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Mission Beach Property Managers : Avoiding Excessive Fees
As any resident of a rental property knows too well, rents are going up. On top of rising rents, residents need to be concerned with utilities as well. Mission Beach property managers are seeing more and more tenants fight back against some of the more outrageous fees unscrupulous landlords are charging. If you talk to your La Mesa property manager, you will find out that most of these fees can be negotiated down or even removed from your bill. Here are some of the more outrageous fees Mission Beach property managers have been hearing about lately, and how you can fight back.
- Enormous late fees. Sometimes, the late fees imposed by landlords can seem really painful. Residents need to keep in mind that a late fee is not a tool used to keep a resident in perpetual debt. Any Mission Beach property manager can tell you that a late fee should be designed to compensate a landlord or property manager for the hassle of having to process a late rent check. Watch out for landlords who charge late fees by the day as well. If you are the victim of unscrupulous or excessive late fees, pay what you think is reasonable and leave the rest up to your landlord.
- Repair fees. The best part about working with a La Mesa property management company is that you will never have to worry about repairs. Some unscrupulous landlords will try to gouge repair fees out of unsuspecting tenants. Not only is this unethical, it's illegal as well. Your La Mesa property manager will tell you, if you break something in the apartment, you will generally have to pay for it. Otherwise, all repair costs should be covered by the landlord.
- A "nonrefundable deposit". A deposit by definition is a sum of money that will be returned once certain conditions are met. Usually, this means that after your lease is up and there is nothing more than normal wear and tear done to your rental unit, you will get your security deposit back. However, some La Mesa Property Management companies have been hearing of landlords asking for 'non refundable' deposits for cleaning and redecorating. In such a case, a Mission Beach property manager would most likely advise a landlord that such costs are covered by the security deposit.
- Visitor's fee. As your La Mesa property management company will gladly inform you, what you do in the privacy of your own home is none of your landlord's business. This means that if you wish to have guests stay over for a reasonable length of time, there is nothing your landlord can do.Â Landlords who work with La Mesa Property Management companies typically limit the maximum occupancy of a unit to protect themselves against damages, however.
If you are billed for questionable fees by your landlord, make sure you talk the issue over. Most landlords are willing to work with tenants. However, the best way to protect yourself from dealing with excessive fees in the first place is to work with a qualified property manager at Income Property Advisors.