We’re not going to sugarcoat this: Property management is a tough, full-time job. It’s not for the faint of heart. Most rental owners play it safe and hire a property management company. There are a select few, however, that insist on taking the bull by the horn and striking out on their own.
If you are one of these few, you’re probably thinking, “What could go wrong?”
Here is a list of some of the duties that are part and parcel when managing a property. (And, yes, any one of these can and WILL go wrong at any moment.)
First Impressions and Communication
If you want to manage your rental on your own, stop and consider the amount of time and work that managing a property entails, from advertising for new tenants, the upkeep of the property, legalities involved and managing money. Self-managed landlords will need to treat their property like a business, as opposed to a casual hobby that can be dipped in and out of when it suits them.
IMPORTANT: Potential tenants can spot an unprofessional landlord a mile away and they will move on to another property during their search for a new home when they do. So by treating their property like they would a paid job, self-managed landlords will make a good impression from the start.
By agreeing to take on the task of self-managing a rental property, the legal responsibilities will fall directly to you. You’ll have to brush up on the current property and local authority laws and regulations applicable to your rental property
These vary from:
- Having a correct Assured Shorthold Tenancy in place and being well versed in eviction law
- ADA compliance
- EPC requirements
- Gas safety certificate
- Electrical safety
- Fire safety
- Tenancy Deposit Protection
- Maintaining a safe and clean environment
When self-managing a property, you will be responsible for all of the finances, from collecting rent, paying taxes and funding repairs, so it is necessary that they have efficient procedures in place to prevent problems occurring.
You must make sure there is an efficient rent collecting system in place before taking on new tenants.
Tenant referencing is a vital step to try and prevent bad tenants from moving into your property.
Getting tenants checked will help sift out the bad apples from the bunch, leaving you with peace of mind that the rent will be paid on time and the property will be looked after.
Marketing the Property
You will also need to manage the advertising and viewing process when looking for new tenants.
Listing vacant property online is vital in the digital age, as the majority of tenants looking for a new home go to the online property portals first before they start looking elsewhere.
Some self-managed landlords are unsure as to how much rent they should charge. Getting the price right is a key ingredient when creating an online property listing because tenants can tell when a property is overpriced and will move on to another.
This is just a partial list of what’s in store for a self-managed property manager. We’ve left out things like maintenance, rental appraisals, and inspections. There is a lot involved in managing a property — that’s why we’re here to shoulder the burden.
If you’re tired of headaches and hassles of managing your own property, give us a call immediately. Our full service property management solution will save you time, money, and a lot less sleepless nights.