Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Hire a Property Manager?

Choosing a professional property management company in southern Utah can help you save money and time, which makes Keyrenter invaluable for many of our clients.

Many property owners feel overwhelmed by tasks like marketing a home, finding great renters, and dealing with financial issues—fortunately, our staff excels in these areas.

To learn more about how we can help, why not schedule a free consultation today: (435) 414-6600

You might also enjoy our Learning Center article, "Should I Manage My Property On My Own?"

Is My House Ready to Rent?

Homes need to be in good condition before a renter can be found for the property. You may need to paint the walls, repair broken appliances, and resolve pest problems before renting the home. 

In some cases, we recommend paying for a professional cleaning crew to prepare the home for showings. 

How Much Rent Will My Home Earn?

Every property is unique, with different factors that impact the monthly rental cost. From the number of bedrooms to the neighborhood where your home sits, many of the deciding factors are outside of your control. 

Having said that, there are always changes you can make to boost your property value. Updating the kitchen, investing in new carpets, or simply paying for new landscaping can all make a difference. If you're looking to grow the rental value of your home, talk to your property manager about potential weaknesses in your rental. 

How Long Does it Take to Find Renters?

Finding the right tenants for your property doesn't happen overnight, but most properties find a renter within four weeks. During that time, we work diligently to market the home, respond to enquiries, and schedule showings. 

We also strive to limit the time your home sits vacant by advertising the listing before the current tenant moves out—this helps minimize the financial losses associated with property turnover.

How Do I Pay My Monthly Management Fee?

Keyrenter deducts your management fee from the monthly rental checks we receive. Costs associated with maintenance and other expenses may also be deducted. 

Can I Enter My Property After Its Rented?

Legally speaking, landlords and their representatives can enter a rental home for inspections and emergency situations as necessary. We conduct inspections as part of our regular property management packages, but we advise our clients to refrain from visiting their property unless absolutely necessary. 

Repeated visits tend to make tenants unhappy, which can increase your turnover rate. 

What Happens if a Tenant Stops Paying Rent?

We work with our tenants to make payment arrangements whenever possible, but back rent is cause for eviction in many cases. If a tenant stops paying his bills, we will make every effort to collect, before taking the necessary legal measures to evict the renter and recoup any debts owed. 

What Happens if a Renter Damages My Home?

We do our best to find great tenants for all of our properties, conducting a thorough search for renters and screening applications carefully for red flags. 

General wear and tear is to be expected in rental properties, but damage must be paid for by the tenant. 

Should we discover unreported damage during a move-out inspection, the cost for repairs will be deducted from the security deposit.

Can I Raise the Rent for My Property?

The rent amount is set for the duration of a tenant's lease, during which time you cannot raise the monthly rent. 

After a lease expires, you can choose to raise the rent, but we always recommend speaking to one of our staff members before making this decision. We strive to set rent rates in accordance with fair market value. 

If you overprice your rental, you may find it near impossible to find the right tenant. Our staff uses our knowledge of the real estate market in southern Utah to make informed pricing decisions. If you have concerns, talk to us about improvements that could increase your property's lease value. 

Can I Forbid Animals in my Rental?

Some homeowners feel strongly about pets and do not wish for tenants to possess an animal. If this is the case, the unit can be rented with a "no pets" clause in the lease. 

Before you make this decision, remember, saying no pets can drastically reduce the pool of renters interested in your home. If you're concerned about potential damage to your property, you may wish to instead consider a pet deposit. 

The pet deposit serves as extra collateral, in case an animal causes damage to a home.