If you are looking to rent a house or an apartment, you have probably encountered a property management company along the way. Oftentimes, people don't understand what a property management company can and cannot do in relation to rental units. They end up getting themselves in trouble because they thought something was true when it wasn't. To help clear up some of the misconceptions and make sure you have a positive experience with one of these companies, here are a few things you need to understand.
It isn't their responsibility to take care of your yardwork.
Many people assume that property management companies are responsible for mowing their grass, trimming the bushes and removing snow in the winter. However, that isn't the case. When you make the decision to rent a house, those things are your responsibility. The only time you don't have to worry about the yard maintenance is when your lease specifically states that it will be taken care of for you. Otherwise, you are in violation of the terms of your lease.
They aren't like all of the other landlords.
Property management companies have their own unique application process. They often go through a third-party vendor to verify information relating to your credit history and employment history. Because these companies use an outside company to verify your information, it can take a little longer for them to get the answers they need to determine if they are going to rent to you or not. Make sure to give them enough time to go through everything and make an informed decision on your application. Don't ever assume that they should have your information back in a day or two because that isn't always the case.
They can evict you for violating the terms of your lease.
If you don't follow the terms of your lease, you could find yourself going to court and facing the risk of being evicted. You want to make sure you understand what is expected of you as a tenant and what you can or cannot do. A property management company isn't going to mess around and let you do whatever you want. They have an obligation to the property owner to make sure that the property is taken care of and the rent is paid.
Now that you know more about what these companies are about, you can go into the process with a little better understanding of what is going to happen.