what they are doing, this could possibly be a money saving job for big jobs.

3. Inspections: The manager must be there for all city inspections and free of charge. This is part of the management of the property.

Remove: you must have in writing that the company will also provide annual inspections and a written report.

4. 24-hour alarm service: This is part of basic management. There must be a response from 24 to 7 and there should be no extra charge for this. Its part of the basic management of a property.

Rents screening and leasing

1. Marketing and advertising of the rental: The company must be familiar with the local market and be able to price the unit so that it rents reasonably quickly and at the right rental. A bad rental process can give you time in the market while all bills still have to be paid. We have seen many companies try to hit home runs with the highest price only to be over eager and cost the owner months of income.

Take-away: Ask the company how much leasing experience they have, how long a property is on the market. This is how they come to their pricing strategies and how they intend to advertise, and there are costs involved. We believe that craigslist and a company website should do the job. With the exception of luxury properties, newspaper ads are an expensive one


2. Tenant Screening: What are Tenant Screening Criteria. his business must be able to clearly offer you a set of rules. This should never be an off hand “we choose them if we like them” approach. It’s a lawsuit waiting to happen. We will write about fair housing, the federal government’s housing and discrimination laws. In the meantime, there are a number of articles on our website that you can read if you need to.


All management companies must have accounts online and always be available. The larger companies will have an accountant in the company. That’s a plus.

The company’s responsibilities are:

1. Track revenue and expenses to determine profitability

2. Rent and other fees from the property must be deposited in a special bank account or trust as required by law and cannot be mixed with the business funds.

Issuing monthly income statements

3. Negotiate rental agreements

4. Respond to tenants’ inquiries and handle tenants seamlessly

5. The agent must immediately charge rent and other income from the property

6. From the rents received, the agent shall pay all operating expenses and such other expenses as the owner requests. This may include the payment of a mortgage loan or tax.

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