CENTURY 21 Bessette Realty, Inc. provides professional leasing agent services for homes, apartment complexes, and commercial buildings.
The following is a list of the tasks that we provide for our owners:

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.  Rent research will vary, but should include
    looking at the recently rented comparables according to size and type.
  • Discuss with owners the pros and cons of different policies such as accepting pets, allowing smoking etc.
  • Install a lock box if applicable


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.
  • 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
  • Collection applications with application fee



Tenant Screening and Selection

  • Perform a background check to verify identity, income, credit history, rental history, etc.
  • 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 months rent and security deposit



Rent collection

  • Receiving rent
  • Hunting down late payments
  • Sending out pay or quit notices
  • Enforcing late fees


Evictions

  • 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


Legal

  • Understand and abide by the latest local, state and federal legislation that apply to renting and maintaining rental properties.


Financial

  • Provide accounting property management services
  • Detailed documentation of expenses via invoices and receipts
  • Offer Direct Deposit of funds to owners
  • 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


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
  • Clean unit and perform and needed repairs or upgrades
  • Re-key the locks
  • Put the property back on the market for rent

Property Management
3025 Lake Street   Lake Charles, LA 70601     337-474-2185

Each Office Independently Owned and Operated