Often you will have a client with an ever growing list of properties to manage like builders, banks, large investors and REIT’s. We use to execute a new management agreement with each new property. That process was laborious, generated way too much paper and was certainly time consuming. Our attorney drafted a simple document that allows us to ‘add a new property to an existing management agreement’ and avoid all the duplication. This simplifies the process and saves you from over-documenting each transaction. Owners love it as it saves them from having to go through a completely new set of documents each time they give you a new property. You still need separate housekeeping documents, like lead paint and a features page, but you save time by just adding new properties to an existing document. I recommend just copying the original management agreement to the new file and attaching this addendum. You may want to add a special stipulation to the original management agreement that anticipates future additions like “this agreement will be sufficient for future properties to be added by the owner by the execution of a separate addendum.”
“The longer you’re in property management the more you realize that it’s sticky, often hostile, sometimes even litigious. Over 35 years I’ve been burned many times by owners, tenants, vendors, staff and third parties and after the second or third time (I’m a slow learner) I would go back to the attorney and have her draft a document that prevents it from ever happening again. Blaming property managers has reached an all-time high and isn’t going away anytime soon. So, understanding this reality, smart managers need to spend extra time, money and effort building/crafting documents designed to protect themselves, even from the folks they are trying to serve. We’ve pulled these documents from our archives and have listed them here for your review and downloading individually (or in packages by topic). We’ve laid this material out in the Property Management Life Cycle categories for purposes of giving the discussion some order.
Protecting yourself from Owners is what these documents are all about.
The Property Management Lifecycle by Crown Investor Institute LLC