Andrea,  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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Jim Walker, Agent, Carmichael, CA
Tue Jan 19, 2016
One responder incorrectly wrote "over 16". That was wrong. 16 or more is the right answer. So it includes 16.
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BernieP, Home Owner, San Diego, CA
Tue Feb 25, 2014
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.
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Ruth and Per…, Agent, Los Gatos, CA
Mon Oct 17, 2011
Hi Andrea

The answer would be yes per California Law.

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Rebekah Owen,…, Agent, San Jose, CA
Wed Aug 25, 2010
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!

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James Peters…, Agent, Los Gatos, CA
Fri Apr 24, 2009
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.
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John Souerbry, Agent, Fairfield, CA
Tue Jan 20, 2009
California law says "over 16 units".
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