I have owned my park for 4 years. I bought it from an owner who had a bad attitude toward life and the world in general. He didn’t care much for the park and complained about everything even to the tenants. This is a small 17 unit park in a small town. The town does have 2 other parks, my park is right in between the other two in terms of appearance and quality of tenant, my park is the cheapest lot rent in town by $40. When I took ownership, I made myself appear as the representative from a large corporation that had just purchased the park. Truth was, it was my single member LLC that had just took ownership. I think this put a bit of fear into the tenants, they seemed to clean up their yards, do the deferred maintenance their home may have needed, I even had 2 “bad” tenants that the previous owner warned me about move out all on their own. This was great! I’d do it all over again. The problem is, after a couple years, and more so now after 4 years, the tenants can obviously see that I am the sole owner. Their actions are slipping a bit, more rents are being paid on the 10th-15th of the month, garbage sitting on the decks, additional vehicles around, pets running loose, etc. for the most part pretty harmless things. I am concerned that the tenants have seen that I can be pushed over a bit and they are doing just that. Most of my tenants are older than me, (I’m 36) I think that maybe a factor as well. I am for the most part managing the park myself, I do have a gal there that does a bit of management, (cleaning rentals, collects rents from those who pay in cash, handles leasing, etc). I put out the biggest fires as they come up. I would give her a more active part of management but she gets a big head and pushes her weight around a bit to much with authority. Some of my tenants go out of their way to avoid her. I try to limit her authority due to this.
My questions are,
How do I regain respect from my tenants? as I have let them have to much rope over the years, I need to shorten that rope
How can I get more out of my “manager”? I would love to get her to run the park almost exclusively so that I can go look for another park. There really is no one else in the park that I would be comfortable with as a manager.
Also, some more things I should add. I will be adding water meters to the park this Spring and will be billing back the garbage as well, so I will be notifying the tenants of these upcoming changes, Should I just send a letter mentioning the changes, include a copy of the park rules, then follow up a month or 2 later on the violators? Or should I man up, have a park meeting and just be upfront and firm about the changes and the rules? If I do it this way, do I do it individually or have a meeting with all tenants at once?
I am interested in purchasing courses from this website, which courses do you feel would cover these items best?
Sorry for the long post and all the questions, I am looking forward to your responses, Thanks!