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Finding Your Next Manager Within Your Park

The 5-step system in this video works very well if you are going to find someone outside of your park. However, you can often find a great manager within your park. The benefit of hiring someone who already lives in the park include the fact that they’ll usually know the area, know the park, and be available after normal business hours (which is when most problems occur). Here’s how to find and hire a manager within your park (assuming a good candidate is living in your park):

  1. Drive or walk through the park and look for the best-kept homes and lots in the park. Try do do this during the day during the work-week. You’re looking for the tenants who clearly take pride in their home and have a sense of ownership (as opposed to a “renter” mentality). Note the space numbers and whether or not someone is home (usually indicated by a car being present).
  2. Take your list of space numbers to the office and pull up the rent rolls to figure out which of the tenants on the list pay their rent on time (or early). You want to disqualify anyone that doesn’t pay their rent on time – if they are not responsible with their own money, they won’t be responsible with your money.
  3. Draft a letter outlining the property manager position and include a call-back number in case the person is interested. Ideally, you want them to call you to demonstrate that they have initiative.
  4. Interview the tenants that respond. To reduce the risk of embezzlement, consider that retirees or stay-at-home tenants are already demonstrating through their behavior that they don’t “need” the job or the money, which reduces the risks they’ll feel the temptation to embezzle.
  5. Because they already live in the park, it’s easy to forward the park phone number to the manager and put them through a probationary period.
  6. Speak to your attorney to set up an appropriate legal contract (either an Employment Agreement or Independent Contractor Agreement) before they start
  7. Make sure you have Workers Comp Insurance and avoid under-the-table compensation deals (which can hurt you if you terminate them and they file for unemployment or if they get hurt on the job).

Finding Your Next Manager Outside Your Park

If you’re not going to find a manager inside your park, you’re likely going to need to advertise. Here are a few places and ways to advertise (your experience will vary and we’re not endorsing any one platform over another):

Hiring Veterans

Men and women who have served in the military or in emergency services often represent a great pool of candidates. Here are a few resources where you can find them:

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