5 Great Tips for Managing Denver Apartment Buildings

5 Great Tips for Managing Denver Apartment Buildings

1) Clarify Management Agreement Terms (either professional manager or resident manager)

– Leasing Fees – typically 50% of the 1st month’s rent

– Overall Management Fee – ranges between 6%-12% for apartments, but typically around 10%

2) Advertising

– Everyone knows to use Craig’s List, but you can set yourself apart by creating a rental brochure on V-Flyer (http://www.vflyer.com/) or a Postlets (http://www.postlets.com/) to insert into Craig’s List

3) Rental Application Process

– Charge for accepting a rental application! Suggested minimum charge of $30 per adult applicant

– Make sure all areas are completed (include: emergency contact, cars, pets, etc.)

4) Lease (several options for written form/agreement)

– Become a member of Apartment Association of Metro Denver (http://www.aamdhq.org/)
– Have an attorney draft your lease.  My clients use Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher, LLP (http://www.fostergraham.com/) and Tschetter · Hamrick · Sulzer (http://thslawfirm.com/) to name a few

– Include all addendums, lead based paint, etc.

– Specify which utilities tenant pays, who is responsible for lawn care, how pets are handled.

– Make sure all adult occupants sign the lease (it sounds fairly obvious, but it doesn’t always happen)

5) Apartment Tenant Move In/Move Out

– Move-in: checklist is very important

– Move-out: Security Deposit disposition – what does your lease specify – 30 or 60 days?  Maximum timeframe for release of funds is 60 days


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