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What Do Property Management Companies Charge? Understanding the Different Types of Fees

Three individuals reviewing documents together at a table. Landlords grapple with a major choice: self-manage a rental property or employ a property management company. Deciding on a property management firm offers several benefits, such as increasing rental income, minimizing vacancy periods, and addressing property maintenance and repairs. This article will investigate the standard property management rates and the various types of fees that property management companies might levy. 

Understanding Property Management Fees 

It’s vital to acknowledge that property management fees can vary considerably depending on the location and the company. The national average range for property management services typically falls between 5-12% of the monthly rent collected. Nevertheless, it’s prudent to assess the services provided by each company before basing your decision solely on cost. By doing this, you can ascertain the best value for your investment. 

Many property managers utilize the fees they charge to encompass a range of services including marketing and advertising for new tenants, rent collection, tenant screening and background checks, addressing tenant inquiries and requests, managing maintenance and repairs, performing regular inspections, preparing legal documents such as leases and violation notices, and offering administrative support

However, these services may not be included in the fees charged by every property management company. Therefore, it’s important to read the fine print and ask questions before hiring a property management company. 

Exploring Additional Charges 

When evaluating the expenses involved in hiring a property management company, it’s important to remember that they may apply either a fixed charge or a fee determined by a percentage of the rent collected. Moreover, they may levy additional fees for specific services. For example: 

  • Leasing and Tenant Placement Fees: This fee is typically a one-time charge equivalent to one month’s rent. This charge involves marketing your property, screening tenants, and negotiating leases. 
  • Maintenance Fees: These fees can include a variety of tasks, from fixing a leaky faucet to replacing a roof. It’s a good idea to ask your property management company how they calculate maintenance fees and if there’s a limit on the charge for repairs. 
  • Tenant Late Payment Fees: Property management companies may apply late payment fees if tenants do not pay their rent on time. Late fees usually amount to a percentage of the rent and vary among different companies. 
  • Advertising Fees: This charge includes photography for listings, internet advertising space, and print materials. Advertising fees are occasionally charged along with other expenses, so it’s crucial to ask about this before finalizing any contracts. 

We understand that some rental property owners may be reluctant to hire someone to manage their property. However, professional management often delivers several advantages, particularly if your time is valuable. By employing a property management company, you can save time and money, ensure the long-term value of your property, and enjoy a hassle-free rental experience. These benefits are applicable whether you own one property or multiple properties. 

If you’re curious about how professional property management in Providence can benefit you, reach out to Real Property Management Cache Valley today! You can reach us at 435-753-5200 or contact us online.    

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