What types of properties do you manage?
We manage all types of real estate from small studio apartments to large single-family homes. American Property Services can and does manage all types of properties including homes on acreage, commercial and even business.
Do you allow pets?
Pets are normally welcomed in our units unless an owner has specifically stated they will not allow pets. It will depend on the size of the unit and the pet you wish to reside with you as to our decision. Absolutely no pit bulls are allowed on any of our properties due to insurance issues.
What do you look for when reviewing an application?
It’s not always the first applicant that puts in their information that will necessarily be chosen for the unit. It will be based on the best suited for the property. Once your application has been submitted and we begin the verification of information you have provided we will stay with your application until you have either been accepted or rejected for any of our units. Honesty on your application is definitely the best policy. If you have problems from past credit, landlords etc., tell us. Don’t let us find out on our own…
Do you accept co-signors?
Yes, but remember, each co-signor must qualify on their information and must fill out an application just as if they were going to occupy the unit themselves. Co-signors are only guaranteeing the rent and will not be parties to the actual agreement.
How much is the security deposit?
The law allows for a security deposit to be 2-times the amount of the rent and therefore this is the amount American Property Services requires. We will, however, assist you in possible payments on a portion of this security if your information deems you to be reliable and we believe you will make the payments. Under NO circumstances would the security deposit ever be allowed to be used as a last month’s rent. Upon move-out your security deposit will be refunded within 21-days as the law allows minus any fees incurred and not paid by the tenant.
Do you require a lease?
No, American Property Services does not require a lease. Most of our rentals are on a month-to-month basis; therefore all that is required of either party is for a 30-day notice to be given in writing prior to move-out.
What is the application procedure?
An application must be submitted to our office prior to showing the properties you may be interested in. Once you have been approved you will be shown those units you may have inquired about or others that may suit your needs. Once you have chosen a unit that you wish to occupy, you must provide one months rent to hold the unit for you if it is not ready for occupancy. Once the unit is ready, you will be required to provide all moneys due and signatures on all contracts. Once this is done you are given the keys to your unit and you are now officially our tenant. We currently have all our listing on our website or on our office rental line at 805-489-1236 2#. You can use the application on our website or pick one up at American Property Services 775 Grand Avenue, Suite I, Grover Beach, CA. (Due to safety issues, AMERICA Property Services never accepts CASH payments in our office. Initial moneys must be in the form of a cashiers check or money order. Future rents may be paid with a personal check unless otherwise stated.)
On vacation rentals, how far in advance can they be booked?
We begin October 1st for the coming year to allow our owners a chance to determine their rates and provide us with personal use information. Reservations may be taken by phone with a 3-day allowance for your deposit to reach us.
When is the peak season?
Peak season or summer rates apply from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend. During this time our rentals are mostly on a weekly basis (Saturday-Saturday) and during the off- season (September-May), there is a two-night minimum.
What is provided in the unit?
All of our vacation rentals come fully furnished. For most units, you will need to bring your own linens (sheets & towels). The kitchens are generally equipped with dishes, utensils, stove/oven, refrigerator, pots & pans, and common cooking utensils. If you have questions about a specific item, please contact us.
When do I pay the deposit and rent?
Your deposit must be paid immediately upon making the reservation verbally. All rents must be received at least 30-days prior to check-in whenever possible.
What forms of payment do you accept for vacation rentals?
Cashiers checks or money orders are acceptable. If you are paying well in advance of your stay, a personal check may also be accepted. We do not at this time accept credit cards of any kind. Please DO NOT send cash!
Do vacation rentals allow pets?
Depending on the unit and the pet, we may be able to accommodate you. If a pet is allowed, you will be required to pay for mandatory defleaing and carpet cleaning upon check out.
Where are your vacation rentals located?
Our rentals are mainly on or very close to the water in Oceano, CA. All are within walking distance to the ocean and restaurants. Some sit directly on the ocean frontage while others have a swimming pool and other amenities.
What is your cancellation policy?
Security deposits and rents are fully refundable if you cancel more than one month prior to your check-in date. If the cancellation is less than one month prior to your check-in date, you may lose as much as the full rent amount in the event the unit is not re-occupied for those dates. American Property Services works diligently to obtain another renter to help defray your loss in the event that cancellation is necessary.
What costs in addition to the rent are there?
All rentals have a minimum cleaning fee ($35.00 – $175.00) depending upon the unit and size. This fee will be deducted from your security deposit after your stay. In addition, we are required to collect city/county bed tax based on the total rent amount (10%). Deposits are required for all units in the amount of 2-times the rental amount. This may be reduced once we accept credit cards.