Lease renewals are a core workflow in property management that need to be executed with care and professionalism to get the desired outcome.
As is the case with property management in general, the lease renewal process depends on a series of decisions made by the property manager, property owner, and the tenant which can be unpredictable and demands adaptability on the part of the property manager to avoid delays, frustration, and unnecessary costs.
The dependency on decisions made by owners and tenants means that it is absolutely critical to stay ahead of the game and maintain a consistent flow of communication with both the owner and the tenant to ensure they are comfortable with moving forward, whether that be renewing the lease or vacating the property.
In this post, I’m going to run through the lease renewal process, break down what it involves, explain how a smooth process benefits your property management firm, provide some tips for handling key components like raising rent, negotiating, and evaluating the suitability of month-to-month leases.
Finally, I’ll go through how simple workflow software can streamline the whole process and help you avoid facing challenges that stifle growth, namely having to constantly find, screen and onboard new tenants. Though this is sometimes unavoidable, a formal, documented process that is followed by your team and tracked by managers puts you in the best position to manage the lease renewal process as effectively as possible.