I hired Rudulph Real Estate to manage my rental property in one of the most prestigious areas of Birmingham, AL, Stonehedge in last year. The house is large (3650 sq. ft.) and beautiful. The first tenants only stayed a year and there was no problems.
The new tenants were in the house until October as I was thinking of selling it. Rudulph had said they were not going to list anymore houses in that area since it was too far for them to manage. He gave me the name of a new property manager. I contacted the new property manager and signed a new contract with them. I decided to re-rent the property.
The new manager entered the property and was horrified by the condition of the house and sent me pictures to verify everything he was telling me. Rudulph Real Estate did not enter the property during this time frame of 13 or 14 years and told me he was not responsible since it has been over 10 years and the courts would not side with him. The pictures showed the house had been incredibly abused.
Parts of the ceiling was falling down, the walls needed to be repainted and were damaged, and the carpets were heavily soiled. The outside was missing screens, the wood was damaged and needed to be repainted. The downspouts were missing causing water damage in the basement. The brand new air conditioner units were in bad shape and the indoor filters were never changed.
The house took several months to repair and at great expense. The house is finally ready to move into and is on the market as of the date of this report. Each month the house remains vacant we are losing money since there is a mortgage on the property. Rudulph Real Estate takes no responsibility for this. I have other properties in other states and the property manager enters the property every so often and whatever needs to be fixed is fixed promptly.
If you have rental property in Birmingham, Alabama think twice about using Rudulph Real Estate. Before the contract is signed the make sure everything looks good. When, of course, it won’t be. They were hired to do a specific job managing my house and they did not do that. A house is an investment whether it is a rental or a primary residence.
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