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Malibu has become a tourist and relocation hot-spot and great place to own investment real estate. With many real estate investors living outside of Malibu, it is important to have an experienced property management company to represent and protect your investment. Whether you own a house, condo, townhouse, or other investment property in Malibu, 4 Malibu Real Estate understands the Malibu market as well as the local Westside such as Pacific Palisades, Topanga and Santa Monica. As a home owner or investor you have chosen a great place to own rental property. Having a reputable Malibu property management company in your corner will take all the heavy lifting off your shoulders, such as property maintenance, financial reporting, accounting and leasing. Due to Malibu’s great lifestyle, weather, and beaches it creates rentals opportunities that can be both a blessing and a headache all at the same time. Having a Malibu property management company handling the leasing of your residential property will lighten the load for you. We handle all marketing, advertising, lead contacts, follow-up, lease preparation and tenant management 365 days a year so you can enjoy life. If you own property in Malibu and are in need of a Malibu property management company please call us at 310.456.0220 or email

What We Offer

The following is a list of the tasks property managers commonly perform for owners. This isn’t intended to be a comprehensive list of property management services, but it should give you a fair idea of the scope of a property management company’s activities.

Evaluate the property and determine an accurate rental rate

  • Perform detailed documentation of the interior and exterior including photos.
  • Offer recommendations on repairs and cosmetic improvements that maximize monthly rent while providing good ROI.
  • Gather data on rental rates in the area and work with owners to determine the optimal rental rate.
  • Discuss with owners the pros and cons of different policies such as accepting pets, allowing smoking etc.

Market the property for rent

  • Prepare home for rent.
    • Clean home and optimize interior appeal.
    • Manicure landscaping to increase curb appeal.
  • Create ads tailored to the property and advertising medium. Some of the mediums commonly used are:
    • Paid and free rental listing websites
    • Print publications
    • Signs
    • MLS
    • Fliers
  • Work with other realtors and leasing agents to find a tenant.
  • Field calls from prospects for questions and viewings.
  • Meet prospective tenants for showings throughout the week and weekend.
  • Provide prospective tenants with rental applications that are legally compliant with fair housing laws.
  • Collect applications with application fee.

Tenant Screening and Selection

  • Perform a background check to verify identity, income, credit history, rental history, etc.
  • Grade tenant according to pre-defined tenant criteria.
  • Inform tenants who were turned down.

Tenant Move In

  • Draw up leasing agreement.
  • Confirm move in date with tenant.
  • Review lease guidelines with tenant regarding things like rental payment terms and required property maintenance.
  • Ensure all agreements have been properly executed.
  • Perform detailed move in inspection with tenant and have tenants sign a report verifying the condition of the property prior to move-in.
  • Collect first month’s rent and security deposit.

Rent collection

  • Receiving rent
  • Sending out pay or quit notices.
  • Enforcing late fees.


  • Filing relevant paperwork to initiate and complete an unlawful detainer action
  • Representing owner in court.
  • Coordinating with law enforcement to remove tenant and tenants possessions from unit.

What We Charge

We charge 8 – 15% of actual gross monthly collection depending on property type.

  • Single Family Residence | 10-15%
  • Multi-Unit Building | 8-12%
  • Furnished or Short-Term Lease | 20-30%
  • Vacation Rental | 30%


  • Refer owner to a qualified attorney when necessary.
  • Understand and abide by the latest local, state and federal legislation that apply to renting and maintaining rental properties.


  • Perform periodic inspections (Inside and outside) on a predefined schedule looking for repair needs, safety hazards, code violations, lease violations, etc.
  • Send owner periodic reports on the condition of the property.


  • Provide accounting property management services.
  • Detailed documentation of expenses via invoices and receipts.
  • Maintain all historical records (paid invoices, leases, inspection reports, warranties, etc.).
  • Provide annual reporting, structured for tax purposes as well as required tax documents including a 1099 form.
  • Provide easy to read monthly cash-flow statements which offer a detailed breakdown of income and itemized expenses.

Maintenance, Repairs, and Remodeling

  • Provide and oversee an in-house maintenance crew.
  • Establish a preventative maintenance policy to identify and deal with repair needs.
  • Provide a network of licensed, bonded and fully insured contractors who have been vetted for good pricing and good work that is up to code.
  • Assign jobs to different parties (in-house employees, handyman and professional contractors) based on who will do the best job for the best price.
  • Maintain outdoor areas
    • Leaf removal
    • Landscaping
    • Removing trash and debris
  • Maintain and monitor an emergency repair hot-line.
    • Larger renovation or rehab projects
    • Provide recommendations on how the project can maximize rental income.
    • Prepare preliminary cost estimates.
    • Get multiple independent bids for the work.
    • Act as general contractor overseeing the work.

Tenant Move Out

  • Inspect unit and fill out a report on the property’s condition when the client moves out
  • Provide tenant with a copy as well as estimated damages.
  • Return the balance of the security deposit to the tenant.
  • Forward any portion of the owner’s portion of the tenant deposit to the owner or hold in owner reserves for repairs.
  • Clean unit and perform and needed repairs or upgrades.
  • Re-key the locks.
  • Put the property back on the market for rent.