Avoid Going to Court: A Landlord Story of What NOT to Do in Sacramento Property Management
I thought I was a perfect candidate to do my own Property Management. In Sacramento, CA, with the high demand for housing, I had nothing to lose. In reality, I had everything to lose. Three years ago, I got myself into some serious Sacramento property management legal trouble. How many of my violations can you catch in the following story?
I started the day with the typical cup of coffee, sitting in my home office. I had just noticed an urgent email an important client sent at 5 a.m. when the phone rang.
“The water from the back outdoor faucet is leaking,” my tenant said, I apologized for the inconvenience, then told her I would stop by to take a look at it shortly.” I then returned to my email, and the rest of my day is history. I got sucked into my projects and completely forgot about the call. Three weeks later, my phone rang at 10:30 p.m. just as I was getting ready for bed. I decided to let the phone ring this time. I was too tired to deal with anything.
The next morning I listened to my voicemails. “The basement is flooding!” my panicked tenant said. “We just discovered it in our storage room. Everything is soaked!” I remembered the faucet and slapped my head. It was too late.
On the way over, I thought how I never planned on water issues when I started doing my own property management in Sacramento, CA. To save money, I hired a friend who said he could do restoration, but the damage was double what I would have last night due to the increased damage, so I still lost any hope of any profit that month. He asked for the information of the tenant so he could follow up with her later on the leak and I provided both her e-mail and cell phone number.
How many Sacramento property management violations did you catch?
- Failure to document the first and second call.
- Failure to respond to the first requestion.
- Failure to answer emergency calls 24/7.
- Failure to document the mitigation efforts and response.
- Failure to provide a safe, comfortable living environment.
- Failure to hire licensed and insured contractors.
- Failure to protect privacy and secure information
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