Can I list my house For Sale while the house is rented?
ForeShore’s preference is to not have a house on the For Sale market while we have it rented. However, when the owner makes the decision to list the house, ForeShore cooperates with the Realtor and tries to make the best of the situation. We do ask that the Realtor put the lock box at the house instead of on the door. Additionally, we request a standard 24-hour courtesy notice to the tenant. Once the notice is received the tenant puts the lock box outside by the door for use by the Realtor.
Do you allow smoking in your rental properties?
We do not allow smoking in any of our managed properties.
Do you charge the tenant a security deposit? What about a pet fee?
Yes. Our policy is that the security deposit is typically one month's rent and is deposited into a non-interest bearing escrow account.
Pets are not allowed without owner permission. When pets are allowed, an additional pet fee of typically $350-$500 is required for each cat, dog or other animal. Any damage above and beyond the pet deposit remains the tenant’s responsibility.
Does ForeShore coordinate maintenance for its managed properties?
ForeShore contracts with some of the area’s most reliable contractors. All of ForeShore’s contractors are licensed and insured.
How are evictions handled?
ForeShore files the paperwork with the Magistrate. There is usually a 22-30 day wait before appearing in front of the Judge. Typically, we are forced to evict for non-payment. ForeShore’s lease is compliant with SC state laws. In this case, we would seek a 24-hour writ to evict and if court is on a Wednesday, we would expect to receive a call on Monday or Tuesday of the following week and have the house back in our possession by Wednesday.
How do I sign up for management of my property?
The first step is to contact Brian to schedule a visit to your property. The next step is signing a management agreement. Once the management is signed, ForeShore will photograph the property and get the details of your property entered into ForeShore’s websites and the various market places.
How do you market your rental properties?
ForeShore markets our properties online through our own website, social media and all the major real estate marketplaces including: Zillow, Trulia, Hotpads, Craigslist and others.
What are ForeShore’s fees?
ForeShore does not collect upfront fees. Once the property is rented there is a leasing fee of $200 plus our standard 10% commission.
What is your process for screening tenants?
ForeShore’s tenant screening is incorporated in our application process and is part of the process. We use Experian for tenant screening. We also check employment, verify income, tenant verification through past landlords and if the tenant is from the local area, and we check the Bluffton Magistrate for any cases pending. (i.e. drug charges, evictions, etc.).