Often you’ll find yourself in a situation where ‘one of the owners wants you to deal with the other one’ and not be involved in any decisions. Or, you’ll be receiving orders from several owners and you’ll want to ‘reduce the confusion and designate one to do all the talking.’ Managing for two or three owners is often chaotic like kids listening to two parents who don’t agree. A power of attorney is the solution and they are easy to fill out. This is one our attorney crafted years ago just for owners to identify ‘who is doing the talking’ or ‘I’m traveling a lot, take orders from my brother.’ You don’t want to follow those instructions without a document protecting yourself if the designate does something stupid and makes a bad decision for the owner. When in doubt you’ll be blamed for listening to the wrong person and take the hit for the consequences. Get it in writing. Use a POA. They are simple to complete and will cover you when things go wrong.
“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