Property managers supply services to a wide variety of investors.
While routinely thought of as the go-between apartment owners and tenants, property managers also handle relations between owners and tenants of office complexes, shopping centers and other investment properties.
Each type of property has unique management issues and requires a specific set of management skills.
When issues arise and property management experts are called on to provide testimony, that consultant must have the requisite type of property management experience.
Disputes involving property management experts can come in many forms.
Condominium or townhome owners trust the management of their communities to residential property management specialists, but at times those arrangements fail to provide the necessary results.
Maintenance issues may not be properly dealt with, or financial improprieties can result in funds being unaccounted for.
Whatever the issue, there is often a need for experts to locate where the specific issues are and explain how they occurred.
Management of shopping malls may also result in disputes between the management company and tenants or management and owners.
Falling occupancy rates result in losses for investors, forcing them to cut back on services provided.
That, in turn, can harm tenants who rely on center managers for specific services.
The property management company is often caught in the middle, unable to satisfy anyone.
Actions for damages against the property management company are a distinct possibility, and attorneys must be prepared to defend the various positions in any subsequent litigation.
Expert witnesses are used to define accepted practices and determine if those practices have been adhered to by all parties.
Even rural areas with high absentee landownership can see issues involving property management arise.
Improper management of farmland can create significant consequences for the landowners and those with adjacent properties.
Property management experts with agricultural backgrounds may be needed to consult in cases where management issues are present.
Given the broad range of property management specialties, there is a corresponding need for a wide range of consultants specializing in different types of property management.
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