We charge an initial fee of $395 to take in a new property. This is a one-time fee and we do not charge re-listing fees when the property turns over. Once we have a rent paying tenant in place, we charge 8% of the collected rent. This monthly percentage is contingent on rent collection so if the property is vacant or the tenant hasn’t paid, we are not collecting a management fee until you receive your rent. Reduced rates can be negotiated for property owners with multiple unit portfolios.
Detailed background screenings are a very important part of the tenant selection process. At Oak House, we conduct in-depth criminal and credit background checks, ID verification's, and eviction scans on all applicants 18 years old or older that will be occupying the property. In addition to these checks, we also verify income and employment and contact the applicant’s current landlord for a rental reference if applicable.
At minimum, one month’s rent is collected as a security deposit and additional deposits are collected for pets. All security deposits are held in a non-interest bearing trust account.
When things break, having a property management company ready to respond is ideal. While you are always notified of any maintenance requests at your property you are not required to call repair people or set up appointments for these repairs—we’ll do this for you! To keep costs low, we do not have an “in-house” maintenance staff and contract all repairs to local licensed and insured vendors (plumbing, electrical, HVAC, etc.). We have 2-3 of each of these vendors that we use on a regular basis as well as numerous “general handymen” that we contact for miscellaneous repairs. For most repairs, our vendors are able to give you estimates regarding maintenance if requested. We also are happy to use preferred vendors that you have used in the past if you would like.
Timely rent payments make us happy and we go above and beyond to make sure our tenants know when rent is due. We send a friendly rent reminder on the last day of every month to remind tenants rent will be due by the 1st and late if received after the 4th. On the morning of the 5th, if rent has not been received, we contact the tenant to alert them that rent is now late. We try to work with tenants as much as possible and understand that sometimes mistakes happen or emergencies come up. However, if we have not received communication from the tenant about paying due rent, we can file for eviction on the 10th of the month.
We’ve heard that a good property manager is worth their weight in gold. By hiring a property manager, you are actually hiring an adviser, a photographer, a tour guide, a negotiator, a coordinator, a 24 hour emergency phone line operator, a mediator, a bookkeeper, a problem solver, a multi-tasker and an agent all in one. Need we say more?
Your property manager is your buffer. He or she is the contact point for the tenant so you can rest assured that the property is being cared for and that you will not have to deal with a maintenance issue at the drop of a hat. You will not need to stop your daily routine to address an HVAC issue, a running toilet, or a tenant who refuses to pay rent. In a nutshell, your property manager will take the headache out of owning an investment.
As for Oak House, we take pride in wearing all these hats. Our mission is to secure tenants that will maintain the value and condition of your property. We incentivize our tenants to pay rent on time with monthly giveaways and treat them as more than just “end-users”. We continually strive to improve our processes and our business so we can provide the highest level of service to our owner clients and our tenants.