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What a Property Manager Needs to Know Before Renting to Friends & Family

A guest post by Jason Hetherington, Property Pursuit, Brisbane, Austrailia Have you ever heard the saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”? When a close friend or family member holds a certain position of power, those who know this person tend to feel that they now have an “inside connection.” In the case of a property manager, their friends and/or family will often come to them the next time they are looking for a place to live. Although this may seem like a great idea at first, it may be worthwhile to think about some of the reasons why it might not be such a good idea to rent to friends and family. Rental Property Management Guidelines Property managers are required to follow certain guidelines when renting to a new tenant. These guidelines are made to ensure that the prospective tenants are able to meet the criteria the rental property management has put into place in order to determine if they qualify (can afford) to live there. When it comes to friends and family, these guidelines are often relaxed because the manager knows them and therefore feels that they are going to be a good tenant. This means that even though they may not actually qualify to move in, they are able to because of who they know. Friends and family also may expect you as a property manager to give them special treatment, which you cannot do as a professional property manager, as this would be unfair......
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