Common Mistakes & Illegal Landlord Actions to be Aware of in Burlingame

A number of landlord mistakes are commonly made, and they end up costing money. Illegal landlord actions will lead to a landlord lawsuit and tenant complaints. Today, we’re talking about some of the most common mistakes we see, and how to avoid them. Read more

Important Things to Remember When Dealing with a Vacancy in Burlingame

For every week your property is vacant, you’re losing two percent of your annual income. That number adds up pretty quickly and affects your profitability. It’s a good reason to keep your vacancy rate to a minimum. While you don’t want to have a vacancy at all, you also don’t want to offer your property to the first person who comes in off the street. While it can result in getting your property rented quickly, you want to make sure the tenants you place are qualified. This is a balancing act, and it’s where our role as a property management company helps. We can look out for your greater good and slow the process down to ensure you’re getting a good tenant who you won’t have to evict three months down the road. Read more

How to Switch Property Management Companies in Burlingame CA

Firing a property manager is a sensitive topic. We’re talking about how to switch property management companies, and what some of the signs are that you need to consider leaving your current manager. It’s difficult, and similar to breaking up with someone. When you get to this point, it can be hard to acknowledge the problems. There are four major reasons to make a change that shouldn’t be ignored. Read more

Eviction Process Explained by a Burlingame Property Manager

In San Mateo County in December of 2017, the eviction process includes some protection controls for tenants. However, the eviction law is subject to change, and we’re always following the new developments. In San Francisco, to the north of us, there are stronger eviction protection controls in place and to the south in Mountain View, there are also some eviction controls. It’s actively being worked on by several organizations around the area. As it stands right now, we have a process in place for evicting a tenant that follows a few important steps.  Read more

Burlingame Property Management Fees: What Are the Most Common?

The cost of property management depends on the fees that a company charges, and today we’re sharing some of the more common property management costs that you can expect. This should help you shop around for management services or audit your current company. Read more

How Much Rent Should I Charge in Burlingame? Property Management Tips

How much rent should I charge? It’s a question we hear a lot, and today we’re talking about how to set rental prices effectively. Read more

How to Deal with Property Maintenance – Burlingame Property Management

Property maintenance is a topic that’s very important, and no one really wants to discuss because it involves spending your money. Rental property maintenance costs are no fun, but they’re absolutely necessary. The analogy we use is a rental car. Everyone has rented a car for business or vacation, and the question I ask is: when is the last time you checked the oil on a rental car or looked at the air pressure of the tires or did any kind of maintenance on the car? The answer is always never. No one does that because it’s a rental car. Think about your property that way with tenants. It won’t matter how qualified and nice the tenant is. It’s not their property, and they won’t maintain it the way you would as an owner. Read more

How to Choose the Best Property Management Company in Burlingame

When you’re choosing a property management company, we always like to advise potential clients to shop around. We prefer that you’ve talked to other companies before you call us. It takes time to get educated on the process, so if you’ve spoken to other companies before calling us, you have a good sense of how people operate. Read more

Tenant Screening Tips to Avoid Bad Renters – Property Management Burlingame

We have some tenant screening tips that we’re sharing so property owners can avoid bad renters. At Five Star, we don’t have to deal with bad tenants very often because we have written standards in place and procedures that tell us what to look for and what to avoid. Read more

Reasons to Work with Five Star Property Management in Burlingame, CA

Five Star Property Management is located in Burlingame, California. We are putting together a series of educational blogs that can help rental property owners like you, and today we’re sharing the first one, which covers some of the reasons you might want to work with us. Read more