The IRS requires that you report to them (with a copy to your owner) at the end of every year, regarding how much rent you collected from the tenant on their behalf. Your report is due to the IRS before January 31st and the penalties against YOU for failure to report are substantial. This is the document the owner signs acknowledging this report and your requirement to send it to the IRS. Make sure they sign it or you will have a very unhappy owner when you do your reporting.
“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.
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The Property Management Lifecycle by Crown Investor Institute LLC