Phoenix Rental Lease Agreement

Phoenix Rental Lease Agreement
 Phoenix Rental Lease Agreement

One of the most important items a  landlord will have is their Phoenix rental lease agreement.  The more detailed and specific the agreement the better for both the property owner and tenant.  In this blog we will discuss four important components of the lease including occupant names, late fees, legal notice fees & appliances.  The lease agreement should include all property owner names and the full address.  Additionally, it should include all occupant names include minors.  Real Property Management Phoenix Valley suggests listing minors as well as their date of birth.  We also recommend obtaining that information from the lease holder in writing.  This information will be very valuable for when you complete a property inspection.  We suggest taking this information with you to the inspection so you can verify that only the people on the lease are residing in the home.  This will help you to recognize if there are any unauthorized occupants in the property.

Next let’s address late & legal notice fees.  Late fees should be specified as a per day amount versus one lump sum after the due date.  This way the tenant has incentive to pay the rent as close to on time as they can.  The daily late fee amount should be somewhat substantial so that the tenant has incentive to pay on time.  Also, we do encourage a grace period of one to two days but not much longer.  This ties into our next component of legal notice fees.  Spell out in the lease agreement that the tenant is responsible for any legal notice fees.  This way if the tenant doesn’t pay the rent you can charge them back for the cost of serving them with the legal notice of an eviction. The tenant will have between 5-10 additional days to pay rent.  For this reason you do not want the grace period to be longer than two days.

Final for this blog we will address appliances. The lease agreement should list which appliances the home owner is including in the property.  It should also spell out which appliances the landlord will fix and which the tenant is responsible for.  Keep in mind that the landlord will always be responsible for the stove, built in micro and dishwasher.  However very often the tenant is responsible for the fridge, washer & dryer as they tend to be optional appliances.

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Switching Phoenix Property Management Companies

Switching Phoenix property management companies can seem like an overwhelming task.  Additionally, home owners may be concerned that things like security deposits could get lost in the shuffle.  Real property management phoenix valley has created the following check list to assist with a successful change.  The first part of the check list is for before you terminate your current property management contract.  The first thing is to read the terms and termination clause in your current agreement.  This section will let you know how much notice you need to give your current property management company.  Additionally it will let you know if there are any fees association with cancellation.  We recommend starting the cancellation process when you are within 45 days from your current contract ending.  Prior to submitting your cancellation notice make sure you have all executed lease agreements, renewals and addendum.  Next check your records for paid invoices.  Make sure you have copies for new ACs, water heaters and appliances.  Lastly make sure you have your TPT license number and online logins if applicable.  (TPT stands for Transaction Privileged Tax License).  Be sure to terminate your agreement in writing.

The second part of switching Phoenix property management companies are items needed after notice has been given.  These items include all tenant contact information and keys to your property.  Also, ask how they will handle the transferring of the tenant’s security deposit.  Will they send you a check or the new property management company?  Request a copy of the tenant signed move in inspection.  Lastly ask for a copy of the tenant’s ledger.  The tenant ledger will show how much of a deposit the tenant actually paid and whether they have any prepayments of rent on file.  Any prepayments should be sent back to the tenant.

 

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Phoenix Property Management Firm

Phoenix property management firm
Phoenix property management firm

Real Property Management Phoenix Valley is an industry leading  real estate sales firm and Phoenix property management firm.  We offer Phoenix residential sales as well as property management services.  Therefore, our clients are always asking us for what types of properties make the best rentals.  Here are four items to look for in a new rental purchase.

  1. One story home versus a two.  Because of the high heat in the summer Phoenix tenants are very cognoscente of electric bills.  For this reason a tenant will always chose a one story over a two story home.  Additionally, the smaller two story homes only have one air conditioning unit which can lead to the second story feeling very hot in the summer.
  2. A larger home with less bedrooms is preferable to a smaller home with more bedrooms.  For example, most tenants would prefer a 1700 sq ft three bedroom home to a 1700 sq ft four bedroom home.  The reasons are two fold; the three bedroom home will have more living space and each bedroom will be a larger size.
  3. Single family properties are preferable to condos and town homes  A single family home offers a lot more privacy as well as a back yard for kids and pets.  Also, single family homes face less rental competition; its’ only competitor is other single family homes.  In comparison condos and town homes compete amongst themselves and with apartments and single family homes.
  4. Three or four bedrooms is much preferred to a two bedroom even with a den.  Although a den can be used as an office tenants would prefer to have the third full bedroom.  With the third bedroom they have the option to still use as an office or use for a third occupant.

Definitely consult with a Phoenix property management firm if you can prior to purchasing a rental property.  Not only can we provide what to look for but we can also provide a realistic rental range based on tenant occupied rentals in the area.  This range can often be quite different to what a Realtor may state by looking at vacant homes on the market.  View a list of top Phoenix property management firms! 

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