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Benicia, CA 94510
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If An Emergency Occurs: Please be patient and avoid tying up critical phone lines and our time.
Our first priority during any emergency is to handle the situation, taking
any necessary measures for the safety of your property and your tenants.
Then, we will contact you as soon as we are able.
Reminder! Year End Appreciation is coming! Every year as we get to the end of the year, we have our Tenant Appreciation gift card. It is a $25.00 gift card to Safeway grocery store. Your tenants not just pay rent but are entrusted with the care and upkeep of your property. This small appreciation comes to $2.08 per month, which we can do monthly or just $25.00 at one time. It doesn't matter the amount of rent paid by the tenant, the goodwill goes much further. Your account will have $25.00 deducted from the November rent proceeds to cover this gift. Estey provides the cards, stamps and man power to get this done. If you do not wish to participate, please let Tiffany know, Tiffany@EsteyRealEstate.com.
Yes, year-end is coming quickly. If you have any repairs or upgrades you would like to your property in 2014, let us know so that we can get bids and complete before the end of the 2014 tax year.
Why is the tenant giving notice now! This may be your first reaction if you receive a notice to vacate from a tenant with a holiday season approaching. The first thought is that no one will rent a property in November, much less December - the holiday month. There is the prevailing belief that the property cannot possibly rent until the first of the year or possibly even longer.
While it is true that it can be slower during the months of November and December and the property may be vacant until January, it is also a fact that properties rent every month, including the month of December. There are many reasons that the property can rent, even on the twenty-fourth of December!
People receive job transfers, receive a notice from their landlord because the owner is going to sell or the property is in foreclosure, they need a larger home because they are having another child, their lease is up, they want to move to another neighborhood, or they prefer another school district. The many reasons why tenants move is the same list of reasons to move we encounter through the entire year.
People rent properties as dictated by their circumstances or needs and that means it does not necessarily fall on the first of the month or avoid the holiday season. This has been one of the biggest misconceptions about rentals since the beginning of time. When their job transfer comes through, it can be any date. The same follows through for all the different reasons that motivate a tenant to give notice. There are people who plan a nice tidy transition on the first of the month or in the summer, but if you take a poll from property managers around the country, you will find that properties rent all through the month and for many different reasons. There are just not the same numbers of people who move during the holidays as the rest of the year, so it requires a different perspective.
Take the positive approach
Thinking negatively does not help the situation - you need a positive approach for any pending notice to vacate, but especially during the holiday season. Take the time to look at the property objectively to reduce your losses and rent the property as quickly as possible.
What incentives can you offer during the holidays to entice applicants to choose your property? Perhaps you can offer a gift certificate at a local market or shopping center for holiday expenditures.
What maintenance will improve the property while on the rental market? Perhaps a yard cleanup will negate the effects of the winter season. A fresh coat of paint can do wonders and may be less expensive than during the summer months.
What tax benefit will you gain for the current year? If there is any loss of income or maintenance expense, think of it as an additional tax advantage.
Will this improve the tenancy? There are times when a notice can lead to better tenants.
If you do receive a notice to vacate during the holiday season, do not despair. Our company will work as diligently as we do during any other month of the year to rent the property as quickly as possible.
Unless there are extenuating circumstances, we will immediately put the property on the market for rent.
We will employ all available marketing means to rent your property.
We will use any incentives authorized by you to rent the property.
If we do encounter any difficulties with renting the property, we will keep you advised.
We will always seek qualified tenants even though we are trying to eliminate or reduce any vacancy period.
While we recognize that the holiday season can present challenges, as professional Property Managers, we work to overcome them and we believe in taking the positive approach.