Problem with getting money from property manager

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This is second month that the property management company has not send me my rent i have called and always the same it should be on your account 24 to 48 hrs i dont know what to do i am in different state. Please help

That sounds terrible. Can you share any more info? What city and state is the rental in? Are you calling or emailing the property management comoany? Have you contacted someone local from the area to assist you?

Its in Bay City, Michigan and i am using phone and a email. Company is A.S.A.M i am considering to drive there on my day of and confront the company owner.its 9hrs from TN. Who should i contact localy?

@Daniel Liska in MI, a property management company must be licensed, so you could reach out to the department of licensing and regulatory affairs to file a formal complaint. Here's the site for more information -

I agree with @Emily B. Contact the licensing board and file a complaint. They will contact the property manager and that should be enough to motivate the manager to make good. Start looking for a new property manager immediately.

You can start by going to and search their directory of managers. These are professionals with additional training and a stricter code of ethics. It's no guarantee but it's a good place to start.

1. Ask how many units they manage and how much experience they have. If it's a larger organization, feel free to inquire about their different staff qualifications.

2. Review their management agreement. Make sure it explicitly explains the process for termination if you are unhappy with their services, but especially if they violate the terms of your agreement.

3. Understand the fees involved and calculate the total cost for an entire year of management so you can compare the different managers. It may sound nice to pay a 5% management fee but the extra fees can add up to be more than the other company that charges 10% with no add-on fees. Fees should be clearly stated, easy to understand, and justifiable. If you ask the manager to justify a fee and he starts hemming and hawing, move on or require them to remove the fee. Don't be afraid to negotiate!

4. Review their lease agreement and addendums. Think of all the things that could go wrong and see if the lease addresses them: unauthorized pets or tenants, early termination, security deposit, lease violations, late rent, eviction, lawn maintenance, parking, etc.

5. Don't just read the lease! Ask the manager to explain their process for dealing with maintenance or problem tenants. If they are professional, they can explain this quickly and easily. If they are VERY professional, they will have their processes in writing as verification that it is enforced equally and fairly by their entire staff.

6. Ask to speak with some of their current owners and current/former tenants. You can also check their reviews online at Google, Facebook, or Yelp. Just remember: most negative reviews are written by problematic tenants. The fact they are complaining online might be an indication the property manager dealt with them properly so be sure to ask the manager for their side of the story.

I hope this basic guide helps. If you have specific questions about property management, I'll be happy to help!