How to Run a Successful Property Management Company

Managing affordable housing properties presents unique challenges and opportunities. The balance between providing quality housing and keeping rent affordable is tricky. It takes a keen understanding of market dynamics, regulatory requirements, tenant needs, and efficient operations strategies to run a successful property management company. 

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In this blog, we’ll explore the best practices and essential steps for managing affordable housing properties in the US.

Understanding the Affordable Housing Sector:

It’s important to understand the fundamentals of affordable housing before diving in. In affordable housing, you’ll find rental units priced below market rate for people and families on lower incomes. Many of these properties get government subsidies or incentives to make them affordable. Various federal and state programs govern affordable housing initiatives in the US, like Section 8, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), and Housing Choice Vouchers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Key Factors to Successfully Run Property Management Company:

Running a successful affordable housing property management company requires a multifaceted approach. Here are the key factors to consider:

  • Compliance with Regulations:
    • Understand the federal, state, and local laws governing affordable housing properties, including fair housing laws, rent control ordinances, and occupancy requirements.
    • Make sure you stay up to date on regulations and ensure that you are fully compliant in order to avoid any penalties or legal issues.
  • Tenant Screening and Selection:
    • To ensure that prospective tenants are eligible for affordable housing, implement thorough screening processes.
    • When selecting tenants, follow fair housing practices to avoid discrimination based on 7 protected classes.
  • Maintenance and Property Upkeep:
  • Financial Management:
    • Make sure that all expenses, income, and subsidies are accurately recorded through transparent financial practices.
    • Rent collection processes should be optimized and a variety of strategies implemented to minimize rent arrears and delinquencies.
    • You should also know how to set up ACH payments to automate the payments and enhance security and efficiency.
    • Track all the rental property operating expenses, junk fees, etc., for the record and avoid miscalculations and errors.
  • Tenant Relations and Community Engagement:
    • Promoting open communication with tenants, responding to concerns promptly, and providing responsive customer service will foster positive relationships.
    • You should know how to build a good relationship & communication with your tenants, and reduce the tenant turnover cost.
    • Create a supportive environment for residents by engaging the local community and collaborating with stakeholders.
  • Leveraging Technology:
    • Utilize property management software to streamline administrative tasks, automate rent payments, and facilitate communication with tenants.
    • Embrace digital marketing strategies to attract prospective tenants and enhance visibility in the market.
  • Professional Development and Training:
    • Enhance property management staff’s skills and keep them abreast of industry best practices by investing in ongoing training and development.
    • It is beneficial to get professional certifications, such as Certified Property Managers (CPM) and Accredited Residential Managers (ARMs), to demonstrate expertise and credibility.


You need regulatory compliance, tenant-focused strategies, financial acumen, and operational efficiency to manage affordable housing in the US. By focusing on tenant satisfaction, staying in compliance with regulations, and embracing technology, property management companies can thrive in affordable housing. You can make a meaningful impact on providing safe, affordable housing for individuals and families across the country if you’re committed to excellence and proactive.

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