We can manage it for you

Being a landlord is considered by many a surefire way to bring in extra readies, but managing property itself is a big responsibility requiring a lot of both money and energy. The complexities and intricacies of letting can be challenging and not many people know what support is at their disposal to help them along the way.

An experienced property manager can help save landlords a significant amount of time and money and make owning a rental property more rewarding. Minimum vacancy, maximum rental returns and good tenants who help look after your property form the basis for a successful investment. Habitat knows this from managing over 150 properties for our clients; we have a skilled professional team to make sure your asset is managed properly at all times while maximizing its value.

A property manager is responsible for
  • Dealing with the tenant’s day-to-day demands
  • Advertising your property for rent
  • Finding and screening tenants
  • Managing the on-going reporting process
  • Managing the leasing and tenancy agreement process
  • Managing budgets and financial records
  • Managing the rent, including setting, adjusting and collecting
  • Signing of the tenancy agreement and collection of the security deposit
  • Handling emergencies, complaints, evictions and other difficult issues
  • Handling repairs and other renovation works efficiently
  • Knowing specific local landlord-tenant laws
  • Keeping an eye on the tenant and ensuring they are well looked after
  • Preparation of the property for tenant handover
  • Handover and hand-back of premises and release of security deposit
Why do people use property managers?
  • Less tenant turnover and minimum vacancy, maximizing annual rental
  • Free up your time from managing day-to-day requests and complaints
  • Ensure you comply with any tenancy laws
  • Quality management attracts better tenants and keeps them longer
  • Regular communication and updates on your property
  • Fewer problematic tenants due to tenant selection
  • Improve cash flow through regular rent collection with systems that enforce penalties in place
  • Manage outgoings through timely invoice payment procedures
  • Manage repairs and renovations works to maintain the property’s condition and maximize asset value
  • Ensure any repairs or maintenance are carried out quickly and cost effectively
  • Accurate itemized monthly statements
  • Maximize rental returns by ensuring you are achieving the correct market rental
  • A good property manager can advise what will make your property more appealing to maximize the rent achievable
  • Property management fees are tax deductible if the property is owned in a company structure
How property management adds value to your investment?

As a property investor, you’ll know that finding the right property, in the right location with the right potential is only half the battle to achieving your investment goals.  The next piece of the puzzle is ensuring your property reaches and retains high quality tenants, at the maximum rental and is vacant as little as possible. These are the areas where property managers can be of great use:

  1. The right market rent

Our property managers are tuned in to the local market and aware of what other similar properties nearby are renting for.  This knowledge enables Habitat to achieve the maximum rental for your property.

Priced too low and you are not maximizing your rental yield; priced too high and it may result in unwanted vacancy between tenancies, hence a poor rental return.  We are well-positioned to advise our clients on what to do to achieve the highest rental, e.g. what small tweaks or renovation work are required to obtain the best possible results.

The Hong Kong market is dynamic and can move quickly.  Our ability to advertise properties promptly through our website and strong social media platforms means yours is more likely to be leased quickly at the maximum possible price.

  1. Addressing maintenance issues

A lot of tenants come to us specifically looking to be in properties we manage as they feel happier and more secure to be in a professionally managed property.  Many landlords who attempt to manage properties by themselves run into troubles when they fail to fix a difficult issue within the apartment promptly.  Tenants often leave properties where problems are not dealt with in a timely and professional manner – we see this happen all the time, not to mention the frustration experienced by both parties in the process.  We can find out quickly what needs to be fixed and identify the root causes that are sometimes the responsibility (ie cost) of the tenant. 

Our bilingual property managers have an extensive network of maintenance contractors and specialists, who can be mobilized promptly and economically into action to fix any maintenance issues.

Tenants are able to reach us anytime via our 24-hour hotline in case of emergency.

  1. Reach the greatest number of potential tenants

When you are looking to rent your property out, knowing how to reach and appeal to the maximum number of relevant renters is crucial to finding the best tenant for your property. 

Habitat stays on top of the local market – we know how best to position and promote a property to drive maximum interest.  Habitat-managed properties are given priority on our website and across all our social media platforms, where we have the largest following of any Hong Kong estate agency.  As the market leader in Hong Kong, our agency team will help ensure your property is leased at the highest and best price to a good tenant.

  1. Finding the best tenant

A good tenant who will treat your property with respect can mean the difference between a high and low-performing investment. Being able to collect rent on time will help you better manage your cash flow, which is your priority. If you maintain a positive relationship with your tenant, they are often more likely to renew the tenancy, therefore reducing your turnaround costs and the potential of no rental income over the changeover period. Habitat’s reach and reputation will connect your property with the most eligible, quality renters in the market.

  1. Accurate financial records

Keeping accurate accounting records is important to an investor so that any property related expenses can be claimed correctly come tax time.

Habitat makes things easy and provides you with a fully itemized statement each month, along with a comprehensive rental statement at the conclusion of each financial year for you to simply pass on to your accountant.

  1. Collecting rental

Sometimes it can be difficult to collect money owed.  If you are a landlord with an investment loan, not being paid on time each month can directly impact your loan repayments and the viability of the investment.

Habitat can be trusted to collect your rent on time.  We have robust rental arrears procedures that are implemented should a tenant fall behind.  Having an independent property manager oversee this will take away the stress and save you plenty of time.

  1. Landlord-tenant laws

Habitat verifies the tenancy agreement signed by the tenant protects the landlord and complies with local legislation. We ensure the payment of stamp duty and the lease registration (CR109) are duly complied with in the required time frame.

There is so much more to being a landlord than the transactional aspects that can be daunting and demanding, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Your time and energy should be placed more meaningfully and efficiently at endeavours that truly matter to you. Leave the stresses of property management to trusted professionals who are well-trained to take care of it all for you so that you can sit back and reap the fruits of your property investment. Habitat’s experienced team is poised to become your partner and help you maximize the payoff of your asset.

“Habitat has done a great job managing our property over the last decade and particularly through COVID.

Angie and her team are very responsive & have kept our property fully leased throughout this period. I highly recommend them”.

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