Third Party Relationships (Scope of Services)
This document package includes language for your PMA, a training and support document for your staff and a document for your owners to explain why you can’t take over their previously created third-party relationships. Owners often think (because they just don’t know any better) that you’ll take over third-party relationships they’ve developed before they came to your door including mortgage payments, paying HOA dues, manage utilities, HOA violations, home warranties, property line disputes, insurance claims, code enforcer, property tax disputes and more. If you don’t make it clear up front, you’ll get bullied into managing relationships THEY forged and relationships you weren’t a party to and stepping in and managing them will suck up a lot of your time and energy. This language and support document will solve that challenge for you and make your life much easier.
Scope of Service
Most owners don’t know what property managers do for the fees they charge resulting in tension between owners and managers over unrealistic expectations.
To make this worse, some managers think they are supposed to manage the owner’s utilities, HOA issues, home warranties, insurance issues, tax reporting, property tax issues, property line disputes and basically everything that remotely affects the property. If owners have managers in other parts of the country/world they may come to you expecting you to manage all these things for the monthly fee you quoted them. If you don’t set these expectations and put bookends on the services you offer for the fees you charge, they will bully you into doing things you don’t know how to do, have no experience doing, don’t have the authority to do and are not getting paid for in order to keep your owner happy.
Over the years, managing for about 3,000 owners, we’ve fought these battles and, out of necessity, developed several strategies to push back (put bookends on our services), set expectations and let the owner know what we do for the fees we charge and what will cost more if they want additional services.
Just to be clear, you can choose to do anything the owner asks you to do and you don’t have to charge for it. You just don’t want the owner to EXPECT IT for the monthly fee you’re receiving.