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Andrea, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA

Hello, so if you have 16 unit apartment complex in Campbell, CA - do you need an "on-site" property manager?

Asked by Andrea, San Jose, CA Tue Jan 20, 2009

Can it be one of the tenants that would oversee the complex and be compensated for it?

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California Code of Regulations, Title 25, section 42, requires property owners of apartment buildings with 16 or more units to have on-site resident managers living on their properties. There is no such requirement for apartment buildings with less than 16 units.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 25, 2014
Oh, BTW, I'm a Lead Housing Attorney @ Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. 110 S. Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114
Flag Tue Feb 25, 2014
Hi Andrea

The answer would be yes per California Law.


Also an excellent must read is :

http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/catenant.pdf

Good luck

Perry

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 17, 2011
Hi Andrea!!

California Code calls for 16 or more units to have an onsite manager [Cal Code of Regulations, Title 24, 42} - which is why there are so many 15 unit buildings!!

My onsite managers are tenants with good boundaries and an even temper - because tenants can do crazy things in the middle of the night!. The manager gets reduced rent or even free rent in some of our larger projects.

Some of our clients even have onsite management along with our management because, while the onsite manager takes care of noise, repairs and other immediate issues, we are more aware of the current laws, accounting issues and legal/eviction issues.

Lastly, our onsite managers get an annual 1099 because they are "working" for that reduced rent.

Hope that helps!

Rebekah
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 25, 2010
Andrea, Yes, a 16 unit apartment complex requires an on-site manager, and you can hire some one that lives in one of the units and discount the rent as compensation. Just be careful who you choose. You are better off hiring someone with a background in property management, yet it is not required to have a real estate licence for this person.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 24, 2009
California law says "over 16 units".
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 20, 2009
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