Investment Guide

Property Management vs. Landlord

Don’t be your own landlord and try to lease the properties you buy, and collect the monthly rent, and be “on-call” for every thing that breaks 24-7. It’s just not worth it. It’s also a lot more controllable when there is a third party involved between the renters and the owner. It’s kind of like having a personal “firewall” to prevent any direct surprises.

Hiring a property management company to lease your properties after you’ve recondition them is a great way to earn from your invest without the hassle.

So what do property management companies do?

Management companies deal directly with prospects and tenants, saving you time and worry over marketing your rentals, collecting rent, handling maintenance and repair issues, responding to tenant complaints, and even pursuing evictions. Plus, a good management company brings its know-how and experience to your property, giving you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your investment is in good hands. Finally, a management company is an independent contractor, so you avoid the hassles of being an employer.



There are many other reasons you may elect to hire a professional company such as this and here are some:

You have lots of properties or rental units. The more rental properties you own and the more units they contain, the more you’re likely to benefit from a management company.

You don’t live near your rental property. If your rental property is located far from where you live, hiring a property management company can be invaluable in dealing with the many issues that you will not be able to handle from afar.

You’re not interested in hands-on management. Many landlords look forward to the challenge of finding good tenants and the rewards of maintaining a safe and attractive property on their own. But if you view rental property ownership strictly as an investment and want little or nothing to do with the day-to-day management of your properties, consider hiring help to manage your property.

Your time is limited. Even if you enjoy hands-on management, you may not have much time to devote to your business, especially if landlording isn’t your day job. And if you prefer to spend your time growing your business, including searching for new properties, arranging financing for renovations, or changing your business structure, then a management company may be a good way to spend your money.

You can afford the cost. Hiring a property management company is an attractive option if you can afford the fees. When interviewing companies, expect to hear quotes ranging between 5% and 10% of what you collect in rent revenue. If it’s a down market and you’re able to manage things yourself (or with the help of a resident manager or other employees), you may want to keep doing so until the market turns around.

You’re suddenly inundated with management tasks. If your business is growing, at some point you may find that you need a substrantial amount of help to manage everything properly. At that point, it might make sense to hire a management company.

You don’t want to be an employer. If you hire a resident manager or other employees to help with your property, you become an employer. You’ll have to handle payroll and deal with a host of other legal requirements and considerations. But, because a property management company isn’t your employee (it’s an independent contractor), and neither are the people who work for the company, by using one you avoid the hassles of being an employer.

article by: Ron Leshnower

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