Frequently Asked Questions

Owner Frequently Aked Questions 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What type of rental properties do you manage?
  2. What areas do you handle?
  3. What Property Management experience and credentials do you offer?
  4. Why should I hire you as My Property Management Company?
  5. How much will my house rent for?
  6. What will you do to rent my house?
  7. What, specifically, do you do to qualify a tenant after they have applied to rent my house?
  8. Can you Direct Deposit my rental proceeds into my checking account?
  9. How much is your monthly property management fee?
  10. How much is the leasing fee?
  11. Are your property management fees negotiable?
  12. How soon can you start managing my home?

What type of rental properties do you manage?:

We exclusively specialize in single family homes and condos in and around the San Diego area. We do not manage properties that are duplexes, apartments, or commercial.

What areas do you handle?:

Our Property Management service area can be found on our Areas We Serve page under the Owners menu item.

What Property Management experience and credentials do you offer?:

San Diego Professional Property Managers offers you the level of experience and expertise you should seek from any property management company you hire. See the About Us page, if you haven’t already, for a complete introduction to our property management team. We have been serving our San Diego clients since 1976.

Why should I hire you as My Property Management Company?:

You should hire us only if you think we are the best match for your property management needs. We are very selective in the properties that we manage and you should be just as selective in the property manager you hire. Check out our reviews on Google and Yelp. There are some companies that have a lot of reviews that are frankly paid for and false. If you check out Google Reviews for any company you will see truer results.

That is why this FAQ page exists so that you can learn about us and what we stand for. Turning over your rental property to the care of an unknown property manager can be an emotional and frightening experience. Talk to other property managers before hiring one, and ask questions. You should be able to reach an actual person when you call a company and we strive to make that happen. You can call Howard Boehm, the owner of San Diego Professional Property Managers, anytime at 858-627-9322 or Michael Stone, our Senior Property Manager, at 858-627-9321. Our property management agreement states that you can give us 7 days’ notice anytime without any reason to terminate our services. We do this so you have the control if for any reason you ever feel we are not managing your property as professionally as you feel it should be.

How much will my house rent for?:

We are asked this question more than any other by new owner prospects. Homes here in San Diego can vary several hundreds of dollars for the same type of property based on many factors. It is for this reason that to give you an accurate estimate, as to the value of your property, we must see the actual property. Once we see the property we can give you a very accurate estimate as to your properties rental value. Give us a call or Request a Proposal and of course you are never under and obligation till you decide that we are the right company for you.

What will you do to rent my house?:

We give your property maximum exposure while it is for rent and we carefully screen all applicants.

INTERNET LISTINGS – Our available homes for rent are posted online complete with photos, maps and property details for prospective tenants searching for a new home. You can go to our Available Properties page to see the property listings. All our rentals are also showcased on Craigslist San Diego, Zillow, Trulia, Military Housing, Homes.com, Hotpads, Rentalhomespros.com, Hotpads.com, Oodle.com, and Rentalhomesplus.com, just to name a few. From this list there are hundreds of other rental sites that grab the info from the few I have listed.

What, specifically, do you do to qualify a tenant after they have applied to rent my house?:

This is the most important aspect of the successful management of your rental property. We do all our screening in-house. We don’t send the application to a third party for processing as do most other property managers. We have direct access to credit reports, criminal background checks, and tenant and landlords actions against the applicants. In general, we look at an applicant’s past behavior and assume their future behavior will be the same. An applicant must demonstrate a history of being a good, responsible tenant or homeowner as well as very rigid standards. In the 38 years of managing our client’s properties we have had only 3 evictions. You can go to the San Diego County court records and check out our record against the competition.

LANDLORD REFERENCES – We personally talk to past landlords and ask detailed, open ended questions about the applicant’s past performance.

CREDIT REPORTS - Our property manager and leasing agent has a direct connection with the 3 major credit reporting bureaus. We obtain a credit report which tells us the applicant’s current and past performance toward meeting their financial obligations. It also tells us their monthly debt, credit score, and shows their previous addresses (which we compare to addresses listed on the application). An applicant must meet established credit standards.

EMPLOYMENT/INCOME – We will want to see a copy of their current pay stub or proof of funds.

PETS – We don’t generally permit animals/pets into managed properties unless you allow us to do so, however, 20% to 35% of renters have pets. When we make the decision to accept an applicant with pets, we minimize your risk by limiting the breed, age, number and size of the pets. We are careful in selecting tenants who wish to bring pets with them.

OTHER FACTORS – Many of our managed properties are subject to Home Owner Association restrictions such as no boats or trailers, and limits on the type and number of vehicles. An otherwise qualified applicant may be unable to lease a property if, for instance, they own a boat and want to park it in the driveway. We make sure issues like that are covered up front to avoid surprises after move-in.

Can you Direct Deposit my rental proceeds into my checking account?:

We can direct deposit your monthly owner draw into your checking or savings account. If you own the property with others we can split the owner draw based on the percentage of ownership you provide us. As an example if you and your siblings inherited a home and the disbursement was 50% to one of you and 25% each to the other two, we can set it up to disburse the funds as directed.

How much is your monthly property management fee?:

Our property management fee is 10% of the monthly rent. There is never a monthly minimum. If your property is not rented we don’t get paid. We do not markup any repairs or maintenance cost; you are charged exactly what’s on the invoice.

How much is the leasing fee?:

The leasing commission is 25% of the first full month’s rent for new tenants. We absorb all the costs of leasing the property including driving to and showing the property, MLS fees, internet marketing, for rent signs, lockboxes, tenant screening, credit reports and criminal background checks, etc. A renewal fee of 10%, of the new monthly rental amount, is charged for retaining current residents and executing a lease renewal.

Are your property management fees negotiable?:

No. We don’t try to compete against lower priced property management companies or Realtors who practice property management as a side business. Frankly, we know you can find a cheaper property management company in San Diego. We just don’t think price should be the determining factor in deciding which property manager you hire to manage your home.

The ultimate cost of using a property manager is determined by many things other than the fee charged. The efficiency and manner in which maintenance and tenant relationship problems are handled, and the attention to detail during the leasing process are two of many areas in which we excel. We feel that our set of services, our systems, and the experience and expertise we offer are a good value at the fee structure we have established.

How soon can you start managing my home?:

We can start the process immediately. Just click on the Request a Proposal link and the proposal will be emailed back to you in 24 hours or sooner. Once you review the proposal and call us that you are ready we can have your property ready to market in 24 to 48 hours. We need to take pictures for the ads and input everything about the property. For immediate service call Howard Boehm at 858-627-9322 Office, or 619-784-8438 mobile.