Property Management Horror Stories – The Volleyball Eviction

Evicted tenant throws a volleyball tournamentJust when we thought we had been through it all..

 

Recently we were forced to evict a sports club from one of our buildings in Sacramento County. We met the Sheriff on site, posted the eviction notice and changed the locks. About a week later we got a call from the tenant next to our recently evicted tenant. We were told that the parking lot was full of kids and that the sports club was operating a tournament next door. When we arrived on site, we found our former tenant had broken into the space they had been evicted from, changed the locks and were operating a full scale volleyball tournament on site and there were at least 150 kids and parents attending the tournament!

Not to be flustered by these unusual circumstances, we contacted the local police and once again escorted the tenant off the property. While our locksmith was changing the locks we had several parents coming to us and asking for refunds for the tournament entry fee they had just paid! The sports club operators by this time were nowhere to be found and we assume they kept all the entry fees.

A volleyball tournament being run covertly by an evicted tenant in the space they were evicted from… Definitely not your usual occurrence!

 

Needless to say, this was the first time we had ever had a tenant break into a space they had been evicted from to once again do business. The eviction was handled correctly and within the law. We eventually were able to auction off the tenants remaining equipment left in the space and retrieve most of the past due rent for our building owner.

Evictions are a sometimes unpleasant but necessary part of Property Management and part of protecting your investment and maximizing your ROI. Do you have a property Management company on your side that you trust to help you if something starts to go wrong with the tenant relationship? Contact Galilee Commercial Property Management to discuss how we can help protect your Investment in Sacramento.

Should you have your Property Manager be the leasing agent for your commercial property?

Can a Property Manager balance the role of Leasing Agent as well?

Can the roles of Property Manager and Leasing Agent be successfully fulfilled by the same person?

The answer to this depends on what type of relationship you have with your property manager. Is your manager on site? Do they manage other similar properties in the area for other owners? Do they have the time it takes to properly market your property to the correct audience?

If your manager is located on site, they might be in a good position to lease your property. But what if they have other managed properties in the area similar to yours? There may be a conflict of interest as to where they steer potential tenants. Also, it is our experience that most are too busy to spend the time on the phone, online, or knocking on doors to find tenants for your building or any other for that matter.

Our advice is to leave the leasing agent role to the broker professionals and the management to independent professional Property Managers. At Galilee Commercial Property Management there is no confusion over roles. We are here to manage your Sacramento property and help you achieve the best return on your investment. Contact us Today to discuss our services and how we can best help you!