Once upon a time, an impeccably dressed man presented himself at my leasing office, claiming he was a bank executive and eager to rent immediately due to a personal tragedy. Moved by his story and impressed by his apparent wealth, I bypassed the standard background check. In due course, he stopped paying rent and legally avoided eviction through a bankruptcy claim, living in the property for seven months rent-free. This costly mistake revealed his history of exploiting homeowners and apartment complexes.
The Property Manager Difference: A professional property manager would never skip crucial steps like background checks, credit checks, recent pay stubs collection, and prior landlord references.
In my early career, I managed a new apartment building where a seemingly nice couple rented a unit. Without permission, they undertook several property alterations, including tile replacement, deck construction, and carpet removal. When charged a late fee for delayed rent, they argued that their improvements excused them from the fee. Ultimately, they vacated the property, leaving it in disarray.
The Property Manager Difference: A professional property manager would not permit tenants to make significant changes without prior approval, helping to maintain property integrity and avoid potential disputes.
While managing a community in Southeast Washington, DC, I had a late-night encounter with local police and the DEA due to a tenant with a criminal background. The nightmare of midnight gunshots and broken doors could have been avoided with a more rigorous tenant screening process.
The Property Manager Difference: Rigorous background checks and previous landlord recommendations are non-negotiables for a seasoned property manager.
In an attempt to modernize my property management approach, I decided to go virtual, eliminating personal interactions with tenants. One tenant rented a freshly renovated unit from afar, paid her rent on time for months, and then unexpectedly moved out, leaving her cat behind. The unpleasant surprise I encountered when I entered her unit underlines the shortcomings of impersonal virtual management.
The Property Manager Difference: A property manager knows how to effectively use technology without sacrificing essential personal interactions. They would use reputable online listing services and enforce clear rules about pets. They also know that online screening involves more than social media checks—comprehensive background checks are a must.
Conclusion: Through these case studies, it becomes clear that there is more to being a landlord than simply collecting rent. It requires careful tenant vetting, clear communication, adherence to legal regulations, and professional property maintenance.
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