Four Ways Property Management Saves You Money

Four Ways Property Management Saves You Money

Owning one or more rental properties can be an excellent investment and income stream, especially in Tampa’s super-hot rental market. The idea of steady monthly payments, expansion of your real estate portfolio, and building equity sounds great - but what happens when you fail to anticipate marketing costs, miss something on a tenant screening resulting in lost rent, or have an emergency rental property issue while traveling? Suddenly, landlord life gets expensive and is far less appealing. Luckily, property management exists to prevent and solve many of the financial issues landlords face. These services aren’t just for large companies with dozens of rentals - most of our property management customers are landlords with just one or two rental properties - and hiring us actually saves you money. Read on to learn how.

1. Marketing Is Included

When someone buys their first investment property or chooses to rent out their home, they often worry about rent collection, property maintenance, and other issues that arise once a tenant is placed. But what about finding that tenant in the first place? Properly marketing your rental property takes still and includes things like photography, writing a great listing, knowing the local market, setting the right rental price, and more. Failing to market your property effectively can delay placing a tenant and getting your income stream going. At Vintage Real Estate, advertising and marketing your property is included in our pricing so you don’t need to worry about it.

2. Proper Tenant Screening Is Performed

One of the most significant benefits of hiring a property manager is the tenant screening process. While it’s tempting to place the first tenant that comes along and get your rental income rolling as quickly as possible, renting to a well-qualified tenant is more important. When handling your rental yourself, this process can be daunting and full of potential legal and financial issues. 

For example, an inexperienced landlord might ask a seemingly benign question (like “are you married?”) while conducting a tenant interview or make an honest mistake during the background screening process that can result in potentially severe legal and financial consequences. Performing legally-compliant background checks is critical.

The more obvious reason to thoroughly screen your tenants is financial. Did you know that over half a million renters in the state of Florida are currently behind on rent, with over 15% of that group being 3 months or more behind on payments? For a $2000/month rental, that’s $6000 in back rent owed and unlikely to be re-couped - could you afford to lose that as a landlord? A tenant with good credit history, steady job and income, good rental history, and other positive aspects is unlikely to fail to pay rent. An inexperienced or overly-eager landlord might gloss over the screening process to place a tenant and start collecting rent, a potentially huge financial mistake. 

At Vintage Real Estate, our tenant screening process is something we have developed over more than a decade. As a result, we have less than a 1% eviction rate across all our rentals. We are well-informed of all legalities as it relates to tenant screening, and can help you as a landlord avoid pitfalls - both financial and legal. 

3. Rental Property Maintenance Costs are Reduced

Over half of landlords are most interested in property management for the maintenance aspect. Most landlords, particularly first-time landlords, don’t usually have a list of licensed, skilled, insured, affordable, and available contractors up their sleeve. Paying top dollar to various vendors for fixing roofing leaks, making plumbing repairs, landscaping, painting, pool maintenance, and other tasks can quickly eat into your profits as a landlord. At Vintage Real Estate, we not only have our own contracting company to perform these services, but we have a list of fantastic, local, licensed contractors ready to perform any and all maintenance to your property - and we manage the repair job for you! By keeping most of these tasks in-house, our landlords enjoy significantly better pricing on rental property maintenance costs, and their tenants aren’t kept waiting for weeks for a repair to be performed.

4. You Can Deduct Property Management Fees from Your Taxes

Did you know you can deduct the cost of hiring a property manager from your taxes? This benefit isn’t necessarily a savings, but it’s a huge financial plus nonetheless. You’re going to be paying hefty taxes on your rental property income each year - would you rather manage your property yourself (and do all the work that comes with it) while paying the IRS as many taxes as possible, or would you rather hire a property management company to completely handle your rental for you AND get a tax break? The choice is clear.

According to TurboTax, some of the most common tax deductions landlords take include

  • Advertising
  • Cleaning and maintenance
  • Pest control
  • Equipment rentals
  • Repairs
  • Building supplies
  • Yard maintenance

To take advantage of these tax deductions, you’ll need to keep highly detailed financial records (down to the penny), itemized lists, receipts, and more. Organizing all of these documents at tax time is extremely cumbersome, particularly for landlords that own more than one rental property. Wouldn’t it be nice to just pay a flat fee to a property management company, and deduct that single monthly cost instead? When you hire us, the burden of record-keeping for all these small tasks is on us instead of you. We perform all the above tasks for you throughout the year and make your life easier at tax time!

Hiring a property management company has so many advantages - from proper tenant screening and placement to maintenance conveniences to tax benefits. There are no downsides to turning over the bulk of the work in managing your property to us - it’s a no-brainer. We pride ourselves on providing both landlords and tenants with an excellent experience and are certain you will find your investment in our services to be worth it. Contact us today, or get your free rental analysis right here on our website.


Dave Sigler, MPM RMPC

Owner/Broker Vintage Real Estate Services

David Sigler is a Florida native who grew up in Fort Lauderdale Florida. He attended the University of Central Florida where he received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. David has since become a licensed General Contractor & Real Estate Broker. He has been active in Florida real estate and construction for over 15 years. During the Great Recession he was forced to refocus his ambitions and landed on property management. Starting with a handful of homes that could not be sold, he grew his portfolio and eventually bought the brokerage. With his experience, knowledge, and resources, his company prides themselves on successful turn-key residential investment solutions. He now manages hundreds of homes covering 5 counties and his construction company provides maintenance services to his management company as well as other local managers. David is an active member of the National Association Residential Property Managers and has served on the Florida State Board for over 6 years in many different roles; most recently as the NARPM Florida Chapter President (2019). Active in the GTR community, he has served on the property management subcommittee for over 4 years and recently as chair of the group. He is also active in local and state legislation that affects the property management industry. His unique understanding and perspective of property management and its associated maintenance has provided him with numerous public speaking opportunities. Outside of work, not only is he an avid outdoors man and a board member for several local Non-Profit organizations, but first and foremost a Father and Husband.

Director of Property Management Committee for Greater Tampa Realtors Association
2019 NARPM State President