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My family and I own rental property. I manage and rent them

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My family and I own rental property. I manage and rent them out. I have some friends who own properties and would like me to manage them. I am not a licensed real estate broker. Is it legal for me to do so and charge for my service?
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Is it legal for me to do so and charge for my service?

I am afraid not. California requires property managers to have or work under someone who holds a real estate broker's license. (The only exception to this law is for property owners who manage their own buildings.)

A broker's license is required for any person or company that, for compensation, leases or rents or offers to lease or rent, or places for rent, or solicits listings of places for rent, or solicits for prospective tenants, or negotiates the sale, purchase or exchanges of leases on real property, or collects rents from real property, or improvements thereon.

California Department of Real Estate will require anyone who is not managing their own building to have a license, or, work under someone that does.

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