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You will find some great Santa Cruz Property Management information and education from Portola Property Management in Santa Cruz, California. To contact Portola, please visit our website or Contact Kathleen Richards!

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 do an eviction without going to court. The answer to that question is no. An eviction always requires legal action. Notice to Vacate The confusion […]

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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. Vendors and Insurance First, make sure you always use licensed and insured vendors for any kind of maintenance or work that’s being done on your […]

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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 ask for copies of their documentation annually. People often ask us why this is important. We usually get new clients who have been using the […]

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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 governor in the State of California has mandated that the entire state must begin rationing water. So today we’re talking about what you can do […]

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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 years in this business. I have shared a lot of information in our blogs and videos over the last two years. Today, I’m going to […]

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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 tight in the Santa Cruz area. Most properties are renting quickly. However, there’s a way to ensure you get a high quality, long term tenant […]

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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 often look at them before purchasing goods and services. You can find reviews on sites such as Google, Yahoo and Yelp. What happens when you […]

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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? Property management companies will generally manage properties on a full time basis on behalf of the property owner. Sometimes, owners want to manage those properties themselves. There are some property management companies (not […]

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How to Make Sure my Santa Cruz Tenant Isn’t Renting Out My House on Airbnb

Santa Cruz is a vacation destination with a lot of visitors, and what’s hip and trendy right now in the travel business is Airbnb, where people rent out their homes as an alternative to hotels. Many property owners have concerns that their tenants might be renting out their property in Airbnb and sites like it. […]

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How Much Should I Raise My Rent in 2015? Santa Cruz Property Management Education

Today I thought I’d talk about a hot topic: the tight rental market and the fact that rents are really skyrocketing. As a property owner, you may be wondering how much you should raise the rent. My advice to owners first is to look at the market you are in. Our area in Santa Cruz […]

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