About Only The Best Housing
My husband Rick and I take a great deal of pride in our corporate/vacation rentals. We not only own some of the properties but we also manage others. Whether the home you rent through ONLY THE BEST HOUSING is owned by us or managed by us - our guarantee is on it. You can rest assured that it will be clean and nicely equipped with a large flat panel TV, WI-FI, comfortable beds, nice linens, adequate cookware and a washer dryer. Our travelers should always feel comfortable knowing that we are only a phone call away if you find that something doesn’t meet your expectations.
Benefits Of Using Our Corporate Housing
- Less expensive than a hotel
- Ability to entertain
- Full kitchen
- Full laundry
Home Owner Opportunities
Thank you for considering us for your rental needs. We take our business very seriously and will aggressively market it to the widest audience. Below is the complete step by step process of
what to expect as we walk through the process of renting your home.
Staging: We will come to your home, meet with you and take photos. We will most likely offer suggestions as to what we see as a barrier to getting the most rent. Many times it is as simple as removing “stuff”. We’ve found through feedback from our clients that they generally like clean, modern, comfortable but minimal surroundings. Outdated floral or checkered sofas, afghans, and plastic flowers don’t photograph well and will rear their ugly heads in the rents we are able to get for you.
Advertising: The photos and description of the property will be placed on the website and on the free sites as well. If you are trying to rent your property yourself and have ads out, your prices
have to be in line with ours. We have no desire to compete with the owner.
Your Decisions: At that time you will tell us what you would like for rent, security deposit, whether you will accept pets and if so what limitations (breed, weight, etc.) you will set on those pets.
You will tell us what you are willing to include. Most furnished units include the cable and Wi-Fi in the rent.
Cleaning: Based on the size of
your home, we will determine what the cleaning fee will be. The cleaning fee is
paid by the client to you at the same time the rent is paid. After the client moves out it is your
responsibility to schedule a cleaning.
We sometimes have contacts in the area of good cleaning people and you
may want to consider using one of them. On
occasion we have owners want to clean the unit themselves and we will have no
issue with it as long as your standards are similar to ours. Remember, the client is renting through Only
the Best Housing, LLC and it‘s our company that will, in their mind, be at
Application: If your contract is with a company it isn’t necessary to do a background search. The rents are guaranteed by the placement agency. In all other cases we send the client an application. The application will entail getting a copy of the driver’s license and pay stubs of all adults. We do employment verification, Circuit Court Check and a reference check. Anything over and above is your responsibility.
Contract: Once we are given your approval we will draw up the contract. If you want anything special in the contract you have to let us know. This is your contract and will have your signature at the bottom. However, we will share with you where the statutes stand on a particular issue. After you look at it the contract is sent to the client. They are instructed to sign it and scan it to you. You then sign it and either scan it back to them or put it in the mail to the client. We don’t need a signed copy.
Deposit: The deposit is due at the time the contract is signed and it is not legal until you obtain the funds. We tell the client to scan the contract back to you and drop the check in the mail at the same time. You need to call, text or email us that you have received the funds. Until we know that you have a signed contract, with a deposit, we will continue to pursue the renting of your home. We generally allow five days from the time the client receives the contract to when you should receive the deposit.
Check in Sheet: We will provide you a check in sheet. The client is to walk through the home and list anything that falls short of excellence. Whether it is a scratch on the furniture or a stain on the carpet, they are to write it down. You are to take possession of the check in sheet and provide the client a copy. The client’s signature needs to be at the bottom. On the day of move out you are to take the check in sheet and compare any damage to what is already on the sheet. I will assist you in assessing a damage fee and writing up the letter to the client or company for withholding funds.
Walk-Through: You’ll notice a place on the contract where we have asked you to conduct a walk-through of the property. It’s important to let tenants know that you care about your property and
will hold them accountable if they don’t care about your property.
Responsiveness: It’s so important to be responsive when we call. So frequently we need an answer to our questions and we need it quickly. That being said, we totally understand that many people have obligations, family, jobs, life…and can’t be tied to their phones.
We are not Managers: Property managers take 30% of your monthly rent or an entire month of rent if contracting for a year. In exchange they handle all of the middle of the night and weekend calls. They arrange maintenance and they handle evictions. We are not managers. We are strictly rental agents. We rent your property and then you take over.
We don’t act as Real Estate Agents: Real Estate Agents can show property and tell the client where the property lines are. They are able to negotiate land contracts and sales. Although some of us actually do have a real estate license that is not what you signed on for. We are rental agents.
The Bad Side of Land-lording: From time to time we come across a landlord who just doesn’t want to make improvements or repairs to the property and tries to swindle clients out of their security deposit. We have no desire to be involved in illegal activities and will cut ties quickly.
Commission: After you have received a signed contract and a deposit we will invoice you for 20% of one month’s rent or 20% of a block of time. If your home rents for $2000 per month and we rent it for 3 months you will receive a bill for $400. If we rent your lake house for $1500 per week and we rent it for 3 weeks you will receive a bill for $300. We try to book for the longest period of time because we know it will make you happy, want to keep us around and we hope that you will be so happy with our service that you will tell your friends.