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The Property Manager/Client relationship: Is the Property Manager working for you – or against you?

Is your Property Manager working for you – or against you? Property investors may be surprised at the answer...

1st April 2016

The Property Manager/client relationship in New Zealand is often unclear due to the financial inducements most Property Managers receive – i.e. the letting fees that tenants pay to the Property Manager. At Bridgman Property Management, we recently saw another property …

Choosing a Property Manager: Make sure you ask these 4 questions

Here are 4 key skills and questions you need to ask when choosing a Property Manager.

16th March 2016

Choosing a Property Manager is an important decision to make. After all, this person is going to be responsible for one of the biggest assets you own. Yet many property investors don’t look much further than the percentage rate that’s …

What is the job of a Property Manager? Discover the 7 hats of property management

What is the job of a Property Manager? Discover the 7 hats you need to wear for effective property management.

16th February 2016

What is the job of a Property Manager? Well, the job is very varied, and there are numerous capabilities you need to possess – or in other words, hats you need to wear. You don’t need to be an expert …

How to attract an A1 tenant from Day One

Whereas a scruffy property attracts less-than-desirable tenants, a neat property is likely to attract neat tenants.

1st January 2016

The minute you start marketing your property for let, it’s like trying to attract the best applicant on merit. Just like a job application, your property needs to have a ‘first-in, best-dressed’ mentality. That’s because your property is competing against …

How to adopt a pay-as-you-go policy for repairing tenant damage

How to adopt a pay-as-you-go policy for repairing tenant damage.

1st December 2015

Many landlords sweep tenant damage issues under the proverbial rug, as they freeze up at the thought of having to approach tenants for money for damage. If this is your approach to tenant damage, you are sending the tenants a …

Case study: How to turn tenant damage into great service

How to turn tenant damage into great service.

1st November 2015

It’s important to address tenant damage immediately (whether it’s accidental or otherwise): after all, the tenant is going to be far more motivated during the tenancy, when they still want to reside at the property, than at the end, when …

What ground rules should you set for your tenants?

Just like well-implemented school rules help create well-behaved students, rules for tenants help create a better tenancy.

1st October 2015

Ground rules for tenants are important: they let everyone know where they stand, and what their obligations are. Think back to your school days: there were rules in place that dictated how you behaved. These rules might govern things such …

If a Property Manager offers a maintenance service, they actually have to deliver a maintenance service

Here’s what to expect from a Property Manager who offers a rental property maintenance service (this may surprise you).

1st September 2015

Self-managing owners of rental properties can undertake as many (or few) repairs and maintenance as they wish. After all, it’s their decision if they choose to forgo maintenance on their own property. It’s a different scenario if you hire a …

How to get your tenant to say “yes” every time

How to get your tenant to say “yes” every time.

1st August 2015

If you have a good working relationship with your tenant, you’ll find it much easier to negotiate outcomes in your favour. This might sound obvious, but how do you negotiate outcomes in your favour? The landlord/tenant relationship is a partnership …

Contractor & tenant negotiation: ask for what you want!

Contractor & tenant negotiation: ask for what you want!

1st July 2015

Asking for what you want is central to all your communications with tenants and contractors – and life in general. In property management, you need to be very clear about what you want, whether it be defective work a contractor …

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