Serving All of Oakland
Oakland is the largest city in Alameda County, and spans a number of California zip codes. This Bay-area city has a vibrant energy and plenty of amenities, such as an excellent public transit system and incredible shopping and dining. Residents refer to areas of Oakland as either the hills or the flatlands, with the more upscale properties found at the higher elevations. There’s no shortage of things to do in Oakland; area attractions include the Oakland Zoo and Fox Oakland Theatre, a live music venue. Residents also have lots of places at which to enjoy the great outdoors, such as Lake Merritt and Redwood Regional Park.
Utopia Management has 20-plus years of experience managing rental properties in California. We offer a wide range of services to suit your needs as a property investor, including:
Property marketing services: Our marketing experts know what it takes to find numerous eager renters for your vacant property. Often, we can fill a vacant rental property within 30 days.
Screening services: We’ll make sure your renter is the right one with our in-depth screening process. We conduct a criminal background check, along with a number of financial verifications.
Consulting and management: We provide advisory services and so much more. We’re always here to answer your questions and give advice, and we can take care of your rental management jobs, too.
Maintenance and repairs: It is important to keep your Oakland rental property in great shape. Let our team of licensed general contractors take care of your property maintenance needs at an affordable price.
Financial recordkeeping: With our monthly accounting statements, you’ll never have to wonder how your property is doing. Your statements will clearly show you the income and expenses for your investment.
Reach out to Utopia today to discuss your Oakland property goals. We look forward to consulting with you.
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 marketing place and years managing rental properties has 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. Our responsive property managers complete the marketing optimization by being available and knowledgeable, with phones and emails always answered swiftly.
- 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 competition
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, including scheduled property maintenance and rent-ready repairs, online rent collection, marketing and attracting quality tenants, lease execution, rent setting, and tenant retention programs. Our responsive managers help tenants feel welcomed and appreciated. Our experience leads to decreased vacancy rates and increased ROI. And our expertise and professionalism translates to profitable and headache-free investments for our clients. For an affordable quote and to discuss your needs, contact Utopia today.
- Online rent collection and direct deposit
- Extensive experience across a wide spectrum of multi-family properties
- High visibility marketing and promotion of your property
- Tenant retention strategies
- Responsive communication with calls and emails answered swiftly
- 24-7 emergency response
- Full monthly accounting and financial tracking via online portal
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
- REO Management and Disposition
- CAM & Operating Expense Reconciliation
- Customized Asset Management Strategies
HOMES & CONDOS: RESIDENTIAL RENTAL MANAGEMENT
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 rent in our online portal, while maximizing your ROI.
With 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 local law and legal aspects of rental management so we shield our owners from unnecessary liabilities.
For residential properties, we offer a competitive management fee, which is one of the lowest in the industry. Unlike some competitors, we do not add on hidden charges or leasing or set-up fees.
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, and eviction search to evaluate for potential delinquency issues. We verify identification, social security cards and pay stubs, along with contacting prior landlords for recommendations, keeping the delinquency rate to a minimum. 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.
- Exceptional property protection options for owners.
- Preparation, delivery, and execution of legal documentation for evictions.
- Optional “Utopia Eviction Protection Program” for additional peace of mind.
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 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
- Move-in and Move-out Inspections
- Licensed and Insured Vendors
All Financials Tracked & Reported
Managing both expenses and income is all handled by our accounting department 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.
- Custom Web Portal
- Accounting staff make financial management easy
- Rent and security deposit collection online
- Bills and year end figures available any time
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Oakland located?
Oakland, situated in the eastern region of the San Francisco Bay, is the largest city and county seat of Alameda County, California, United States. It boasts a high point near Grizzly Peak Blvd, east of Berkeley, at an elevation of over 1,760 feet above sea level.
What is the climate like in Oakland?
With 260 sunny days on average each year, Oakland has a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters. This makes Oakland warmer than San Francisco and cooler than San Jose. The northern part of the city can experience cooling maritime fog from San Francisco Bay, but it often burns off by midday, leading to sunny California days. The hills tend to have more fog than the flatlands due to drift from Berkeley.
How is the economy in Oakland?
Nearly 200,000 people work in the maritime freight transport industry at Oakland, a significant port on the West Coast that handles 99% of the containerized products moving through Northern California. Major businesses including Kaiser Permanente, Clorox, and Dreyer's ice cream as well as tech firms like Ask.com and Pandora Radio are based in the city. The caliber of Oakland's pubs, restaurants, music venues, and nightlife has helped the city gain prominence as a tourist destination in recent years.
What are some notable parks in Oakland?
5,937 acres of parks and leisure facilities may be found in Oakland. According to The Trust for Public Land's 2013 ParkScore rating of the 50 largest U.S. cities, the city's park system came in at number 18 overall. Bushrod Park, Joaquin Miller Park, Joseph Knowland State Arboretum and Park (which houses the Oakland Zoo), Lake Merritt, Morcom Rose Garden, Mosswood Park, and Allendale Park are just a few of Oakland's notable parks. The Peralta Rancho-related Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, as well as Mills College's Campus Arboretum and William Joseph McInnes Botanic Garden, are also located in the city. In addition, the city is home to all or part of seven East Bay Regional Parks, including Anthony Chabot Regional Park and Redwood Regional Park. For those who enjoy the outdoors, Oakland is known as an attractive urban location.