Serving All of Piedmont
Piedmont is a city located in Alameda County, CA, and spans several zip codes including 94611. It offers an ample array of residential properties and a relaxed suburban atmosphere for its residents. Oakland surrounds this small city, and it has its own park for residents to enjoy. Piedmont is a short drive to some of the area’s most amazing attractions – including Redwood Regional Park, and it’s also not far from downtown Oakland and cultural spots like the Fox Theater and Jack London Square. Piedmont has a lot to offer, from its sunny climate to its tree-lined streets.
Utopia Management has provided industry-leading services to property owners in Piedmont and the surrounding areas since 1994. We want to put our decades of experience to work for you with services such as:
Advertising your rental: Get your property rented quickly with our expert marketing campaigns. We cover all bases by listing your vacancy on top industry websites and attracting attention through signage and open house events.
Screening services: All renters are screened for suitability before being offered a rental agreement. We check credit, rental history, income, and employment, and we also run a criminal background check to ensure trustworthiness.
Consultations and management: Whether you’re a new property owner or have years of experience, our consultations can help you expand your knowledge of the industry. And with our property management services, you’ll save time and money.
Repairs and maintenance: Dispatch our team of licensed general contractors day or night, right from your Utopia web portal account. Our repair pros can also handle the routine maintenance for your rental property with ease.
Financial reports: Each month, our accountants will prepare a detailed statement that shows you how much your property earned and how much in expenses it incurred. Your reports are accessible day or night right from your convenient online interface.
Utopia is eager to serve your needs as a Piedmont property owner. Contact us today to speak with one of our friendly, experienced management professionals.
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 Piedmont located?
Piedmont, a small city in Alameda County, California, is uniquely situated completely within the boundaries of the city of Oakland. It is located near the Hayward Fault in the East Bay region, bordered by Oakland's Piedmont Ave commercial district to the northwest, the Grand Lake District to the southwest, the Montclair District to the northeast, and the Crocker Highlands and Glenview Districts to the south.
What are the housing options in Piedmont?
Piedmont is almost entirely zoned for residential single-family homes. In comparison to statistically comparable communities, Piedmont has little trade and relies mainly on property taxes and other levies for public funding of services. Additionally, there aren't many multi-family or second (in-law) residences in the city. In the city's commercial district on Highland Avenue and close to Piedmont's western boundary with Oakland, Grand Avenue has a fairly limited number of establishments.
What are the transportation options in Piedmont?
Bus service is offered in Piedmont by AC Transit. Piedmont is connected to the BART stations in Oakland by bus routes 12 and 33. On weekdays, Route 33 covers Upper Piedmont traveling to Estates Drive in addition to BART stations. A Transbay bus is also offered by AC Transit. During peak commute times, take Route P to the Transbay Terminal in Downtown San Francisco.
What is the average weather in Piedmont?
Piedmont has a brief, chilly, partly foggy winter and a warm-summer Mediterranean climate with long, comfortable, and mainly clear summers. Throughout the year, the temperature normally fluctuates between 43°F and 76°F. From June to October, the warm season lasts for roughly 4.4 months, with September being the hottest month. The typical daily maximum temperature at this time is about 75°F. The mild season, which runs from December through February, lasts for about 2.2 months. The coldest month is January, with an average low of 44°F and high of 56°F.