For some, one of the best aspects of hiring a property management firm is that it handles a good deal of the necessary paperwork. A firm can relieve you of finding and screening tenants, checking credit reports, conducting background checks, drawing up lease agreements, and billing and accounting for monthly rent. Also, if you offer subsidized housing,you know that a fair amount of additional paperwork is required to be maintained.
If you only have one or two rental properties with long-term tenants, dealing with paperwork shouldn’t take more than a few hours each month, nor should it occupy more than one drawer of a filing cabinet. However, if you own an entire building with a high turnover rate, that volume and time commitment can add up quickly.
Of course, even with the help of a management firm, you’re still responsible for maintaining a record of documents relating to taxes, insurance, and mortgage bills – not to mention receipts from the property management firm itself. However, the reduction of paperwork can be worth the fees charged.