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Utopia Management® is a full-service property management company serving the community since 1994. By choosing Utopia Management® you will be working with a qualified and professional property management team at one of the lowest rates in town. Our comprehensive property management service is delivered by a professional  staff that will allow you the freedom you are looking for when hiring a property management company. Our clients feel confident that their properties and tenants are getting the care that is needed.

Our goal at Utopia® is to create and maintain the financial success of your property while freeing you from the day-to-day management tasks. Utopia is known as the Quality Company®  for the exceptional management we provide. You will find that Utopia® is one of the most advanced management companies and our services are consistently updated to meet the changing demands of the real estate market. With an experienced staff, you can enjoy the benefits of being a property owner without having the headaches that sometimes accompany the management of your investment.

Utopia’s® marketing programs, combined with our dominant position in the rental management marketplace, increases traffic for your rental property. We are able to consistently rent properties, priced at current market rates, to qualified tenants in approximately thirty days. Being one of the largest property management companies, we understand that placing the right tenant is the single most important step in the process. Our experienced management team ensures all rental applicants are thoroughly screened by running industry-specific credit reports, by verifying employment and previous rental history.

The property management industry has changed since we started back in 1994 as a local San Diego based management company.  Today Utopia Management® has become one of the premier management companies in the Western United States.

ATTRACT TENANTS WITH PROPERTY MARKETING


Finding excellent tenants starts with making sure your property is visible and attractive. We install professional signage, create quality listings describing your property thoroughly and take beautiful photographs that showcase your properties highlights. We then list your property on all of the highly trafficked rental websites, including utopiamanagement.com.  Our dominant position in the rental marketplace and years managing rental properties, have allowed us to develop a sizable referral database. This positive reputation for being fair and responsive means many potential renters check with us first to find their rental home. We are able to consistently rent properties priced at current rates to qualified tenants.

  • Advertising on most popular rental websites
  • Quality listings including photos and video
  • Showings 7 days a week by appointment
  • Utopia referral base increases visibility beyond competitionn

Homes & Condos

Utopia represents a large network of single family homes of all sizes and values. Our residential professional management services both attract and keep tenants happy while keeping owners expenses and vacancy rates down.  Our goal is to free you from the day-to-day management tasks, from showing properties to collecting rents. Utopia offers an online portal to tenants and owners giving them easy access to their accounts and information.

Over 25 years experience, you can rest assured your property is in good hands. Our years in the industry mean we’ve seen it all, and developed smart systems to screen tenants, manage expenses, communicate with tenants, and maintain properties efficiently. We understand the laws and legal aspects of rental management so we shield our owners from unnecessary liabilities.

For residential properties, we offer a competitive  8% management fee, which is one of the best in the industry.  Unlike some competitors, we do not add on hidden charges, leasing or set-up fees.

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APARTMENT MANAGEMENT SERVICES

Owning an apartment complex brings a unique set of challenges. Utopia has spent years developing skills and systems to  make your investment as profitable as possible. We manage apartment communities of all sizes, providing quality management services to suit the diverse needs of each apartment community. We provide comprehensive rental management focusing on tenant retention, rent collection, property maintenance and rent ready repairs, rental analysis, marketing and attracting quality tenants as well as lease execution and enforcement. Our responsive managers help tenants feel welcomed and appreciated. Our experience leads to decreased vacancy rates and increased ROI.  Utopia’s expertise and professionalism translates to profitable and worry-free investments for our clients. For an affordable quote and to discuss your needs, contact Utopia today.

Commercial Property Management

When it comes to commercial property investments, Utopia’s property managers are professional and think like entrepreneurs. Investors have trusted Utopia for years for all types of commercial property: medical buildings, industrial and office complexes, mixed use, and retail storefronts.  We offer extremely competitive management fees, customized to the size and complexity of your property and portfolio.

  • Comprehensive Management Services: building maintenance, marketing to target audience, lease administration, inspections, evictions and collections
  • Monthly Financial Accounting Statements
  • Tenant Retention Programs
  • Vendor Management
  • Contract Administration
  • CAM & Operating Expense Reconciliation

Thorough Tenant Screening And Less Than 1% Eviction Rate

Placing the right tenant is the single most important step in rental management. Our applicant screening includes income, rental history, employment, verify identification, contacting prior landlords, and eviction search to evaluate for potential delinquency issues. Our thorough screening process for potential tenants has consistently kept our eviction rate at less than one percent.

Utopia also provides our owners with the optional “Utopia Eviction Protection Program” for further peace of mind.  As a management company, we have many procedures in place to assist in the elimination of potential liabilities.

Financial Reporting

Our accounting department manages all income and expenses attributable to your property with use of your Owner Web Portal. Tenants appreciate the ability to pay rent online, which also decreases delinquency.  All expenses and receipts are tracked online and available to you at any time. A monthly statement includes all financial activity and copies of the bills we paid on your behalf. Your December statement has all of your annual figures for tax purposes. If you ever have questions regarding your statement, you can contact one of our helpful accounting staff members.

