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Hidden Property Management Fees To Watch Out For

Stephen Ceausu

3 min read

Jan 13



Navigating property management can be a complex and often puzzling task, especially when hidden fees are lurking in your contract. As a landlord, you might find yourself paying for things like leasing fees or move-in/move-out expenses without even realizing it. These additional costs can be both confusing and expensive, eating into the income you earn from your property.

Understanding Hidden Fees

Hidden fees are those sneaky extra charges that aren't immediately obvious when you sign up with a property management company. They can significantly impact your rental income and overall investment returns. In an industry rife with these concealed costs, being aware of them is your first defense.

Common Hidden Fees in Property Management

The financial landscape of property management is often laden with hidden fees that can catch you off guard. Here’s what you should watch out for:

Leasing Fees: Typically a percentage of the first month’s rent, these fees are for finding new tenants. However, some managers also charge this for lease renewals, despite less effort required.

For instance, a ½ month’s rent fee on a $3,500 property adds a substantial amount to your yearly management costs, significantly increasing your expenses.

Move-In/Move-Out Fees: These should cover tasks like drafting new leases and preparing the property for new tenants. But beware of excessive charges for these routine activities.

Inspection Fees: Essential for maintaining your property, but some companies charge extra for this standard practice. Understand their inspection schedule and costs upfront.

Account Set-Up Fees: Beginning a new partnership with a property management company shouldn’t be expensive. Watch out for initial setup fees that add to your costs.

Maintenance Up-Charge Fees: Be cautious of surcharges on maintenance work, which increase your expenses and potentially incentivize costlier repairs.

Renewal Fees: Renewing a lease is part of a property manager’s job, yet some companies charge extra for this, penalizing you for tenant loyalty.

Eviction Fees: Necessary but unfortunate, evictions can come with excessive additional charges from some property managers.

Vacancy Fees: Paying management fees during property vacancies seems illogical, yet some contracts include such clauses.

Technology Fees: While management software is beneficial, some companies pass on the cost to you, the property owner, which can feel like an unfair expense.

Early Termination Fees: If you decide to change property managers, be aware of potential costly early termination fees.

Being aware of these hidden fees is crucial to maintain the profitability of your investment. Always review property management agreements thoroughly and stay vigilant about potential financial traps. This knowledge will help you keep your property management costs transparent and manageable.

Our Commitment to Transparency at Axe Property Management, Inc.

At Axe Property Management, Inc., we take immense pride in our clear and straightforward approach to pricing. We firmly believe in total transparency, ensuring that our clients are fully informed and comfortable with the financial aspects of our property management services.

No Hidden Fees, Just Honest Value

Distinguishing ourselves from many in the industry, Axe Property Management, Inc. stands by a commitment to honesty and clarity in our pricing structure. Our service options, offered at 7% and 10%, are comprehensive and free of any hidden charges. The price we quote is the final price you pay, enabling effective budget management and financial peace of mind.

We understand that hidden fees can be a major point of concern and frustration for property owners. By eliminating these, Axe Property Management, Inc. not only simplifies your financial responsibilities but also upholds our values of fairness and ethical business practices.

Opt for Clarity and Integrity with Axe Property Management, Inc.

Choosing Axe Property Management, Inc. means more than just hiring a property management company; it's about partnering with a team that prioritizes integrity and transparency above all. Our clear and straightforward pricing ensures that you can rest easy, knowing your investment is managed effectively without the worry of unforeseen costs.

In a field often muddled by complex and opaque fee structures, Axe Property Management, Inc. sets itself apart. Our 7% and 10% management plans are designed to offer all-encompassing management solutions without the stress of hidden fees. This approach is a testament to our dedication to your satisfaction and financial health, ensuring that your experience with us is as rewarding as it is transparent.

Axe Property Management, Inc.

DRE: 02099019

(714) 844-5620

Stephen Ceausu

3 min read

Jan 13



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