How Routine Home Maintenance Minimizes Repair Costs – Santa Cruz Property Management

It’s important to have a home maintenance program in place for your rentals. I want to share a story with you. When I bought my business in 2005, it was …

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2017 Landlord Guide to Raising Rent in Santa Cruz: Property Management Tips

When I’m teaching classes at the local colleges about how to manage an investment property, I get a lot of questions about raising rent and when to increase rent. There …

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Can You Do a Santa Cruz Eviction Without Going to Court?

Today, we are talking about evictions and clearing up some of the confusion that people often have when it comes to terminology. Someone recently asked if it was possible to …

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3 Ways to Limit Liabilities on Your Santa Cruz Rental Properties – Landlord Education

When you own rental property, protecting yourself against liability is a major priority. Today, we are sharing three specific ways you can do that with your home and your tenants.

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The Scary Truth When Having Santa Cruz Vendors That Aren’t Licensed & Insured

Today we’re talking about vendors and whether you need licensed, insured professionals. At Portola Property Management, all of the vendors and contractors we work with are licensed and insured. We …

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Water Rationing in Santa Cruz County: How to Avoid Fines as a Landlord

One of the most relevant topics today is water rationing. In Santa Cruz County, we have been under a severe water rationing policy for the last two years. Now, our …

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Property Management A-Z Book for Property Managers & Landlords

One of the things I like to do as a professional property manager is to share some of the tips and tricks that I have learned over the last 10 …

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How to Get Your Santa Cruz Property Rented on its First Showing with Tenants in It – Advanced Tips for Landlords

We are talking to you today about how to get your property rented at the very first showing. As you probably know, the current rental and sales markets are very …

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Why Property Management Companies Have Negative Reviews

In this blog, we are addressing the issue of customer reviews. In this age of social media, all kinds of reviews are popping up in various places online, and people …

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Property Management Education: What is a Leasing Fee?

Today we are addressing a question that we hear a lot from property owners, and that is: What is a leasing fee?

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