  • Our accounting staff makes financial management easy
  • Custom Web Portal
  • Rent and security deposit collection online
  • Online bills and statements available any time

QUALITY MAINTENANCE & REPAIRS

Maintaining your rental property, as well as being available to deal with emergency repairs, can be a source of frustration for landlords. At Utopia, we have a staff of in-house technicians available for most work, under general CA Contractors License (#792427), meaning we can complete work as quickly as possible and pass the savings on to our clients.  When necessary, we also have a network of trusted vendors for specialized work, some of which we have been using for over fifteen years. This relationship translates to purchasing power to help Utopia’s clients get a better than market price.

  • Maintenance & Rent Ready Repairs
  • Technicians on Staff or Preferred Vendors
  • 24 Hour Emergency Maintenance
  • Licensed and Insured Vendors

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a property manager do?

A property manager is responsible for overseeing a rental property and communicating with tenants. This includes collecting rent, maintaining the property and handling repairs, rental marketing and showing, tenant screening, and dealing with disputes or evictions.

What percentage do property managers take?

Property managers usually charge a small percentage of the monthly rent for management services. At Utopia Management, we charge a competitive 8% fee for residential properties.

Why do people use property managers?

Hiring a property manager saves time and money and can make your real estate investment more profitable. Property managers handle rent collection, lease agreements, repairs and maintenance, screening tenants, marketing your properties, and evictions.

Are property management companies worth it?

While they may seem expensive, hiring a property management company is almost always worth it. With effective marketing techniques and discounted rates on contract work, a property manager saves you time and can actually make you more money in the long run.

What is property management software?

Property management software organizes rent collection, tenant communication and records, leases, maintenance requests, and finances to streamline the management process.

How do I evict someone in California?

California law requires that a landlord gives tenants proper notice to move out before filing an eviction. If the tenant does not evacuate voluntarily, the landlord can file an Unlawful Detainer Lawsuit in Superior Court.

How long is the eviction process in California?

Once an eviction has been filed in California, the process can take upwards of 30-45 days, from the time the court receives the eviction to the date the tenant must move out.

How do I advertise my rental property?

The best rental marketing strategy is varied and targeted advertising. Post your listing on top rental sites like Zillow, Redfin, and Realtor.com. Interact with the local community on social media and post regularly to grow your network. Install signage on the property. After using these techniques, consider investing in paid advertising.

What are the different types of rental properties?

The types of rental properties include residential (single-family homes, condos, apartment complexes), commercial buildings (offices, retail stores), and industrial property.

What are the different types of lease agreements?

There are many different types of leases for rental properties.
Gross lease: The tenant agrees on a monthly rent, and the landlord is responsible for all property operating expenses.
Single-net lease: The tenant is responsible for paying property taxes.
Double-net lease: The tenant is responsible for property taxes and insurance.
Triple-net lease: The tenant is responsible for property taxes, insurance, and maintenance costs.

What is the most common lease for residential property?

For residential rental properties, the most common lease agreement is a gross lease, in which the landlord is responsible for all the operating expenses of the property.

What are the rent laws in California?

Most states have laws that prevent landlords from raising the rent excessively year to year. In the state of California, landlords are limited to rent increases of no more than 5% each year plus inflation.

Do I need to return the security deposit in California?

California law requires that a landlord return the security deposit to the tenant with an itemized deduction statement within 21 days after the property has been surrendered.

How much can I raise the rent in Oregon?

Most states have laws that prevent landlords from raising the rent excessively year to year. In the state of Oregon, landlords can increase rent by 7% plus inflation each year.

How do I screen potential tenants?

When screening prospects for your rental, verify their identity and proof of employment. Check their credit score and history, past evictions, and conduct a background check.

Can a landlord charge a pet deposit and pet rent in California?

Landlords can charge a refundable pet deposit and additional pet rent in the state of California. The amount of the deposit and monthly charge is limited by factors like breed, size, and location.

What is a standard pet deposit in California?

The combined total of any deposit collected by a landlord in California, whether labeled as a security or pet deposit, cannot exceed two months' rent. The typical pet deposit depends on the size and breed of the animal and the property.

What are the security deposit laws in Washington?

Washington law prohibits landlords from charging more than one month's rent for the security deposit and any nonrefundable fees. Tenants are also allotted up to a 6 month payment plan for the deposit, fees, and last month's rent.

For what reasons can a landlord keep a deposit?

Landlords can withhold a tenant's security deposit for property damages, nonpayment of rent, a break of the lease, and move-out cleaning fees.

Do property managers handle evictions?

A property management company will handle filing evictions on your behalf. Most states give property managers the authority to deliver eviction notices for the property owner.

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