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Frequently Asked Questions – Residential

Management of Residential, 1-4 units

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Q: Where does SBPM Manage property:

A: Santa Barbara Property Management manages properties in Santa Barbara County. Specifically in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Summerland, Carpinteria, Goleta, and surrounding areas.

Q: What determines the rent for my property?

A: Ultimately the rental market. We will make a rent recommendation to you based on our market analysis of your property and the current market conditions. You will determine the final rent prior to advertising the property.

Q: Who pays for the marketing of my property?

A: We pay for all signage and labor costs related to marketing your property for rent. We will also place your property on our website and our rental listing hot sheet as part of our service. If the owner wants additional advertising the owner pays for the cost of advertising the available property on the Internet or in local periodicals.

Q: If I want to do additional advertising to help my property rent quickly, what are my options?

A: We believe the best option for advertising available properties is our Internet Marketing Program.

  • We are able to list your property on over 25 of the most used rental related websites for a fee.
  • Your property will have its own dedicated website and internet ads which are far more comprehensive than newspaper advertisements.
  • These websites drive unlimited leads which we will track for you.
  • Local and out of state renters are able to search for a rental prior to their moves.
  • More inquiries means a higher likelyhood of great tenants

We can also place newspaper advertisements, but experience has shown that internet marketing is faster and more effective when done as professionally as we do.

Q: What is typically involved in preparing a property to be rented?

A: Generally, you should expect to make the property move-in ready for a tenant, a process we can help you with. Your property will rent quicker and demand a higher rental value if it is well cleaned and in good condition.

Q: How are tenants selected?

A: Our background check is thorough and comprehensive to ensure we select quality tenants. We carefully screen each prospective tenant application and verify rental history, employment, and obtain a report which includes credit, evictions and criminal history.

Q: Who pays for maintenance and repairs to my property?

A: The costs of routine maintenance and repairs are paid by the owner, unless it is clear the tenant is responsible or negligent and assumes responsibility.

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